His character proved so successful that he later began his own spin off, entitled 'Fish'. However, he continued to make occaisional appearances on the original show. In addition to appearing on screen, he worked in theatre for 30 years. His Abe Vigoda, the actor who played Sal Tessio in the classic Godfather film series, has died. He was 94. His daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, confirmed his death to AP. The cause was old age. In The Godfather, he played Sal Tessio, a friend of patriarch Vito Corleone. Roles included John of Gaunt in. Richard II and Abraham Lincoln in short lived Broadway comedy. Tough to Get Help. He became famous late in life, once saying: "When I was a young man, I was told success had to come in my youth.
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