Question: My sister and I have bet going. My family and I thought we saw Abe Vigoda in Carlsbad recently. My husband and I thought he had passed away recently. Please let us know. Thanks. — Michele

Televisionary: I have a feeling this will settle only half your bet, Michele, since there's no way for me to know whether or not you actually saw the former Barney Miller star.

What I can tell you is that Mr. Vigoda was alive and well as recently as July, when he appeared on a TCA panel to promote the November addition of his old series to TV Land's schedule.

No surprise that you'd underestimate his health, though, since the actor built a career on an image that was never exactly one of vim and vigor. And that's not a slam — I'm a fan of the man.