Abe Vigoda Dead Dies

Abe Vigoda, Barney Miller's Crotchety Detective Fish, Dead at 94

Abe Vigoda, a multiple Emmy nominee for his role as Barney Miller‘s Det. Phil Fish, died Tuesdayin his sleep, the Associated Press reports. He was 94.

Vigoda’s 60-plus years in television and movies netted him several memorable character roles, including that of Miller‘s world-weary senior detective (a role he reprised in a short-lived spinoff titled Fish).

The actor’s other notable TV performances include Santa Barbara, MacGyver, Murder She Wrote, Wings and Mad About You. He also was known for appearing in The Godfather and Look Who’s Talking.

His last TV gig was voicing a character in a 2013 episode of the animated series High School USA!

Since 1982, when People errantly reported on his passing, Vigoda has been the subject of premature obituaries and downright hoaxes.

Carol Vigoda, the actor’s daughter, said her father died of old age at her Woodland Park, N.J., home.

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15 Comments
  1. Liz985 says:

    Such a wonderful character actor. His deadpan, comedic timing will be missed.

  2. Kate says:

    This makes me really sad. I used to love seeing him on Conan. Particularly the lighting of the Christmas Vigida!

  3. Brian says:

    I’m going to miss him. He’s been around a long time.

    R.I.P. Abe

  4. kay says:

    RIP to Abe Vigoda. He lived a long life and entertained millions of people with his television and film work.

  5. ninamags says:

    That’s a shame. I enjoyed his work. Strangely enough I saw more of the Fish episodes than any Barney Miller ones.

    RIP.

  6. Wendy says:

    Mr. Vigoda was one hell of a character actor. Of note, and I am sure Michael Ausiello will get a kick out of it, Mr. Vigoda had a cameo on “Santa Barbara” in 1989, playing a hitman who shot Mason/Sonny at the altar as Sonny was attempting to marry Gina! He lived a long life. May he now RIP!

  7. Bella says:

    He was wonderful.

  8. Mr. Tran K says:

    One of the most legendary actors of all time. RIP Abe Vigoda :-(

  9. Rachel says:

    Oh man, rip Abe.

  10. Louise Leamen says:

    I loved watching the shows Abe was on. I looked forward to watching him on TV every week.
    Rest in Peace Mr.Vigoda.

  11. Marci says:

    Loved Fish. R.I.P., Abe.

  12. Hamish says:

    Sadly this is not a hoax, but truly the passing of one of the great character actors of our time. RIP Abe Vigoda.

    “Now Bernice…”

  13. Pat says:

    Very sad indeed but he had a very good & long career! R.I.P. sir 7 you’ve earned it.

  14. Mary Beth Moulding says:

    I watched him through the years but really loved watching him on Barney Miller. My condolences to his family!