Abe Vigoda's Daughter 'Dismayed' Her Late Father Was 'Cheated' from Oscars In Memoriam Segment: Report

Abe Vigoda's Daughter Says Late Father Was 'Cheated' from Oscars In Memoriam
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02/29/2016 AT 10:00 PM EST

Abe Vigoda's daughter is furious that her father's name was left out of the Oscars "In Memoriam" segment last night.

"Last night the Oscars dismayed many and cheated Abe Vigoda by not paying tribute to the immense professional energies and talents that he brought to the industry," Carol Vigoda Fuchs told TMZ.

She added, "Let's not forget the personal and family sacrifices that were willingly made to achieve that essential devotion. The Oscars fell short in many ways and as my father Abe Vigoda said the Oscars have earned, 'one demerit.' "

Vigoda, who's death had been falsely reported numerous times, died for real in January at age 94.




Remembered mostly for his role as the turncoat mafioso Salvatore "Sal" Tessio in the The Godfather, Vigoda also starred as detective Phil Fish in the 1970s TV comedy Barney Miller and its spinoff, Fish.

Yet the character actor was not mentioned during the tribute, even as his Godfather costar, Alex Rocco, who played casino owner Moe Green, was honored among late industry figures featured.

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While Vigoda died fairly recently, stars like David Bowie and Alan Rickman were included despite dying just weeks earlier.

"I'm sure the Emmys will do it," Fuchs told Fox News. "But that's still no excuse. The Academy made a mistake. It's an injustice."

That injustice, she told TMZ, left a "hole in my heart that needs to be filled."
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