Actor Abe Vigoda, best known for his roles as mobster Tessio in The Godfather (1972) and as Detective Sgt. Fish in TV’s Barney Miller (1974-82) has died. He was 94 and died in New Jersey of natural causes.
During the 1980s and ’90s, Vigoda appeared on shows including MacGyver, Murder, She Wrote, Law and Order and Wings.
Abe became something of a pop culture figure due to repeated false reports (and hoaxes) of his death. There was even a website named Isabevigodadead.com, which for years consisted simply of a blank page with the word “No”.
During the 2010 Super Bowl, he appeared with Betty White in a commercial for Snickers candy bars.