Abe Vigoda gained fame through his supporting character roles, notably as elder mobster Salatore Tessio in The Godfather (1972). He gained further fame playing Detective Sgt. Phil Fish on the ABC sitcom Barney Miller from 1975 to 1977.
Barney Miller was a situation comedy TV series set in a New York City police station in Greenwich Village. The series originally was broadcast on ABC-TV until May 20, 1982. Decades after its cancellation, Barney Miller retains a devoted following among real-life police officers, who appreciate the show’s emphasis on dialogue and believably quirky characters, and its low-key portrayal of cops going about their jobs.