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Abe Vigoda
Birth name Abraham Charles Vigodah
Born February 24, 1921 (1921-02-24) (age 86)
New York, New York, Flag of United States United States
Notable roles * Sal Tessio in The Godfather
* Det. Sgt. Phil Fish in Barney Miller and Fish


Abe Vigoda (born Abraham Charles Vigodah on February 24, 1921) is an American movie and television actor who bears a striking resemblance to professional poker player Gus Hansen. February 24 is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The Godfather is a 1972 crime film based on the novel of the same name by Mario Puzo and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, with screenplay by Puzo and Coppola. ... Barney Miller was a comedy television series set in a New York City police station that ran from January 23, 1975, to May 20, 1982 on ABC. It was created by Danny Arnold (who also did work on Gilligans Island and The Brady Bunch) and Theodore J. Flicker. ... In the USA, Fish was a spinoff of the television series Barney Miller. ... February 24 is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar). ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Gustav Hansen (born February 13, 1974 outside Copenhagen, Denmark) is a professional poker player who lives in Monaco. ...


Vigoda was born in New York City to Lena and Samuel Vigodah, Jewish immigrants from Russia.[1] Vigoda gained fame through his supporting character roles, notably as mobster Sal Tessio in the 1972 movie The Godfather. He later played Detective Sgt. Fish on the television series Barney Miller and its spinoff Fish. Before Barney Miller, he made a few appearances on the ABC-TV soap Dark Shadows. He has appeared on Broadway in Marat/Sade (1967), The Man in the Glass Booth (1968), Inquest (1970), Tough to Get Help (1972), and Arsenic and Old Lace (1987). New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... For other uses, see Jew (disambiguation). ... As Don Vito Corleone rose to prominence in the Mafia underworld, Tessio and Clemenza rose with him, eventually settling into the capo role. ... The Godfather is a 1972 crime film based on the novel of the same name by Mario Puzo and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, with screenplay by Puzo and Coppola. ... Barney Miller was a comedy television series set in a New York City police station that ran from January 23, 1975, to May 20, 1982 on ABC. It was created by Danny Arnold (who also did work on Gilligans Island and The Brady Bunch) and Theodore J. Flicker. ... In the USA, Fish was a spinoff of the television series Barney Miller. ... ABC TV, sometimes ABC-TV, is a national public television channel in Australia. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Broadway theatre[1] is the most prestigious form of professional theatre in the U.S., as well as the most well known to the general public and most lucrative for the performers, technicians and others involved in putting on the shows. ... The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade, published in 1963, is a play by Peter Weiss, directed both on stage and screen by Peter Brook. ... DVD cover for the film The Man in the Glass Booth is a 1975 film adaptation of the novel and stage play by Robert Shaw (uncredited) about a Jewish man who is accused of being a Nazi war criminal. ... Arsenic and Old Lace is a play by American playwright Joseph Kesselring, written in 1939. ...


He has been mentioned in popular works by artists such as the Beastie Boys and Liz Phair. He makes regular appearances as himself (usually in skits relating to his age) on the television show Late Night with Conan O'Brien. The Beastie Boys are a musical group from the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan. ... Liz Phair (born Elizabeth Clark Phair on April 17, 1967 in New Haven, Connecticut) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... Late Night with Conan OBrien is an American late night talk show on NBC that is also syndicated worldwide. ...

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Reports of his death

In 1982, Vigoda enjoyed a little extra publicity when People magazine erroneously declared him dead. Vigoda took the error with good humor, posing for a photograph showing him sitting up in a coffin, holding the magazine in question. This rumor was nearly started again in 1987 when a reporter for Secaucus, New Jersey television station WWOR, Channel 9 erroneously referred to him as "the late Abe Vigoda." She corrected herself on the air the next day. His erroneous death has remained a running joke for Vigoda. For example, a Late Night with David Letterman skit showed Letterman trying to summon the ghost of Vigoda. Abe then walked in and declared, "I'm not dead, you idiot!" Also, a November 2006 Conan O'Brien sketch showed an audience member summoning the dead. The "deceased person" turned out to be Vigoda. Various notable people have had their death announced in error. ... Secaucus is a town in Hudson County, New Jersey, USA. As of the United States 2000 Census, the town population was 15,931. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... Conan Christopher OBrien (born April 18, 1963)[1] is an Emmy-winning American comedian, writer and television personality best known as host of NBCs late-night talk/variety show Late Night with Conan OBrien. ...


In 1999, Vigoda experienced a potentially life-threatening situation. While he was a passenger aboard American Airlines Flight 180 from San Diego to New York, the plane experienced a burst compressed air line in the passenger cabin. Oxygen masks were deployed, and the plane made an emergency descent and landing in Palm Springs. Vigoda and five other passengers were listed as "slightly injured." American Airlines (AA) is the largest airline in the world in terms of total passengers-miles transported[1] and fleet size [2], and the second-largest airline in the world (behind Air France-KLM) in terms of total operating revenues[3]. A wholly owned subsidiary of the AMR Corporation, the... Nickname: Location of San Diego within San Diego County Coordinates: , Country United States State California County San Diego Founded July 16, 1769 Incorporated March 27, 1850 Government  - Mayor Jerry Sanders  - City Attorney Michael Aguirre  - City Council Scott Peters Kevin Faulconer Toni Atkins Tony Young Brian Maienschein Donna Frye Jim Madaffer... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ... Palm Springs is a famed Riverside County, California, desert resort city, approximately 110 miles east of Los Angeles. ...


Mr. Vigoda now resides in Riverdale, in the northwest Bronx.


Web humor

Greg Galcik created the website abevigoda.com in May 2001, which was a single page displaying "Abe Vigoda's status" which reports whether Abe Vigoda is currently alive or dead. In 2002, Galcik recorded a gothic rock song, Abe Vigoda's Dead, a parody of Bela Lugosi's Dead by Bauhaus. SpinnWebe SpinnWebe is the personal website of Greg Galcik, also known as spinn. ... Gothic rock (sometimes called goth rock or simply, goth) is a genre of rock music that originated during the late 1970s. ... Bela Lugosis Dead is an influential gothic rock song (often considered to be the first) written by the band Bauhaus. ... Bauhaus are an English Goth rock band, formed in Northampton in 1978. ...


In 2004, programmer Bob Vesterman released the Abe Vigoda Status extension for the Mozilla Firefox web browser, so the user's Firefox status bar would display whether Vigoda was alive or dead. The extension's humor made it a common pick as journalists described the new field of browser extensions and it became quite popular, especially after being posted on the website Fark.com. The ensuing traffic briefly crashed Vesterman's website. As of 2006, updates of the extension are no longer available and currently installed versions no longer work. Mozilla Firefox showing several extensions and a custom theme Extensions are an installable enhancement to the Mozilla Firefox or Mozilla web browsers, and add features to the application or allow existing features to be modified. ... Mozilla Firefox is a graphical web browser developed by the Mozilla Corporation and a large community of external contributors. ... Fark. ... 2006 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The website to the computer game They Came From Hollywood, a game known for its constant delays, uses Abe Vigoda's status as a way to tell fans whether development of the game has been cancelled or not. They Came From Hollywood, or TCFH, is a PC game under development by independent studio Octopus Motor that involves the player smashing cities as a monster in the style of cheesy 50s and 60s monster movies. ...


An Abe Vigoda Status application has also been developed for Facebook. This application shows a photo of Abe Vigoda and alerts the user if he is alive or dead. The application displays in the profile of users who have installed the application on their Facebook accounts. The application is available at http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=2435827754. Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto Facebook is a social networking website. ... Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto Facebook is a social networking website. ...


Additionally, there is a Twitter-account that provide hourly reports on whether Vigoda's alive or not. The account produces more or less random messages such as: "The New York Friar's Club is aware that I'm alive", though always written in the first person. The messages tend to repeat themselves after a couple of days, possibly indicating that they may be generated by a bot. The Abe Vigoda Twitter-profile may be found under the username "abevigoda". Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send updates (text-based posts, up to 140 characters long) via SMS, instant messaging (this service is under maintenance at the moment), email, the Twitter website, or an application such as Twitterrific. ... Look up bot in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send updates (text-based posts, up to 140 characters long) via SMS, instant messaging (this service is under maintenance at the moment), email, the Twitter website, or an application such as Twitterrific. ...


Filmography

Keaton's Cop (1988) DVD cover, featuring Abe Vigoda (left)

Upcoming: Image File history File linksMetadata Keatons_Cop. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Keatons_Cop. ... he is a hell of actor ... The Godfather is a 1972 crime film based on the novel of the same name by Mario Puzo and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, with screenplay by Puzo and Coppola. ... Al Pacino as Don Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part II The Godfather, Part II is the 1974 sequel to The Godfather. ... The Cheap Detective is a 1978 spoof comedy movie, written by Neil Simon and directed by Robert Moore as a follow-up to their successful Murder By Death. ... See also Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash Cannonball Run II is a film that was released in 1984. ... The Stuff is an 1985 science fiction/horror film written and directed by Larry Cohen and starring Michael Moriarty, Garrett Morris, Andrea Marcovicci, and Paul Sorvino. ... Look Whos Talking is a 1989 comedy film which stars John Travolta (James Ubriacco) and Kirstie Alley (Mollie). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Joe Versus the Volcano is a 1990 comedy film starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan and was the first film directed by screenwriter John Patrick Shanley. ... Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is an animated film first released in 1993. ... Sugar Hill is a 1994 is a crime-drama starring Wesley Snipes and Michael Wright. ... North is a 1994 motion picture directed by Rob Reiner, and starring Elijah Wood. ... Jury Duty is a 1995 comedy film directed by John Fortenberry and starring Pauly Shore, Tia Carrere, Stanley Tucci, Brian Doyle-Murray, Shelley Winters, and Abe Vigoda. ... Love Is All There Is is a 1996 romantic comedy directed by Joseph Bologna and Renee Taylor, who also both star in the movie. ... Underworld is the name of four different films. ... Good Burger is a 1997 comedy film directed by Brian Robbins and starring Kel Mitchell, Kenan Thompson, Sinbad, Shar Jackson, Abe Vigoda, and Jan Schweiterman. ... Just the Ticket may refer to: Just the Ticket (Eat Cinema), an entertainment TV show on Eat Cinema Just the Ticket (film), a 1999 movie starring Andy Garcia and Andie MacDowell Category: ... Movie poster for Crime Spree Crime Spree is a 2003 film written and directed by Brad Mirman. ... Chump change is a 2004 film written by, directed by and starring Stephen Burrows. ... Farce of the Penguins is a 2007 direct-to-DVD parody film of the 2005 film March of the Penguins. ...

  • Frankie the Squirrel (2007)

Television work

Abe Vigoda (second from the right) with the cast of the TV sit-com Barney Miller

Image File history File links Bmcast. ... Image File history File links Bmcast. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Toma was a short-lived television series that ran on ABC in 1974. ... Barney Miller was a comedy television series set in a New York City police station that ran from January 23, 1975, to May 20, 1982 on ABC. It was created by Danny Arnold (who also did work on Gilligans Island and The Brady Bunch) and Theodore J. Flicker. ... In the USA, Fish was a spinoff of the television series Barney Miller. ... Soap was a successful American sitcom that ran on ABC from 1977 to 1981. ... The Comedy Company logo. ... Death Car on the Freeway is a 1979 made for television movie starring Shelley Hack. ... Gridlock is a term describing an inability to move on a transport network. ... The Big Stuffed Dog is a 1981 childrens film about the adventures of a plush Snoopy. ... As the World Turns (ATWT) is the second longest-running American television soap opera (the first being Guiding Light),[1] airing each weekday on CBS. It debuted on Monday, April 2, 1956[2] at 1:30pm. ... Tales from the Darkside is an anthology TV series from the 1980s produced by George A. Romero. ... Santa Barbara was an American soap opera which ran on NBC for 2137 episodes from July 30, 1984 to January 15, 1993. ... This article is about the comic book and TV series. ... Law & Order is an American television police procedural and legal drama set in New York City. ... Late Night with Conan OBrien is an American late night talk show on NBC that is also syndicated worldwide. ... Family Guy is an Emmy award winning American animated television series about a nuclear family in the fictional town of Quahog (IPA or ), Rhode Island. ...

References

  1. ^ U.S. Census, April 1, 1930, State of New York, County of Kings, Borough of Brooklyn, enumeration district 566, p. 14-A, family 10.

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Abe Vigoda - Biography - Moviefone (269 words)
Slouch-shouldered, basset-faced character actor Abe Vigoda was the son of a Lower East Side tailor.
Bedeviled with legal problems during the early 1980s, Vigoda nonetheless was able to keep busy as a supporting actor in films (Joe vs. the Volcano, Look Who's Talking) and television; he also periodically returned to the stage, frequently in the Boris Karloff role in Arsenic and Old Lace.
Abe Vigoda's 1990s projects have included such roles as Gus Molino in Harlem (1993) and Alaskan Grandpa in North (1994), a voice over stint in the 1994 animated feature Batman: Mask of the Phantom, and a recurring role in the 1991 weekly-TV revival of Dark Shadows.
Abe Vigoda at AllExperts (594 words)
Abe Vigoda, born Abraham Charles Vigodah on February 24, 1921, in New York City, is an American movie and television actor.
Vigoda took the error with good humor, posing for a photograph showing him sitting up in a coffin, holding the magazine in question.
The Abe Vigoda Status extension for the Mozilla Firefox web browser, released in late 2004, shows "Abe Vigoda's current status" in the status bar of the Firefox browser (at the time of this writing, it claims that Mr.
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