Legendary screen actor Abe Vigoda passed away today at the age of 94. Since 1982, there have been erroneous reports of Vigoda’s passing, with Vigoda himself poking fun of it over the course of the 2000s. Vigoda was placed into hospice care on the 22nd, and passed away in his sleep earlier today.
Vigoda played iconic roles like Sal Tessio in The Godfather and as Detective Sgt. Phil Fish in the sitcom Barney Miller. His credits include over 80 film and TV appearances and continued appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
Reaction Among Hollywood:
“Abe Vigoda was one of the nicest guys in the business…talent with a capital “T” and so sweet. He always left me with a smile on my face.” – Meredith Vieira on Twitter
“Abe Vigoda is gone. He made me smile every time he walked into our studio and brightened our day. Thank you Abe for your grace and humor.” – Matt Lauer on Twitter
“I met Abe Vigoda at a urinal. He was so kind. I told him I loved his work and he said, “right now?” His portrayal of Sal Tessio! RIP sir.” – Dane Cook on Twitter
“I’m sad that Abe Vigoda passed away today at age 94. Wonderful actor. I loved working with him on Good Burger.” – Dan Schneider (wrote the film Good Burger) on Twitter