Vigoda acted in obscurity until he was cast in the 1972 movie "THE GODFATHER" as Sal Tessio. From that point on, Vigoda was famous.
His role on the sitcom "Barney Miller" as Phil Fish propelled Vigoda to super-stardom and he never looked back. Vigoda was also the kind of person who didn't mind being famous.
Vigoda arrpeared in many, many TV shows from "DARK SHADOWS" and "MANNIX" to "B.J. AND THE BEAR". he died in his sleep at the age of 94. May he rest in peace.