Abe Vigoda, long-surviving 'Godfather' and 'Barney Miller' actor, dies at 94

January 26, 2016 9:59 PM

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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.

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