Vale's long-running character, "Fred the Baker," for the doughnut maker's ad campaign lasted 15 years until he retired in 1997.
Canton, Massachusetts-based Dunkin' Donuts said in a statement that that Vale's character "became a beloved American icon that permeated our culture and touched millions with his sense of humor and humble nature." (CNN)
Probably the most well-known film he was in was "The Marathon Man," which starred Dustin Hoffman and Laurence Olivier - Vale played a jewelry seller. He also sat down for an interview in 1999 on "The Howard Stern Radio Show."