Phil Fish (Abe Vigoda)
Born Abraham Charles Vigoda was an American character actor who was known for a number of roles but was most notably known for his portrayals of Salvatore Tessio in The Godfather (1972) and Phil Fish in Barney Miller (1975–1977, 1982) and Fish (1977–1978).
Recognized for his tall stature, dour-faced expression, and slouch-shouldered frame, Abe Vigoda proved to be the perfect character actor in both gritty dramatic roles, as well as dry-witted roles with wonderful comedic timing.
Vigoda was a constant victim of celebrity death hoaxes. First in 1982 when People Magazine mistakenly referred to Vigoda as deceased at age 60, while he was performing in a show in Calgary. Vigoda retaliated the mistake with good humor by posing in a photo sitting up in a coffin, holding the erroneous issue of People. The photo was published in Variety.
A similar mistake happened in 1987 when a reporter in Secaucus, NJ, falsely referred to him as the “late Abe Vigoda”. She corrected the mistake the next day.
Vigoda and his first wife Sonja Gohlke had one daughter named Carol. The marriage ended in divorce. His second marriage to Beatrice Schy lasted from 1968 until her death in 1992. Abe Vigoda passed away in his sleep on January 26, 2016.
Arthur P. Dietrich (Steve Landesberg)
Was a Jewish-American actor, standup comedian and voice actor best known for his dry wit and deadpan delivery which culminated in the role of Arthur P. Dietrich on the popular TV sitcom Barney Miller (1975). His role as the erudite, unflappable police detective Arthur P. Dietrich on the ABC sitcom Barney Miller, got him nominated for three Emmy Awards.
Landesberg was born November 23, 1936, in the Bronx, New York, to a milliner mother and a grocery store-owner father. Landesberg died from colon cancer on December 20, 2010, aged 74. He was survived by his wife Nancy Ross Landesberg and a daughter Elizabeth.
Officer Carl Levitt (Ron Carey)
Was an American film and TV actor Born (December 11, 1935) Ronald Joseph Ciceni, into a huge Italian family, on December 11, 1935. He was best known for playing an ambitious NYPD Police Officer, Carl Levitt on TV’s Barney Miller.
The 5-foot-4-inch was almost always surrounded by male actors (and sometimes female guest stars) who stood at least 4 inches taller. The series’ stars (Hal Linden, Max Gail, Abe Vigoda, Ron Glass, Steve Landesberg) all stood 6 feet or more. Carey appeared in the recurring role for the last six of the eight seasons of Barney Miller‘s run. He first appeared on the show as a criminal, Angelo Molinari (aka The Mole), in Season 2.
Carey died of a stroke at a Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, in January 2007. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Sharon, and his brother, James Cicenia.
Lt. Chano (Gregory Sierra)
After two seasons as Channo, Gregory, 73, became a TV staple, but he didn’t stray too far from the beat as Lt. Chano on “Murder, She Wrote.”