Abe Vigoda, the beloved actor known for playing Det. Fish on Barney Miller and mobster Sal Tessio in
'The Godfather' died in his sleep in New Jersey on Tuesday January 26th, at the age of 94.
Audiences first got to know the actor in 1972’s The Godfather, when Vigoda then 51, played Tessio,
a longtime friend and associate of the Corleone family who’s killed when the Corleones find out he’s been
working with a rival mob family.
In 1975, Vigoda began playing Det. Phil Fish on Barney Miller. Fish was a cantankerous NYC detective whose
advancing age had led to a lot of physical ailments, namely a persistent hemorrhoids issue that fed his
grumpiness and made the squad’s bathroom one of his frequent hangouts.