F. Murray Abraham

Actor, Director, Theater instructor
Having kicked around off-Broadway theater while playing a number of small roles on film and television, actor F. Murray Abraham was vaulted to stardom with an Oscar-winning turn as the pious, but vindictive composer ... Read more »
Born: 10/23/1939 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (115)

...and Quiet Flows the Don 2014 (Movie)

Pantaley (Actor)

A Little Game 2014 (Movie)

Norman Wallach (Actor)

Homeland 1996 - 1997, 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Louie 2011 - 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nature 1982 - 2014 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014 (Movie)

Mr. Moustafa (Actor)

Dead Man Down 2013 (Movie)

Gregor (Actor)

Do No Harm 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Elementary 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Goltzius and the Pelican Company 2013 (Movie)

Alsace (Actor)

Inside Llewyn Davis 2013 (Movie)

Bud Grossman (Actor)

Blue Bloods 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love, Marilyn 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Good Wife 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bored to Death 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Barbarossa 2009 (Movie)

Siniscalco Barozzi (Actor)

Perestroika 2009 (Movie)

Professor Gross (Actor)

Saving Grace 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

BloodMonkey 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Carnera: The Walking Mountain 2008 (Movie)

Leon See (Actor)

Come le formiche 2007 (Movie)

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The Final Inquiry 2007 (Movie)

Nathan (Actor)

Peperoni Ripieni e Pesci in Faccia 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Stone Merchant 2006 (Movie)

Shahid (Actor)

The Bridge Of San Luis Rey 2005 (Movie)

The Viceroy of Peru (Actor)

Papa Rua Alguem 5555 2004 (Movie)

Paul Minsky (Actor)

Piazza of the Five Moons 2003 (Movie)

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Joshua 2002 (Movie)

Father Tardone (Actor)

Esther 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Knights of the Quest 2001 (Movie)

Delfinello da Coverzano (Actor)

Thirteen Ghosts 2001 (Movie)

Uncle Cyrus Kriticos (Actor)

Betty Buckley 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Finding Forrester 2000 (Movie)

Professor Robert Crawford (Actor)

Exploring the High Frontier 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Muppets From Space 1999 (Movie)

Noah (Actor)

Baby Face Nelson 1998 (Movie)

Al Capone (Actor)

Eruption! 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Star Trek: Insurrection 1998 (Movie)

Ru'afo (Actor)

Children of the Revolution 1997 (Movie)

Stalin (Actor)

Mimic 1997 (Movie)

Doctor Gates (Actor)

Nova 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Narrator

Puma: Lion of the Andes 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Larry McMurtry's Dead Man's Walk 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Vacation in Hell 1996 (Movie)

Belisario (Actor)

Dillinger and Capone 1995 (Movie)

Capone (Actor)

Mighty Aphrodite 1995 (Movie)

Greek Chorus Leader (Actor)

The Way West 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

L' affaire 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Nostradamus 1994 (Movie)

Dr Scalinger (Actor)

Surviving the Game 1994 (Movie)

Wolf Sr (Actor)

By the Sword 1993 (Movie)

Max Suba (Actor)

Jamila 1993 (Movie)

Older Seit (Actor)

Journey to the Center of the Earth 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

L' Elisir d'Amore 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Last Action Hero 1993 (Movie)

John Practice (Actor)

National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 1993 (Movie)

Harold Leacher (Actor)

Sweet Killing 1993 (Movie)

Mr Zargo (Actor)

The Ghosts of Versailles 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Hawaii: Strangers in Paradise 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Narrator

Prisoners of the Brain 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Narrator

Semiramide 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The First Circle 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Through an Open Window 1992 (Movie)

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A Masked Ball From the Metropolitan Opera 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Cadence 1991 (Movie)

Garcia (Actor)

L' Oeil de la Veuve 1991 (Movie)

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Mobsters 1991 (Movie)

Arnold Rothstein (Actor)

Money 1991 (Movie)

Will Scarlet (Actor)

The Magic Flute 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Aida 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Der Ring Des Nibelungen 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Great Moments From the Met 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

La Batalla de los Tres Reyes 1990 (Movie)

Ozraine (Actor)

The Betrothed 1990 (Movie)

L'Innominato (Actor)

The House I Live In 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Vaclav Havel's Largo Desolato 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

An Innocent Man 1989 (Movie)

Virgil Cane (Actor)

Il Barbiere di Siviglia 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

La Nuit du serail 1989 (Movie)

Abdul Hamid (Actor)

Personal Choice 1989 (Movie)

Dr. Harry Bertram (Actor)

Russicum 1989 (Movie)

Father Carafa (Actor)

Slipstream 1989 (Movie)

Cornelius (Actor)

Performance Pieces 1988 (Movie)

Performance Artist (Actor)

The Blessings of Liberty 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Name of the Rose 1986 (Movie)

Bernardo Gui (Actor)

The Rose of the Names 1986 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Amadeus 1984 (Movie)

Antonio Salieri (Actor)

Scarface 1983 (Movie)

Omar (Actor)

Marco Polo 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

A.E.S. Hudson Street 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Fix 1978 (Movie)

Eppis (Actor)

All the President's Men 1976 (Movie)

1st Arresting Officer (Actor)

The Ritz 1976 (Movie)

Chris (Actor)

How to Survive a Marriage 1973 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sunshine Boys 1975 (Movie)

Mechanic (Actor)

A Season of Giants (TV Show)

Actor

Bluebeard's Castle (TV Show)

Actor

Color of Justice (TV Show)

Actor

Dream West (TV Show)

Actor

Excellent Cadavers (TV Show)

Actor

Marco Polo (TV Show)

Actor

Nightside (TV Show)

Actor

Nile: River of Gods (TV Show)

Narrator

Noah's Ark (TV Show)

Actor

Pompeii: The Last Day (TV Show)

Narrator

Sex and the Married Woman (TV Show)

Actor

Shark Swarm (TV Show)

Actor

The Darkling (TV Show)

Actor

The Great White Shark (TV Show)

Narrator

The Little Match Girl (TV Show)

Narrator

Biography

Having kicked around off-Broadway theater while playing a number of small roles on film and television, actor F. Murray Abraham was vaulted to stardom with an Oscar-winning turn as the pious, but vindictive composer Antonio Salieri in Milos Forman's brilliant "Amadeus" (1984). Prior to his star-marking performance, Abraham had small roles in notable films like "Serpico" (1973), "All the President's Men" (1976) and "Scarface" (1983). In between, he appeared frequently on the stage, mainly in off- and off-off-Broadway productions, while he was later recognized for playing the green grapes in the famed Fruit of the Loom commercials from the late-1970s. After his award-winning turn, however, Abraham worked steadily, but struggled to find quality projects, leading some to proclaim that he suffered from an Oscar jinx. He co-starred alongside Sean Connery in "The Name of the Rose" (1986), was uncredited in the famous flop "The Bonfire of the Vanities" (1990), and headed the Greek chorus in Woody Allen's "Mighty Aphrodite" (1995). After supporting roles in "Mimic" (1997) and "Finding Forester" (2000), Abraham transitioned to the small screen by frequently narrating the acclaimed wildlife show "Nature" (PBS, 1982- ), while appearing in episodes of "Saving Grace" (TNT, 2007-2010) and "The Good Wife" (CBS, 2009- ). Though his stature might have diminished since "Amadeus," Abraham was an in-demand performer capable of delivering quality turns in a wide array of roles.

Relationships

Josephine Abraham

Mother

Fahrid Abraham

Father

Kate Hannon

Wife
married in 1962

EDUCATION

HB Studio

New York , New York
studied under Uta Hagen

University of Texas at Austin

Austin , Texas 1959 - 1961

Milestones

2009

Guest starring role as an angel on "Saving Grace" (TNT)

2007

Narrated the documentary series "Nature" (PBS)

2007

Juggled lead roles as Shylock in Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" and Barabas in Christopher Marlowe's "The Jew of Malta" at the Theatre for a New Audience

2001

Cast as an eccentric owner of a home that turns out to be haunted in "13 Ghosts"

2001

Played Irving Mansfield in the stage play "Paper Doll"; premiered in Pittsburgh; production moved to Broadway in 2002

2000

Portrayed a venal, close-minded high school teacher in "Finding Forrester"

1999

Co-starred opposite Joyce Van Patten in the stage play "It's My Party (And I'll Die If I Want To)"

1997

Returned to Broadway as co-star of the musical "Triumph of Love"

1997

Again acted opposite Mira Sorvino in "Mimic"

1995

Was leader of Greek Chorus in Woody Allen's "Mighty Aphrodite," starring Mira Sorvino

1994

Replaced Ron Leibman as Roy Cohn in "Angels in America" on Broadway

1991

Played Arnold Rothstein in "Mobsters"

1988

Co-starred in Mike Nichols' staging of "Waiting for Godot"

1984

Had breakthrough screen role as Salieri in Milos Forman's "Amadeus"; won Best Actor Oscar

1983

Cast in Brian De Palma's crime drama "Scarface" opposite Al Pacino

1976

Landed a supporting role in "All the President's Men"

1970

Screen acting debut, "They Might Be Giants"

1966

Off-Broadway debut, "The Fantasticks"

1965

Professional theatrical debut in L.A. production of "The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit"

Bonus Trivia

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Abraham was of Syrian and Italian ancestry.

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"I don't replace," – Abraham on why he first declined to take over the role of Roy Cohn in "Angels in America," New York Newsday, March 1994

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