Actor Abe Vigoda has died at age 94.

Vigoda was best known for playing the role of Sergeant Phil Fish on the 1970s TV sitcom "Barney Miller" and also in the spinoff series, "Fish."

On the big screen, Vigoda portrayed Sal Tessio in "The Godfather."

His death had been reported several times for years but they turned out to be mistakes or hoaxes.

In 1982, "People" magazine mistakenly declared him "the late Abe Vigoda." He jokingly refuted the rumors of his demise for decades.


Vigoda's daughter says her father died in his sleep today at her home in New Jersey.  (Metro Networks Inc.)

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