Abe Vigoda, an actor best known for starring in 1972’s The Godfather, has sadly died. He was 94-years-old.
Abe passed away from natural causes in his sleep on the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 26 at his daughter’s home in Woodland Park, N. J., Carol Vigoda Fuchs confirmed to The Associated Press. “This man was never sick,” Abe’s daughter, Fuchs, said, reiterating her famous father was in very good health and died of old age.
Abe as Sal Tessio in The Godfather in January 1972.
Though known for his acting career, Abe reached further notoriety later in his life after he was falsely reported as dead in a 1982 People article. Since then, the star has been the subject of many running gags pertaining to mistaken reports of his death.
In addition to his work in The Godfather franchise, Abe’s other acting credits include TV series’ Dark Shadows, Barney Miller, Fish, As the World Turns, Santa Barbara and Late Night with Conan O’Brien and movies Look Who’s Talking, Underworld and Good Burger.
Our thoughts are with the Vigoda family during this difficult time.