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Abe Vigoda Net Worth

Abe Vigoda Net Worth is
$10 Million

Abe Vigoda Biography

Abraham Charles Vigoda was born on the 24th February 1921, in New York City, USA, and passed away on the 26th January 2016 in Woodland Park, New Jersey, USA. He was best known for being an actor, who appeared in various TV series and films, particularly “The Godfather” (1972), “Barney Miller” (1975-77), “Fish” (1977-78), and many others. His acting career began in 1947.

Have you ever wondered how rich was Abe Vigoda? According to sources, it was estimated that the overall size of Abe’s net worth was $10 million and the main source of his wealth was his involvement in the film industry as a professional actor.

Abe Vigoda Net Worth $10 Million

Abe Vigoda was raised with two brothers in a Jewish family by Samuel and Lena Vigoda, immigrants from Russia. From an early age, he was interested in acting, so he started to pursue a career in the film industry as a teenager, beginning in the second part 1940s, when he became a member of the American Theater Wing. However, until the 1960s, he couldn`t make a breakthrough as an actor, until he appeared in several Broadway plays, such as “Marat\Sade” (1967), “The Man In Glass Booth”, and others, which earned him recognition as a stage actor, but his name was also heard in Hollywood, and in 1972 he earned the role of Salvatore Tessio, in the blockbuster film “The Godfather”, directed by Francis Ford Copola, which also featured actors such as Marlon Brando and Al Pacino in lead roles. From that point on, his career had gone only upwards, and so had his net worth. Some of the films in which he appeared during the 1970s, include “The Devil`s Daughter” (1973), “Newman`s Law” (1974), and “Death Car On A Freeway” (1979). Abe also had several notable roles in TV series, such as “Barney Miller” (1974-1981), and “Fish” (1977-1978).

In the 1980s, Abe`s career reached a whole new level, which only added to his net worth. Some of the characters he portrayed in 1980s, include Lyle De Franco in the TV series “Santa Barbara” (1989), Mr. Wiseman in the film “Plain Clothes” (1987), “Cannonball Run II” (1984) as Caesar, and many others.

As the new decade progressed, and he became older and older, Abe fought for his career as though he was younger, which helped him secure roles in such films and TV series as “Sugar Hill” (1993), “Fist Of Honor” (1993), “Home Of Angels” (1994), “Jury Duty” (1995), “Good Burger” (1997), “A Brooklyn State Of Mind” (1998), “Wings” (1996), “Law And Order” (1996), and “Witness To The Mob” (1998), among many others, all of which added to his net worth.

To speak further of his accomplishments as an actor, with the beginning of the 2000s, Abe`s dedication began to drop, as he was focused more on his health and well-being, so made fewer screen appearances, in films such as “Chump Change” (2000), and “Crime Spree” (2003), before he switched his focus to voice acting, landing several roles such as Penguin from Boca in the animated film “Farce Of The Penguins” (2006), and as Otto in the animated TV series “High School USA” (2013). Furthermore, he lent his voice to his character from the film “Godfather” in several video games, such as “The Godfather: Mob Wars” (2006), and “The Godfather: Blackhand Edition” (2007).

Before he retired, Abe`s net worth was increased by appearances in the film “The Unknown Trilogy” (2008), and “Sweet Destiny” (2014), which was his last appearance.

Regarding his personal life, Abe Vigoda was married to Beatrice Schy from 1968 until 1992, when she died. The couple had a daughter together. After her, Abe lived alone, and he passed away from natural causes in his sleep at the age of 94.

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Quick Facts

Full NameAbe Vigoda
Net Worth$10 Million
Date Of BirthFebruary 24, 1921
DiedJanuary 26, 2016
Place Of BirthNew York City, New York, U.S.
Height6' (1.83 m)
ProfessionActor
EducationAmerican Theatre Wing, American Theatre Wing
NationalityAmerican
SpouseSonja Gohlke (marriage dissolved), Beatrice Schy (m. 1968–1992)
ChildrenCarol Vigoda, Carol Vigoda
ParentsSamuel Vigoda, Lena Vigoda
SiblingsBill Vigoda, Hy Vigoda, Bill Vigoda, Hy Vigoda
Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/?curid=520846
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series
MoviesThe Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Look Who's Talking Too, Joe Versus the Volcano, Good Burger, Cannonball Run II, Sugar Hill, Prancer, Crime Spree, The Cheap Detective, The Don Is Dead, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, A Brooklyn State of Mind, Keaton's Cop, Fist of Honor, Jury Duty, Love Is All There Is, The Misery Brothers, The Stuff, Plain Clothes, Me and the Kid, Chump Change, The Big Stuffed Dog, Underworld, North, 40 Bands 80 Minutes!, Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter, The Unknown Trilogy, Home of Angels, The Story of Pretty Boy Floyd, Me and the Gods, Sweet Destiny, New Video Works, Mobster Movie, The Godfather, Look Who's Talking Too, The Godfather Part II, Joe Versus the Volcano, Good Burger, Cannonball Run II, Sugar Hill, Prancer, Crime Spree, The Cheap Detective, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, The Don Is Dead, A Brooklyn State of Mind, Keaton's Cop, Jury Duty, Fist of Honor, Love Is All There Is, The Misery Brothers, The Stuff, Plain Clothes, Me and the Kid, The Unknown Trilogy, Chump Change, The Big Stuffed Dog, Underworld, North, Sweet Destiny, 40 Bands 80 Minutes!, Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter, Home of Angels, The Story of Pretty Boy Floyd, Me and the Gods, New Video Works, Mobster Movie
TV ShowsBarney Miller, Fish, Barney Miller, Fish


Interesting Facts

#Fact
1He is buried at Beth David Cemetery in Elmont, New York.
2Had 3 grandchildren. Jamie, Paul, and Steven Fuchs.
3He appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974).
4Currently living in New York City [December 2005]
5Best remembered by the public for his role as Detective Fish in Barney Miller (1974).
6Abe's father Samuel Vigoda was a tailor in New York City.
7According to director Francis Ford Coppola, Abe was cast for the role of "Tessio" in The Godfather (1972) from an open casting call. He was selected from a pool of 500 unknown actors who auditioned for that role.
8Was portrayed by Michael J. Nelson on an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988).
9Was highly acclaimed playing the eponymous villain in "Richard III" for in the Public Theater's "Shakespeare in the Park" production in the 1960s.
10Was originally considered to play the part of The Monster in Mel Brooks' comedy classic Young Frankenstein (1974), given his height and tremendous resemblance to Boris Karloff.
11Is a well respected and longstanding member of the New York Friar's Club.
12In the 1980s, a well-known magazine referred to Vigoda as "the late Abe Vigoda" in a story, leading to the belief by many that he was dead. Abe enjoyed some publicity from the premature death announcement, even posing for a photograph while sitting up in a coffin!
13Is a regularly recurring visitor on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993).
14Has one daughter, Carol.


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Deep and distinctive voice
2Thick, bushy eyebrows


Quotes

#Quote
1While living in Los Angeles, I'd jog three to five miles a day. One morning jogging, my agent calls about a new series called Barney Miller (1974), saying, "Go there at once." Well, I was tired and exhausted ... I must have run five miles that morning. I said. "I have to go home and take a shower." "No, no, no. go right now to Studio City, you're very right for it, they know you from The Godfather (1972), they want to see you." "With my shorts?" "Go". Danny Arnold and Ted Flicker, the producers, look at me, I look at them, they look at me again. "You look tired." "Of course I'm tired, I jogged five miles this morning, I'm exhausted." "Yeah, yeah, tell me, you look like you have haemorrhoids." "What are you, a doctor or a producer?"
2I've always been content just to be working and making a modest living for my wife and child.
3(Explaining how he ended up playing Det. Sgt. Fish on Barney Miller (1974)) "I got the role because the producer thought I looked tired. But I looked tired because I had been jogging earlier that day. He said to me, 'You look tired, Abe.' I said, 'I am. I was just jogging five miles.' He said, 'You also look like you have haemorrhoids.' I said, 'What are you? A doctor or a producer?' And he said, 'Well, I'm a producer and you know what? You've got the role.' Just like that."


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Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1978Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama SeriesBarney Miller (1974)
1977Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesBarney Miller (1974)
1976Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesBarney Miller (1974)


Filmography

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sweet Destiny2014
High School USA!2013TV SeriesOtto
The Unknown Trilogy2008VideoUncle Morty
Frankie the Squirrel2007ShortBlind Uncle Morty
The Godfather: Blackhand Edition2007Video GameSal Tessio (voice)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2005-2007TV SeriesGround Vigoda / Abe Viyoda
The Godfather: Mob Wars2006Video GameSalvatore Tessio (voice)
The Godfather2006Video GameSalvatore Tessio (voice)
Farce of the Penguins2006Penguin from Boca (voice)
Crime Spree2003Angelo Giancarlo
Deadline2001TV SeriesJoseph Spiaggio
Tea Cakes or Cannoli2000
Chump Change2000The Frog
Manhattan, AZ2000TV SeriesBen
Norm1999TV SeriesSal
Just the Ticket1999/IArty
Mad About You1999TV SeriesKalman Wertzel
Promised Land1998TV SeriesAlbert Spokaine
Witness to the Mob1998TV MoviePaul Castellano
A Brooklyn State of Mind1998Uncle Guy
Farticus1997Zeus
Good Burger1997Otis
Touched by an Angel1997TV SeriesReceptionist Angel
Wings1996TV SeriesHarry
Underworld1996Will Cassady
Love Is All There Is1996Rudy
Weird Science1996TV SeriesOld Man Lisa
Law & Order1996TV SeriesRet. Detective Landis
The Misery Brothers1995Don Frito Layleone
Jury Duty1995Judge Powell
Home of Angels1994Grandpa
Diagnosis Murder1994TV SeriesAlfredo Bartolo / Al Bartell / Mr. Johnson
North1994Alaskan Grandpa
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm1993Salvatore Valestra (voice)
Me and the Kid1993Pawn Broker
Sugar Hill1993Gus Molino
Fist of Honor1993Victor Malucci
Lucky Luke1992TV SeriesJudge Rinehart
Murder, She Wrote1991TV SeriesGeorge
The New Adventures of the Black Stallion1990TV SeriesD. J. Lancaster
MacGyver1990TV SeriesBill Cody
Monsters1990TV SeriesDolan
Joe Versus the Volcano1990Chief of the Waponis
Keaton's Cop1990Louis Keaton
Prancer1989Orel Benton
Look Who's Talking1989Grandpa
Santa Barbara1989TV SeriesLyle DeFranco
B.L. Stryker1989TV Series
Superboy1988TV SeriesMr. Wagner
Plain Clothes1987Mr. Wiseman
Vasectomy: A Delicate Matter1986Detective Abe Fossi
Tales from the Darkside1986TV SeriesJake Corelli
The Stuff1985Special Guest Star in Stuff Commercial
The New Mike Hammer1984TV SeriesArthur
Cannonball Run II1984Caesar
Harper Valley P.T.A.1981TV SeriesSlick
Barney Miller1974-1981TV SeriesDet. Phil Fish
The Big Stuffed Dog1981TV MovieCarnival Pitchman
Gridlock1980TV MovieHerb
The Littlest Hobo1980TV SeriesHoward Mattson
B.J. and the Bear1979TV SeriesGrandpa Ben Rule
Death Car on the Freeway1979TV MovieMr. Frisch
Fantasy Island1979TV SeriesJoe Lange / Sid Gordon
Eight Is Enough1979TV SeriesBen Ryan
Supertrain1979TV SeriesRay Yellburton
$weepstake$1979TV SeriesAnthony
The Love Boat1979TV SeriesCharlie Fletcher
How to Pick Up Girls!1978TV MovieNathan Perlmutter
The Rockford Files1974-1978TV SeriesPhil 'The Dancer' Gabriel / Al Dancer
Vega$1978TV SeriesMax
The Comedy Company1978TV MovieJake
The Cheap Detective1978Sgt. Rizzuto
Fish1977-1978TV SeriesDet. Phil Fish
The Godfather: A Novel for Television1977TV Mini-SeriesSal Tessio (uncredited)
The Bionic Woman1976TV SeriesBarlow
Having Babies1976TV MovieAl Schneider
Cannon1975TV SeriesMr. Couzellous
The Godfather: Part II1974Tessio
Kojak1974TV SeriesKilty
Hawaii Five-O1974TV SeriesAbe Kemper
Newman's Law1974John Dellanzia
The Story of Pretty Boy Floyd1974TV MovieDominic Morrell
Toma1973-1974TV SeriesDonzer
The Rookies1974TV SeriesMichael Lance
Love, American Style1973TV SeriesMr. Burdick (segment "Love and the Unwedding")
The Don Is Dead1973Don Talusso
Mannix1973TV SeriesAnton Valine
The Devil's Daughter1973TV MovieAlikhine
The Godfather1972Tessio
Dark Shadows1969-1970TV SeriesEzra Braithwaite / Otis Greene
Trois chambres1965Waiter (uncredited)
As the World Turns1956TV SeriesJoe Kravitz (1985)
All Star Revue1951TV SeriesGuest Comic / Cab Driver
Studio One in Hollywood1949TV Series
Suspense1949TV Series

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That Guy Dick Miller2014Documentary special thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Today2011-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Cutaways2014Documentary short
Inside the 12th Precinct2011Video documentary shortHimself
Salute to the Old One Two2011Video documentary shortHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994-2009TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Underneath the Audience Seats / Himself - Tony Awards
The 3rd Annual TV Land Awards2005TV SpecialMike Delfino (segment "Desperate Classic Housewives")
Howard Stern2005TV SeriesHimself
The 2nd Annual TV Land Awards2004TV SpecialMr. Big ("Sex and the City" skit)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien: 10th Anniversary Special2003TV SpecialHimself
Family Guy2001TV SeriesHimself
The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Rob Reiner2000TV MovieHimself
Reel to Reel1998TV MovieHimself
Saturday Night Live1996TV SeriesHimself
The Dana Carvey Show1996TV SeriesHimself
Night of 100 Stars III1990TV MovieHimself
Dance Fever1979TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1976-1978TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself - Actor
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1978TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series
The Hollywood Squares1978TV SeriesGuest Appearance
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Betty White1978TV SpecialHimself - Comedian
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: George Burns1978TV SpecialHimself
ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration1978TV SpecialHimself
Circus of the Stars #21977TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The Magic of ABC1977TV SpecialHimself - Guest
Final Warning1977TV SpecialHimself
Break the Bank1976-1977TV SeriesHimself
Circus of the Stars1977TV Special documentaryHimself - Performer
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Redd Foxx1976TV SpecialHimself
Dinah!1975-1976TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Cos1976TV SeriesHimself
Tattletales1976TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1976TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Joys1976TV SpecialHimself
Shaw vs. Shakespeare II: The Tragedy of Julius Caesar1970Documentary shortCasca

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards2016TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
Conan2016TV SeriesHimself - Tribute
Entertainment Tonight2016TV SeriesHimself
Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 20122012TV MovieHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2011TV SeriesHimself
The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-19801992VideoSal Tessio
The Godfather Family: A Look Inside1990TV Movie documentarySal Tessio (uncredited)
Barney Miller1979-1982TV SeriesDet. Phil Fish
The Godfather: Behind the Scenes1971Documentary shortSal Tessio (uncredited)
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