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Also Known As: Fahrid Murray Abraham Died:
Born: October 24, 1939 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, director, theater instructor

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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,...

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.

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 Dead Man Down (2013)
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 Love, Marilyn (2012)
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 Barbarossa (2009)
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 Perestroika (2009)
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 BloodMonkey (2008)
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1965:
Professional theatrical debut in L.A. production of "The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit"
1966:
Off-Broadway debut, "The Fantasticks"
1971:
Screen acting debut, "They Might Be Giants"
1983:
Cast in Brian De Palma's crime drama "Scarface" opposite Al Pacino
1984:
Had breakthrough screen role as Salieri in Milos Forman's "Amadeus"; won Best Actor Oscar
1988:
Co-starred in Mike Nichols' staging of "Waiting for Godot"
1991:
Played Arnold Rothstein in "Mobsters"
1994:
Replaced Ron Leibman as Roy Cohn in "Angels in America" on Broadway
1995:
Was leader of Greek Chorus in Woody Allen's "Mighty Aphrodite," starring Mira Sorvino
1997:
Again acted opposite Mira Sorvino in "Mimic"
1997:
Returned to Broadway as co-star of the musical "Triumph of Love"
1999:
Co-starred opposite Joyce Van Patten in the stage play "It's My Party (And I'll Die If I Want To)"
2000:
Portrayed a venal, close-minded high school teacher in "Finding Forrester"
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
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
2007:
Narrated the documentary series "Nature" (PBS)
2009:
Guest starring role as an angel on "Saving Grace" (TNT)
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Education

HB Studio: New York , New York -
University of Texas at Austin: Austin , Texas - 1959 - 1961

Notes

Abraham is of Syrian and Italian ancestry.

"'I don't replace,' the actor says simply, explaining why he first declined to take over the role of Roy Cohn in 'Angels in America." --from NEW YORK NEWSDAY, March 1994

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wife:
Kate Hannon. Married in 1962.

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father:
Fahrid Abraham. Mechanic.
mother:
Josephine Abraham.

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