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Abe Vigoda

Abe Vigoda

Abe Vigoda as "The Frog"

Date of birth
February 24, 1921
New York, New York, USA

6' 6"

Beatrice Schy
(25 February 1968 - 1992) (her death)
1 child

Has one daughter, Carol

Is a regular on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993).

Played Sal Tessio in The Godfather films.

In the 1980s, a well-known magazine referred to Vigoda as "the late Abe Vigoda" in a story, leading to the belief by many that he was dead. Abe enjoyed some publicity from the premature death announcement, even posing for a photograph while sitting up in a coffin!

Is a well respected and longstanding member of the New York Friar's Club.

Was originally considered to play the part of 'The Monster' in Mel Brooks' comedy classic 'Young Frankenstein', given his tremendous height.

Personal quotes
(Explaining how he ended up playing Det. Sgt. Fish on Barney Miller) "I got the role because the producer thought I looked tired. But I looked tired because I had been jogging earlier that day. He said to me, 'You look tired, Abe.' I said, 'I am. I was just jogging five miles.' He said, 'You also look like you have hemorrhoids.' I said, 'What are you? A doctor or a producer?' And he said, 'Well, I'm a producer and you know what? You've got the role.' Just like that."

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