Abe Vigoda's Daughter Upset 'The Godfather' Actor Was Left Out of the Oscars' In Memoriam
By John Boone
Abe Vigoda is gone -- and now, he's seemingly been forgotten by the Oscars, too.
The veteran actor, who died of natural causes at the age of 94 on Jan. 26, was not included in Sunday night's In Memoriam segment at the Academy Awards, and his daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, is speaking out.
"I have to say it was very disappointing, and I feel that we were all cheated and I don't understand why," Fuchs, who said she watched the ceremony hoping to see her father's image, told The New York Times.
"I am assuming it was a mistake," she added. "This is the final curtain, this is the big one, and wow, why no tribute?"
Vigoda's family wasn't the only one who noticed that the actor who appeared in such films as The Godfather and starred on the hit '70s TV series, Barney Miller, was overlooked, as fans took to Twitter to remember him:
The latter tweet is a reference to the fact that Vigoda was mistakenly reported dead multiple times throughout his life, first in 1982 and later in 1987. During an appearance on Late Night With David Letterman, the host joked, "So, Abe, you're anything but dead!"
Vigoda wasn't the only actor who provoked an outcry over his absence from the show. Juliette Lewis took to Twitter to ask why her late father was excluded. "My dad #GeoffreyLewis was beloved and contributed over 220 roles in film and tv," she tweeted. "@TheAcademy maybe you can remember to include him nxt yr"
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