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Abe Vigoda Died Today? Really this time!

Written by K.C. Murdock

At least once a year as celebrity deaths happen a rumor about Abe Vigoda being dead circulates. It happens so much that his website home page is a picture of Abe stating that he is indeed alive. Until today. Today that changed in Abe Vigoda humor and fashion. At 11:43 a.m. his Twitter changed with the bad news. This time it was not a hoax.

Born February 24th 1921 Abe Vigoda was approaching his 95th Birthday next month.

I first introduced to Abe Vigoda sitting on my Dad’s lap as he bellowed at the humor in Barney Miller. As Detective Phil Fish (Vigoda) was in 63 episodes of the cop comedy. His grumpy old man dry wit off set the rest of the younger hipper crew of comedians. Ready for retirement yet always fighting it off cause for all his complaining he loved his job at the 12th precinct. This lead to the spin off TV series Fish that last a couple of seasons.

Then I got older and finally was able to see the classic Godfather movies. A younger Abe Vigoda playing the seasoned gangster and turns trusted advisor of Don Corleone. And continued voicing Salvatore Tessio in the Godfather video games and also makes an appearance in Batman: Mask of the Phantasm as Salvatore Valestra. No doubt paying homage to his character from the GODFATHER.

But no matter what the TV nut in me always goes back to so many great appearances by Abe like: Hawaii Five-0, Kojak, The Bionic Woman, Vega$, Rockford Files, The Love Boat, Eight is Enough, Fantasy Island, B.J. and the Bear, MacGyver, Murder She Wrote, Diagnosis Murder, Law & Order, and Wings to name just the shows I use to watch alone.

Don’t forget his awesome scene as Old Man Lisa in Weird Science and the quirky Chief of the Waponis in Joe Versus the Volcano.

NBC News:

Vigoda’s daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, told The Associated Press that Vigoda died Tuesday morning in his sleep at Fuchs’ home in Woodland Park, New Jersey. The cause of death was old age. “This man was never sick,” Fuchs said.

We are sad to see this unmistakable voice of entertainment leave us, but I are glad to read his daughters words. He was “never sick” and just lived a long full wonderful life.

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K.C. Murdock

Murdock Worldwide Entertainment is the brainchild of President and C.E.O. K.C. Murdock. Created for the distribution of his debut album “Sunlit World”, but took a new direction when on musical hiatus he started the podcast Down the Road Show. The fast growing popularity of that quickly spread to video production at comic cons forever changing DTRShow into the press/media division it has become. As Murdock’s profile began to rise in the con circuit he became a more integral part of every con he attended bringing a camera to conventions and utilizing it to record panels and celebrity interviews. From filming to becoming a point of contact for artists, actors and attendees, K.C. kept adding roles to his overall con responsibilities. In the span of a year and a half K.C. went from anonymous attendee to becoming a trusted source for all things convention related.

Armed with camera, K.C. branched off into the Chronicles of Comic Con, a reality based show revolving around comic conventions with skits and commercials intermixed; but K.C. had more plans. He wanted bigger. He envisioned what would become MWE. Recruiting some friends long time writing/creative partner and industry professional Josh Calvert, uber-talented graphic artist Batt Rivera aka Dark Nyte Studios, a comic con insider unknown in the Cosplay community for his personal unique twists on characters, Tyler Wilson as head of web development to build & manage and SEO Guru Steve Wiideman his most trusted web advisor. K.C. had the backbone of a company that would eventually grow into cult status in the seedy pop culture underworld.
M.W.E. has allowed for expansion from that original premise of strictly entertainment production. With the current roster of MWE in place K.C. set his sights on expanding into brand & talent management, branding & social media management services for professionals in the Industry, and event coordination while maintaining an online network with a focus on production and development, Murdock Worldwide Entertainment is poised to become the go-to company for all things media related.

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