Oscars: Abe Vigoda's Daughter Angry Over "In Memoriam" Snub
The show omitted 'The Godfather' actor from the package on Sunday's Oscarcast.
NEW YORK (AP) — Famously long rumored to be dead, beloved character actor Abe Vigoda died for real in January at age 94. But the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences didn't seem to notice.
It omitted Vigoda from the "In Memoriam" package on Sunday's Oscarcast, and his daughter Carol Vigoda Fuchs is incensed.
Vigoda played Salvatore "Sal" Tessio, the doomed Mafia soldier in The Godfather.
Fuchs wonders why the Academy forgot him, even as it paid tribute to Alex Rocco, seen in the same 1972 film as Las Vegas casino owner Moe Green. Rocco, who died last July at age 79, was among the four dozen industry figures honored in the segment.
The Academy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.