(AP) — Famously long rumored to be dead, beloved character actor Abe Vigoda died for real in January at age 94. But the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences didn’t seem to notice.
In any case, it omitted Vigoda from the “In Memoriam” package on Sunday’s Oscarcast, and his daughter Carol Vigoda Fuchs is incensed.READ MORE: Lowell High School Alumni File Lawsuit To Reinstate Merit-Based Admissions
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Fuchs wonders why the Academy forgot him, even as it paid tribute to Alex Rocco, seen in the same 1972 film as Las Vegas casino owner Moe Green. Rocco, who died last July at age 79, was among the four dozen industry figures honored in the segment.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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