Abe Vigoda’s daughter said that it was unfair of the Academy to leave him out of the In Memoriam after he had dedicated his life to the industry.
It was quite a nasty shock for many people and fans when they learned that Abe Vigoda had died. Abe had been presumed dead once before in the 1980s when rumors of his death were confirmed and the actor later announced that he was alive and well. That being said, the actor passed away at the age of 94 last month. He died of natural causes and lived his last days in harmony and peace.
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Abe had given half of his lifetime to the industry. The tall and greying actor with a long face, sturdy jaw and deep-set eyes, was a 50-year-old stage actor who had earned his stripes on and off Broadway performing Shakespeare, Strindberg and Shaw when he was offered the role of Tessio in The Godfather.
He was a Russian Jew and expressed that he had no specific attachments to the Mafia. Tessio’s character betrays the Corleone family which seals his fate but Vigoda returned to reprise his role in the sequel. He then played the worn out Detective Fish alongside Hal Linden in the lead as “Barney Miller”. He stayed with the show for two seasons earning him an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy.
He then left the show to feature in his own spin-off Fish. With an extended TV career he also appeared in various movies including “Cannonball Run II” (1984), “Look Who’s Talking” (1989), “Joe Versus the Volcano” (1990), “Sugar Hill” (1993) and “Underworld” (1996).
With such an array of movies, it was natural that his family expected him to be added in the In Memoriam at the Oscars this Sunday. Carol Vigoda Fuchs said that she watched the ceremony from her home in New Jersey with friends. They were all expecting to see his image during the segment but it never appeared.
Carol told TMZ that she was very disappointed and she feel that they were all cheated and she doesn’t understand why. She said that the Oscars had overlooked him despite his immense professional energies and talents that he brought to the industry. She also said we should not forget the personal and family sacrifices that were willingly made to achieve that essential devotion.
She said that the Oscars fell short in many ways and as her father Abe Vigoda said the Oscars have earned, 'one demerit.' She added that it might have been a mistake but his death should not be overlooked based on the time stamp as David Bowie and Alan Rickman were a part of the In Memoriam.
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In response, the Academy of Motion Pictures and Science tweeted that they were sorry for not including Mr. Vigoda in the In Memoriam and he was a part of many people that they had lost last year and Abe was one of them. Sadly, all of them were not included in the In Memoriam at the ceremony but he can be found in the In Memoriam section of the Oscars website.