News alert: Abe Vigoda is still alive

It’s been a week to remember out mortality. Close to home, two excellent comics journalists, Bhob Stewart and Bill Baker passed away, leaving many friends behind, and the death of comedian/director/Ghostbuster Harold Ramis was a shock to all of us.

So on a more cheerful note, I’d like to remind everyone that Abe Vigoda, Godfather and Barney Miller presence, is still alive and turned 93 this week.
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I was once able to share the same general oxygen as Mr. Vigoda, and it is a moment I will never forget. I’m glad I had the chance.
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I guess what I’m trying to say is…treasure those moments. Pick up the phone. Reach out. You won’t always have the chance.


  1. Abe Vigoda just appeared in a furry wombat costume at Phish’s Halloween show in Atlantic City this past October. I was there.

  2. Giancarlo says:

    In other sad news, Paco de Lucia passed away.

  3. Snikt Snakt says:

    I don’t care HOW old Abe Vigoda is, he can still kick ALL of our @$$es!!!

    (same goes for Betty White, Clint Eastwood and Stan Lee)

  4. And Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.

  5. This made my day.
    Long live Fish.

  6. I don’t know what surprised me the most, the fact that Abe is still alive or that this year I turn the same age he was when he began “Barney Miller”.!

  7. I one up this just by saying my grandfather’s still alive and we’re celebrating is 100th birthday this weekend.

  8. Scott Dunbier says:

    Heidi, I’m surprised you did not mention Vigoda’s comic book connection—he is the brother of longtime Archie artist Bill Vigoda.


  1. […] It is not every day you see Fantagraphics associate publisher Eric Reynolds and legend Abe Vigoda in the same place. But it happened las night at the Society of Illustrators opening for Drew Friedman’s Old Jewish Comedians show. Also in attendance: Gilbert Gottfried, Paul Shaffer, Robert Klein and JAY EFF Joe Franklin. And from the arty/comicksy crew many people, including Mark Newgarden, Bob Sikoryak, Stephen DeStefano, Karen Green, Cliff Galbraith, J. David Spurlock, Jim Salicrup, Charles Brownstein, Anne Bernstein, Kriota Wilberg, Scott Eder and many people I’m forgetting. It was one of those “only in New York” times. Sadly, I arrived too late to catch Mr. Vigoda, whose existence I recently celebrated here. […]

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