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The late Abe Vigoda frequented the Lower East Side to develop his role as Tessio

Jan 27, 2016 The late Abe Vigoda frequented the Lower East Side to develop his role as Tessio

Abe Vigoda merits one of my infrequent tributes to those who have left the planet.

Not of Italian heritage, Vigoda became his Godfather character Tessio in part through frequenting Manhattan’s Lower East Side, just like a good trial lawyer immerses himself or herself into the human drama and dynamics of the case.

Vigoda out-Fished his Fish character on Barney Miller by standing up to the auditioner who queried him on looking tired, saying he had just been out for a jog (minute 2:00).

He outlived by over three decades People magazine’s premature reporting of his death, and took it in stride. A punk band took his name.

Vigoda started with television in its infancy, moved to theater, and returned to television in the late 1960’s with Dark Shadows. He is part of what is good about show business.

My younger brother would sometimes see Vigoda on the Upper East Side.

Thanking Abe Vigoda, 1921-2016, one colorful character to say the least.

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