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

Abe Vigoda Dead Dies

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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