A noted New York stage actor by the time Francis Ford Coppola came calling about "The Godfather," Vigoda had not read the book and wasn't thinking about mobster roles; he was Jewish, not Italian.
But Coppola liked him as a mobster, and he won the role of Tessio in the 1972 original and returned for the 1974 sequel.
13:14 Florida woman doing laundry finds python trying to eat rat's blanket16
01:00 O.J. Simpson to get another shot at parole as murder victim's dad hopes he gets blocked28
16:03 Matthew Perry denies 'Friends' co-stars slept together16
02:56 Perry Farrell: Chris Cornell Had 'God-Given Talent'27