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Watch Abe Vigoda Laugh Off Reports of His Own Death (Video)

Remembering the actor’s classic appearances on ”Letterman“ and ”Conan,“ where he often poked fun at the many mistaken reports of his demise

Abe Vigoda, the “Godfather” and “Barney Miller” star who died today at age 94, was dogged by reports of his death as far back as the early 1980s — so much so that the whole thing became a running gag across late-night television and elsewhere, with Vigoda often in on the joke.

In a 1980s appearance on “Late Night With David Letterman,” Vigoda showed up to prove that a recent news story about his untimely demise was untrue. (See video above.) Later on, he regularly popped by “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” to poke fun at his own still-alive persona.

In the end, the joke really was his: Vigoda lived another three decades and easily survived both of those classic talk shows.