Late actor Abe Vigoda was surprisingly left out of the Oscars “In Memoriam” montage. Vigoda, who was famously know for roles such as The Godfather and The Godfather Part Two, was absent in the presentation. This left many viewers in ire as recent deaths including rocker David Bowie and actor Alan Rickman were included in the presentation.
Though many had noted that Geoffrey Lewis, father of actress Juliette Lewis and wrestler-turned-actor ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper were also missing from the montage, Vigoda’s lack of presence set many off on the internet.
“Abe Vigoda laughed off the subject of death rumors and jokes for many years, but even after he died on Jan. 26 at age 94, the Oscars left him off their annual In Memoriam video montage.”
Social media blew up on Vigoda’s exclusion from the montage.
Lady Gagas tribute to Abe Vigoda was amazing! #Oscars
— Matt Oswalt (@MattOswaltVA) February 29, 2016
For those saying Abe Vigoda died in 2016… So did David Bowie and Alan Rickman.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) February 29, 2016
Abe Vigoda is going to win that lifetime achievement award for “we’ve had your 4 second blip for the dead people roll on standby for years”
— Indie Gamer Chick (@IndieGamerChick) February 29, 2016
Business Insider also weighed in on Vigoda’s absence.
“Vigoda’s absence is particularly humorous given his death has been a long-running joke in Hollywood; his death was falsely reported several times during his life. There are several websites and even a Twitter account devoted to keeping tabs on whether or not the actor is alive.”
In recent years, Vigoda became the subject of premature death jokes. This all started in 1982 when People Magazine falsely reported his death, though Vigoda was still alive and performing in a stage play in Calgary. Vigoda shook off the false report in good humor, and posed for a photo published in Variety with the late actor sitting up in a coffin, holding the issue of People Magazine.
In 1987, the same mistake was made when a reporter for WWOR, Channel 9 in New Jersey, referred to the actor as “the late Abe Vigoda.” The reporter who made the mistake later apologized for the error. In later years, the joke became a running gag everywhere Vigoda was present. This included a joke on Late Night with David Letterman, where Letterman unsuccessfully tried to summon the ghost of Vigoda… Only for Vigoda to walk out on stage and declare, “I’m not dead yet, you pinhead!”
Vigoda’s supposed death was also the feature for a website, and a Firefox web browser plug-in.
Vigoda passed away in his sleep at the age of 94 on January 26, while at his daughter’s house in Woodland Park, New Jersey. The cause of death was ruled as natural causes.
Comedian Jeff Ross said it best on Vigoda’s snub.
They left Abe Vigoda out of the in memorium. That’s okay, he dies every year anyway. #Oscars
— Jeff Ross (@realjeffreyross) February 29, 2016
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