- Made his first stage appearance at the age of 17.
- As a teenager, studied acting at the American Theatre Wing in New York City.
- Made his Broadway debut in Marat/Sade in 1968.
- Got his big break with a supporting role in the movie The Godfather (1972) after the age of 50.
- Was erroneously referred to as "the late" Abe Vigoda in a 1982 People magazine article and subsequently had to deny reports of his death for many years.
- Played Jonathan Brewster, a role originated by Boris Karloff, in the 1986 Broadway revival of Arsenic and Old Lace.
- Appeared in a 2010 Snickers Super Bowl commercial opposite Betty White.
- 1977, Emmy — Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 1976, Emmy — Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series: Nominee
- Lena Moses Vigoda — Mother
- Beatrice Schy Vigoda — Wife (deceased)
- Carol — Daughter
- Bill Vigoda — Brother
- Sonja Gohlke — Ex-wife
- Samuel Vigoda — Father
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