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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Remembering Abe Vigoda 1921 - 2016

Actor Abe Vigoda, who died Tuesday at age 94, was best known as Detective Sgt. Phil Fish on the ABC sitcom, Barney Miller (1975-77), and its spinoff series, Fish (1977-78). For this role, he received three Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1976, 1977) and Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series (1978).

His film credits include The Godfather (1972), The Cheap Detective (1978), Cannonball Run II (1984), Look Who's Talking (1989), Prancer (1989), Joe Versus the Volcano (1990), Sugar Hill (1994), North (1994) and Good Burger (1997). He also appeared in the 1986 Broadway revival of Arsenic and Old Lace with Polly Holliday and Jean Stapleton.

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Mr. Vigoda's life and career.

NBC's All Star Revue with host Jimmy Durante on May 16, 1951

The first episode of Fish on February 5, 1977

Barney Miller on March 10, 1977

ABC's Donny & Marie with guests Lola Falana, Donny Most and Anson Williams on October 21, 1977

The Mike Douglas Show on December 15, 1977

America 2-Night with Martin Mull and Fred Willard on May 5, 1978

A 1986 episode of The Dr. Ruth Show on Lifetime

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