How sad! Abe Vigoda, most famous for his role in ‘The Godfather,’ died on Jan. 26 surrounded by his family. He was a Hollywood legend and will be greatly missed by his devoted fans.
Abe Vigoda has died. The legendary actor famous for playing Sal Tessio in The Godfather and The Godfather Part II died at the age of 94 on Jan. 26. His daughter Carol Vigoda confirmed the news and said he died in his sleep at her home in Woodland Park, NJ.
His daughter told The Associated Press that his cause of death was “old age” and that “this man was never sick.” Abe was 94-years-old and lived an incredible life on and off screen. He was married to his longtime love, Beatrice Schy from 1968 until 1992 when she died. Abe became wildly famous after Francis For Coppola cast him in The Godfather in 1972. But his success didn’t end there. He also showed off his comedic chops on the hit TV show, Barney Miller which ran from 1975 to 1982. He then took his character from the show and made his own series, Fish.
Abe later starred in movies like Look Who’s Talking, Cannonball Run II, Joe Versus the Volcano and North. Abe was a born and bred New Yorker and also attended the Theater School of Dramatic Arts at Carnegie Hall. He starred in numerous plays before hitting it big. “When I was a young man, I was told success had to come in my youth,” he once said in an interview. “I found this to be a myth. My experiences have taught me that if you deeply believe in what you are doing, success can come at any age.”
Abe was married twice and he is survived by his daughter, three grandchildren and one great-grandson.
HollywoodLifers, our thoughts go out to Abe’s family and friends.