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From the “He’s Still Alive?” Files, Abe Vigoda died of eventuality at the spry age of 94.

Vigoda was a stage actor until he was cast as Sal Tessio by Frankie F. Coppola in “The Godfather.”  After doing a cameo in the sequel, he started playing Phil Fish on TV’s “Barney Miller.”

He then got a spin-off, simply entitled “Fish,” which ran alongside “Barney Miller.”  So, he was doing two sitcoms simultaneously with the same character.  Take that… Frasier!

He co-starred on “Fish” with a young Todd Bridges who released a statement about Vigoda today.  “I will always remember the advice he gave me as an impressionable 12-year-old.  He always said, ‘Son, when you get


Vigoda at 14.  He was never an attractive man.

older: do drugs.  It’s a wonderful experience and you will meet the most interesting people.’  I’ll always be thankful for that.”

“Fish” only lasted for two years because Vigoda wanted more money and the producers refused.  He then tried to go over to NBC to set up a gig with Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox.  But, alas, “Fish-n-C.Hi.P.s” was never to be.

In 1982 People magazine reported that he had died. Vigoda took the news of his death well.  He posed inside a coffin for Variety later that week.  

Since then, has been keeping a running status on his breathing situation.

A “Late Night with David Letterman” skit showed Letterman trying to summon Vigoda’s ghost, but Vigoda walked in and declared, “I’m not dead yet, you pinhead!”

At Drew Carey’s roast, Jeffrey Ross joked, “my one regret is that Abe Vigoda isn’t alive to see this”. He followed that with “Drew, you’re a big gambler, what’s the over-under on Abe Vigoda?”

That was in 1998!

Unfortunately, Vigoda betrayed his boss, Michael, when he offered to set up a peace summit so that the Tattaglia family could whack him.  Hey, it was the smart move.

Earlier today, Vigoda was ready to escort Michael to a meeting when he was informed that Michael was going separately.  Abe took that as the portent that it was meant to be.  According to Vigoda’s daughter, his last words were, “Tell Mike it was only business. I always liked him.”

This hit goes to: Me!  I have been dutifully picking and holding over Abe for something like 90 years now.  My due diligence finally paid off!

this is a big hit.  Abe Vigoda has been drafted in every pool from the very first year back in 1994.

I am now locked in a tie battle with my lovely wife for first place!

Lee Kwang-soo!!!  Lee Kwang-soo!!!  Lee Kwang-soo!!!  

Nancy Reagan, somehow, still continues to live.  

Happy pooling,


Current Standings:

Lee Kwang-Soo (Giraffe): 80- (Daniel Fleetwood – 70, Abe Vigoda – 20)

Jami: 80 – (Scott Weiland  – 60, Pat Harrington, Jr. – 20)

Tailgating w/ Jesus: 50 (Dolph Schayes – 20, Meadowlark Lemon – 20, Monte Irvin – 10)

Occupy the Casket: 40 – (Natalie Cole – 40)

Age of Aquarius: 30 (William Guest – 30)

Gianna: 20 (Robert Stigwood – 20)

The Girl on Fire: 50 (Wayne Rogers – 20, René Angélil – 30)


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