Perhaps TMZ said it best: Actor Abe Vigoda has died — and it’s not a hoax.
The legendary actor best known for his roles in “The Godfather” and on TV’s “Barney Miller” died under hospice care at the age of 94.
Vigoda’s daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, told The Associated Press that her dad died Tuesday morning in his sleep at Fuchs’ home in Woodland Park, N.J.
The cause of death was old age. “This man was never sick,” Fuchs said.
Yet Vigoda’s death had been falsely reported countless times, dating back to 1982.
Vigoda, who appeared in “The Godfather” and also “The Godfather Part II,” continued doing the voice for his character, Tessio, in “Godfather” video games as late as 2007.
But his most famous role on TV was as Detective Phil Fish on the ‘80s sitcom “Barney Miller” … which once worked the infamous hoax reports of Abe’s death into a storyline. Vigoda also was the grandfather in “Look Who’s Talking.”
He was married to Beatrice Schy from 1968 until 1992, when she died.
QUIET DISNEY WOMEN
Gender inequality is alive and well– of course, in Hollywood — and particularly in Disney movies.
The Washington Post and People report that linguists Carmen Fought and Karen Eisenhauer found that in nearly every Disney film, male characters speak a far greater percentage of the dialogue than the female characters do.
Interestingly, things have not changed for the better as time progresses. The occurrence is especially bad in what’s considered Disney’s renaissance. In “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “Pocahontas” and “Mulan,” the guys claimed 70 percent of the dialogue.
“There’s one isolated princess trying to get someone to marry her, but there are no women doing any other things,” said Fought, a professor at Pitzer College in Claremont.
More than 50 years ago, the ratio was more in favor of the gals: In “Sleeping Beauty,” women deliver about 70 percent of the lines, and “Cinderella,” 60 percent. “Snow White” is about 50-50.
There have been more recent improvements, sort of. In “Tangled,” women have 52 percent of the lines, and in “Brave,” a film about a mother-daughter relationship, they had 74 percent, according to the scholars’ preliminary research.
But in the blockbuster “Frozen,” event though it’s about two sister princesses, men claim 59 percent of the lines.
The hot Broadway musical “Hamilton,” by Lin-Manuel Miranda (based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton) opens its national tour at the Orpheum Theatre in The City in March 2017.
Actress Rosamund Pike is 37. … Comedian Patton Oswalt is 47. … Rapper Tricky is 48. … Actor Alan Cumming is 51. … Actress Bridget Fonda is 52. … Singer Margo Timmins of Cowboy Junkies is 55. … Actress Mimi Rogers is 60. … Dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov is 68. … Actor James Cromwell is 76.
— Staff, wire report
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