It was sad news to find out on Tuesday that legendary character actor, Abe Vigoda passed away at the age of 94. Unfortunately it isn’t one of those times where Vigoda had been assumed to have died, which stemmed from a 1982 People Magazine article that referred to the actor as the “Late” Abe Vigoda. He was known for his parts in Barney Miller and Fish, as well as appearing in The Godfather, Cannonball Run II, and of course, Good Burger.
Since Vigoda was assumed dead in 1982, he has popped up over the last 34 years across television, just to let everyone know that he is still alive and has a sense of humor. He even appeared in a Super Bowl ad in 2010 with fellow nonagenarian Betty White, representing Snickers. Note: I have a recurring fear sometimes when I wake up that “This will be the day we lose Betty White.” Now with Abe gone, that is really going to ramp up my anxiety for Betty, since she just turned 94. Anyway! Vigoda would make appearances on late night talk shows, seemingly when they needed filler but it always was funny.
In the first of two clips for Morning Monologue today, Abe Vigoda appears on David Letterman in 1988 after an article came out where Vigoda made the statement, “Hey, I’m Not Dead”.
Then in October of 2005, Conan brought us a moment that happens once every 40 years, A Total Vigodal Eclipse: