Abe Vigoda
Abe Vigoda

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Name: Abe Vigoda
Occupation: Actor
Gender: Male
Height: 185 cm (6' 1'')
Birth Day: February 24, 1921
Death Date: Jan 26, 2016 (age 94)
Age: Aged 94
Birth Place: Brooklyn, United States
Zodiac Sign: Pisces

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Height: 185 cm (6' 1'')
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Abe Vigoda

Abe Vigoda was born on February 24, 1921 in Brooklyn, United States (94 years old). Abe Vigoda is an Actor, zodiac sign: Pisces. Find out Abe Vigodanet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


In 1982, Time Magazine erred in printing his obituary, and he found the whole matter rather amusing.

Does Abe Vigoda Dead or Alive?

As per our current Database, Abe Vigoda died on Jan 26, 2016 (age 94).

Net Worth

Net Worth 2020

$10 Million

Salary 2020

Not known

Before Fame

He began his career with a small roles on the television series, Studio One. His debut film was 1953's The Joe Louis Story.

Biography Timeline


Vigoda was born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 24, 1921, the son of Samuel and Lena Vigoda (née Moses), Jewish immigrants from Russia. His father was a tailor who had two other sons: Hy and Bill. The latter was a comic book artist who drew for the Archie Comics franchise and others in the 1940s. Upon leaving school, Vigoda worked as a printer before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1943, serving in World War II. After his military service, he studied acting on the GI Bill at the American Theatre Wing. In the late 1940s, he began working in radio and made his television debut in an installment of the live drama series Studio One.


Vigoda began acting while in his 20s, working with the American Theatre Wing. His career as a professional actor began in 1947.


Vigoda starred in a brief spin-off of Barney Miller that centered on his character eponymously titled Fish until it was cancelled in June 1978.


In 1982 People magazine mistakenly referred to Vigoda as dead. At the time, Vigoda, aged 60, was performing in a stage play in Calgary. He took the mistake with good humor, posing for a photograph published in Variety in which he was sitting up in a coffin, holding the erroneous issue of People. Jeff Jarvis, a People employee at the time, said that the magazine's editors were known for "messing up" stories and one of them repeatedly inserted the phrase "the late" in reference to Vigoda, even after a researcher correctly removed it. The erroneous version was what went to print.


In 1987 the same mistake was made when a reporter for WWOR, Channel 9 in Secaucus, New Jersey, mistakenly referred to him as the "late Abe Vigoda". She realized and corrected her mistake the next day.


Vigoda and his first wife Sonja Gohlke had one daughter named Carol. The marriage ended in divorce. His second marriage to Beatrice Schy lasted from 1968 until her death in 1992.


He had been the subject of many running gags pertaining to the mistaken reports of his death. In 1997 Vigoda appeared in Good Burger as the character Otis, a restaurant's French fry man. Several jokes were made about his advanced age, including his character Otis saying, "I should've died years ago." That same year, he was shopping at Bloomingdale's in Manhattan when the salesman remarked, "You look like Abe Vigoda. But you can't be Abe Vigoda because he's dead." A Late Night with David Letterman skit showed Letterman trying to summon Vigoda's ghost, but Vigoda walked in and declared, "I'm not dead yet, you pinhead!".


In May 2001 a website was created with only one purpose: to report whether Vigoda was alive or dead. In addition, in 2005, a "tongue-in-cheek" Firefox extension was released with the sole purpose of telling the browser user Vigoda's status.


Continuing with the gag, he appeared frequently to make fun of his status on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, including a guest appearance on the show's final episode. At the 1998 New York Friars Club roast of Drew Carey, with Vigoda in the audience, Jeff Ross joked, "My one regret is that Abe Vigoda isn't alive to see this." He followed that with "Drew, you go to Vegas; what's the over–under on Abe Vigoda?". On January 23, 2009, Vigoda appeared live on The Today Show. He said he was doing well, joked about previous reports of his death and announced he had just completed a voice-over for an H&R Block commercial to air during the Super Bowl.


Vigoda and Betty White, both 88 years old at the time, appeared in "Game", a Snickers commercial that debuted during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010. The synopsis made fun of the advanced age of the actors. The Super Bowl Ad Meter poll respondents rated the ad the highest of any shown during the game.


Prior to his actual death in January 2016, Vigoda was a constant victim of celebrity death hoaxes.

On January 26, 2016, Vigoda died in his sleep at his daughter Carol Fuchs's home in Woodland Park, New Jersey of natural causes at age 94. He had gone there "to escape the hazards of a blizzard".

Vigoda's funeral was held on January 31, 2016. Notable figures including comic Gilbert Gottfried, former New York City mayor David Dinkins, and Friars Club roastmaster general Jeffrey Ross attended. He was buried in the Beth David Cemetery at Elmont, Nassau County, New York.


On the 2017 Academy Awards show, Vigoda was not included in the show's memorial reel, surprising many and prompting a small PR backlash.

Family Life

Abe's brother, Bill Vigoda, was a comic-book artist involved with the Archie franchise. Abe was married to Beatrice Schy from 1968 until her death in 1992. Abe had a daughter named Carol.

🎂 Upcoming Birthday

Currently, Abe Vigoda is 100 years, 0 months and 5 days old. Abe Vigoda will celebrate 101st birthday on a Thursday 24th of February 2022. Below we countdown to Abe Vigoda upcoming birthday.


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97th birthday - Saturday, February 24, 2018

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96th birthday - Friday, February 24, 2017

Happy Birthday Abe Vigoda

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