|Publicity photo of Abe Vigoda and Florence Stanley as Phil and Bernice Fish from the television program Fish. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Vigoda's first movie was The Godfather, although before that he played Ezra Braithwaite on the original scary soap opera Dark Shadows. Of course, he etched himself into popular culture as Detective Phil Fish on "Barney Miller" and subsequently on his eponymous spin-off series, "Fish"
He was, at one time, declared dead:
Abe Vigoda found out he was dead in 1982. He was doing a play in Calgary, Alberta, while a People magazine writer visited the "Barney Miller" wrap party in Los Angeles, California.
"The Godfather" was Abe Vigoda's first film -- and more than 35 years later, he's still around to enjoy it.
"Somehow it mentioned in the article that 'the late Abe Vigoda' was not [there]," Vigoda recalls.
The error was corrected, but the damage had been done.
"I'm still quite [involved]," he says.
Now, this site, http://www.abevigoda.com/, shows his status in Internet time.
Currently: "Abe Vigoda is alive"