“Forgotten Hollywood”- Saying Goodbye to Fish…

Posted on January 26, 2016 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…  Abe_Vigoda_Fish_Barney_Miller_1977

   Abe Vigoda, whose leathery, sunken-eyed face made him ideal for playing the over-the-hill detective Phil Fish in the 1970s television series Barney Miller, and a subsequent spinoff; and as the doomed Mafia soldier in The Godfather. Vigoda played Sal Tessio, an old friend of Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) who hopes to take over the family after Vito’s death by killing his son Michael Corleone (Al Pacino).

   Born in New York City, Vigoda attended the Theater School of Dramatic Arts at Carnegie Hall. In the 1950s, he appeared as straight man for the Jimmy Durante and Ed Wynn television comedies. He guest-starred in the daytime soap opera Dark Shadows, Mannix, Hawaii 5-0The Rockford Files, The Bionic Woman, Law & Order, and Wings.  ABE VIGODA –>

abe vigoda marathon   For 30 years, he worked in the theater, acting in dozens of plays as diverse characters such as John of Gaunt in Richard II (his favorite role); and as Abe Lincoln in Tough to Get Help. His resemblance to Boris Karloff led to his casting in the 1986 New York revival of Arsenic and Old Lace, portraying the role Karloff originated on stage in the 1940s. He remained a popular character actor in films, including Cannonball Run II, Look Who’s Talking, Joe Versus the Volcano, and North.

   For decades, there has been a running joke about the demise of Abe Vigoda, which began with an erroneous report in People Magazine back in 1981. He found the gag to be great fun, spoofing the idea in commercials and on Late Night with David Letterman. A website was set up to remind readers Vigoda was still alive.

   Antenna TV will honor his memory this weekend with episodes of Barney Miller. The marathon will begin mid-Saturday.

   The durable Abe Vigoda was 94.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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