F. Murray Abraham


24 Oct 1939


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA


Murray Abraham


F. Murray Abraham was born on October 24, 1939 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in El Paso, Texas. Primarily a stage actor, Abraham made his screen debut as an usher in the George C. Scott comedy They Might Be Giants (1971). By the mid-1970s, Murray had steady employment as an actor, doing commercials and voice-over work. He can be seen as one of the undercover police officers along with Al Pacino in Sidney Lumet's Serpico (1973), and in television roles including the villain in one third-season episode of Kojak (1973). He played a cabdriver in the theatrical version of The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975), a mechanic in the theatrical version of The Sunshine Boys (1975), and a police officer in All the President's Men (1976).

Despite these small roles, Abraham continued to do commercials and voice-over work for income. But in 1978, he decided to give them up. Frustrated with the lack of substantial roles, Abraham said, "No one was taking my acting seriously. I figured if I didn't do it, then I'd have no right to the dreams I've always had." His wife, Kate Hannan, went to work as an assistant and Abraham became a "house husband". He described, "I cooked and cleaned and took care of the kids. It was very rough on my macho idea of life. But it was the best thing that ever happened to me." Abraham appeared as drug dealer Omar Suárez alongside Pacino again in the gangster film Scarface (1983). He also gained visibility voicing a talking bunch of grapes in a series of television commercials for Fruit of the Loom underwear.

Abraham won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as envious composer Antonio Salieri in Amadeus (1984), an award for which Tom Hulce, playing Mozart in that movie, had also been nominated. He also won a Golden Globe, among other awards, and his role in the film, directed by Milos Forman, is still his most iconic.

After Amadeus, he next appeared in The Name of the Rose (1986), in which he played Bernardo Gui, nemesis to Sean Connery's William of Baskerville. In the DVD audio commentary, his director on the film, Jean-Jacques Annaud, described Abraham as an "egomaniac" on the set, who considered himself more important than Sean Connery, since Connery did not have an Oscar. That said, the film was a critical success. Abraham had tired of appearing as villains and wanted to return to his background in comedy, as he explained to People Weekly magazine in an interview he gave at the time of its release.

Actor ( 115 credits )

Black and White Stripes: The Juventus Story (2016) Narrator (English Version)
Taxi 22 (2016)  Leo (unknown episodes)
A Little Game (2014) Norman Wallach
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Mr. Moustafa
Il mistero di Dante (2014) Dante Alter Ego
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Bud Grossman
The Gambler Who Wouldn't Die (2013) Braque
Dead Man Down (2013) Gregor
IMDb: What to Watch (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Do No Harm (2013)  Cozar (1 episode, 2013)
The Broadway.Com Show (2013)  Himself (2 episodes, 2014)
Inside Amy Schumer (2013)  Diplomat (1 episode, 2016)
The Day of the Siege: September Eleven 1683 (2012) Marco D'Aviano
Goltzius and the Pelican Company (2012) The Margrave
Love, Marilyn (2012) Himself
Milos Forman, un outsider à Hollywood (2012) Himself
Elementary (2012)  Daniel Gottlieb (1 episode, 2013)
The Presence of Joseph Chaikin (2012)
Homeland (2011)  Dar Adal (14 episodes, 2012-2013)
The Unseen World (2010) John Henry Newman
Louie (2010)  Jonathan / ... (3 episodes, 2011-2014)
Blue Bloods (2010)  Leon Goodwin (1 episode, 2012)
Special Collector's Edition (2010)  Antonio Salieri (uncredited) (1 episode, 2011)
MindFlux (2010) Himself
Sword of War (2009) Siniscalco Barozzi
Milos Forman: What doesn't kill you... (2009) Himself
Perestroika (2009) Prof. Gross
The Good Wife (2009)  Burl Preston (4 episodes, 2011-2014)
Bored to Death (2009)  Professor Richard Hawkes (1 episode, 2010)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Language of the Enemy (2008) Grandfather Wahid
Carnera: The Walking Mountain (2008) Leon See
Wine and Kisses (2007) Ruggero
Voyage of the Lonely Turtle (2007) Narrator
Saving Grace (2007)  Matthew (1 episode, 2009)
The Final Inquiry (2006) Nathan
The Stone Merchant (2006) Shahid
Operation Lysistrata (2006) Himself
Quiet Flows the Don (2006) Pantaley
Tikhiy Don (2006)
Chaos and Order: Making American Theater (2005) Himself
Repetition (2005) Himself
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2004) Viceroy of Peru
Too Much Romance... It's Time for Stuffed Peppers (2004) Jeffrey
Another Way of Seeing Things (2004) Narrator
Five Moons Plaza (2003) Entita'
Rua Alguem 5555: My Father (2003) Paul Minsky
Try to Remember: The Fantasticks (2003) Himself
Ticker (2002) Airport Guru
Joshua (2002) Father Tardone
Thir13en Ghosts (2001) Cyrus Kriticos
I cavalieri che fecero l'impresa (2001) Delfinello da Coverzano
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001)  Dr. Theodore Nichols (1 episode, 2010)
Finding Forrester (2000) Prof. Robert Crawford
David Proshker (2000) Narrator
The All New Adventures of Laurel & Hardy in 'For Love or Mummy' (1999) Prof. Covington
Muppets from Space (1999) Noah
The Directors (1999)  Himself (1 episode)
Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) Ru'afo
Eruption (1997) President Mendoza
Mimic (1997) Dr. Gates
Una vacanza all'inferno (1997) Belisario
Children of the Revolution (1996) Stalin
Baby Face Nelson (1996) Al Capone
Theater Talk (1996)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
Looking for Richard (1996) Himself
Dillinger and Capone (1995) Al Capone
Mighty Aphrodite (1995) Leader
Jamila (1994) Older Seit
Nostradamus (1994) Scalinger
Surviving the Game (1994) Wolfe Sr.
L'affaire (1994) Lucien Haslans
Fresh (1994) Chess Hustler (uncredited)
Sweet Killing (1993) Zargo
Last Action Hero (1993) John Practice
Loaded Weapon 1 (1993) Harold Leacher
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 1994)
Through an Open Window (1992) Narrator (voice)
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Eye of the Widow (1991) Kharoun
Mobsters (1991) Arnold Rothstein
Money (1991) Will Scarlet
By the Sword (1991) Maximilian 'Max' Suba
La batalla de los Tres Reyes (1990) Osrain
The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) D.A. Abe Weiss (uncredited)
Cadence (1990) Capt. Ramon Garcia (uncredited)
An Innocent Man (1989) Virgil Cane
The Favorite (1989) Abdul Hamid
Slipstream (1989) Cornelius
Beyond the Stars (1989) Dr. Harry Bertram - the Whale Man
Performance Pieces (1989)
The Third Solution (1988) Father Carafa
The American Experience (1988)  Himself / ... (1 episode, 1988)
The Name of the Rose (1986) Bernardo Gui
On the Wing (1986) Narrator (voice)
Herman Melville: Damned in Paradise (1985) Herman Melville (voice)
Amadeus (1984) Antonio Salieri
Scarface (1983) Omar Suarez
Nature (1982)  Narrator / ... (33 episodes, 2007-2013)
Madman (1978)
The Big Fix (1978) Eppis
The Andros Targets (1977)  Bobby Carr (1 episode, 1977)
A.E.S. Hudson Street (1977)  Dr. Menzies (1 episode, 1977)
The Ritz (1976) Chris
All the President's Men (1976) Arresting Officer #1
The Sunshine Boys (1975) Mechanic
The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975) Taxi Driver
How to Survive a Marriage (1974)  Joshua Browne
Nova (1974)  Himself - Narrator (1 episode, 2005)
Serpico (1973) Detective Partner (uncredited)
Kojak (1973)  Eddie Gordon / ... (2 episodes, 1975-1977)
They Might Be Giants (1971) Clyde (the usher)
All in the Family (1971)  Clerk (1 episode, 1976)
Today (1952)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)