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.

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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.

 

 

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