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F. Murray Abraham

Academy Award-winning actor F. Murray Abraham was born on October 24, 1939 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in El Paso, Texas. His father, Frederick Abraham was from an Assyrian Christian (Antiochian) family, from Syria. His mother, Josephine (Stello) Abraham, was the daughter of Italian immigrants. Born with the first name "Murray", he ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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The Grand Budapest Hotel
Amadeus Antonio Salieri
Mighty Aphrodite
Last Action Hero
Last Action Hero John Practice


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 2019 How to Train Your Dragon 3 (pre-production)
Grimmel (voice)
 2018 Isle of Dogs
Jupiter (voice)
 2017 Curb Your Enthusiasm (TV Series)
- Fatwa! (2017) ... Ayatollah
 2012-2017 Homeland (TV Series)
Dar Adal
- America First (2017) ... Dar Adal
- R Is for Romeo (2017) ... Dar Adal
- The Flag House (2017) ... Dar Adal
- Sock Puppets (2017) ... Dar Adal
- Alt.truth (2017) ... Dar Adal
 2016 Taxi 22 (TV Series)
 2016 Inside Amy Schumer (TV Series)
- Madame President (2016) ... Diplomat
 2015/I 411 (Short)
Information (voice)
 2011-2014 Louie (TV Series)
Louie's Dad / Uncle Excelsior / Jonathan
- In the Woods: Part 2 (2014) ... Louie's Dad
- Dad (2012) ... Uncle Excelsior
- New Jersey/Airport (2011) ... Jonathan
 2014 A Little Game
Norman Wallach
 2014 Il mistero di Dante
Dante Alter Ego
 2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel
Mr. Moustafa
 2011-2014 The Good Wife (TV Series)
Burl Preston
- Goliath and David (2014) ... Burl Preston
- Anatomy of a Joke (2012) ... Burl Preston
- Alienation of Affection (2012) ... Burl Preston
- Net Worth (2011) ... Burl Preston
 2013 Do No Harm (TV Series)
- Six Feet Deep (2013) ... Cozar
 2013 Inside Llewyn Davis
Bud Grossman
 2013 Elementary (TV Series)
Daniel Gottlieb
- A Landmark Story (2013) ... Daniel Gottlieb
 2013 Dead Man Down
 2012 Goltzius and the Pelican Company
The Margrave
 2012 Blue Bloods (TV Series)
Leon Goodwin
- The Job (2012) ... Leon Goodwin
 2012 Beauty and the Beast: A Dark Tale (TV Movie)
 2010 The Unseen World
John Henry Newman
 2010 Bored to Death (TV Series)
Professor Richard Hawkes
- I've Been Living Like a Demented God! (2010) ... Professor Richard Hawkes
 2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Dr. Theodore Nichols
- Three-in-One (2010) ... Dr. Theodore Nichols
 2009 Barbarossa
Siniscalco Barozzi
 2009 Saving Grace (TV Series)
- What Would You Do? (2009) ... Matthew
 2009/I Perestroika
Prof. Gross
 2008 A House Divided
Grandfather Wahid
 2008 Shark Swarm (TV Movie)
Professor Bill Girdler
 2008 Ballerina (Short)
 2007 Bloodmonkey (Video)
 2007 Come le formiche
 2006 The Final Inquiry
 2006 And Quiet Flows the Don (TV Mini-Series)
 2006 Il mercante di pietre
 2004 The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Viceroy of Peru
 2004 Another Way of Seeing Things (Short)
 2004 Dead Lawyers (TV Movie)
 2003 Pompeii: The Last Day (TV Movie)
Narrator (English version, voice)
 2003 My Father, Rua Alguem 5555
Paul Minsky
 2003 Piazza delle cinque lune
 2002 Ticker (Short)
Airport Guru
 2002/I Joshua
Father Tardone
 2001 Thir13en Ghosts
Cyrus Kriticos
 2001 I cavalieri che fecero l'impresa
Delfinello da Coverzano
 2000 David Proshker (Short)
 2000 Un dono semplice (TV Movie)
 2000 Finding Forrester
Prof. Robert Crawford
 2000 The Darkling (TV Movie)
Bruno Rubin
 1999 Excellent Cadavers (TV Movie)
Tommaso Buscetta
 1999 Muppets from Space
 1999 Esther (TV Movie)
 1999 Noah's Ark (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1999) ... Lot
- Episode #1.1 (1999) ... Lot
 1998 Star Trek: Insurrection
 1997 Eruption
President Mendoza
 1997 Una vacanza all'inferno
 1997 Color of Justice (TV Movie)
Jim Sullivan
 1997 Mimic
Dr. Gates
 1996 Baby Face Nelson
Al Capone
 1996 Dead Man's Walk (TV Mini-Series)
Caleb Cobb
- Episode #1.3 (1996) ... Caleb Cobb
- Episode #1.2 (1996) ... Caleb Cobb
- Episode #1.1 (1996) ... Caleb Cobb
 1995 Mighty Aphrodite
 1995 Dillinger and Capone (Video)
Al Capone
 1994 Jamila
Older Seit
 1994 Nostradamus
 1994 Surviving the Game
Wolfe Sr.
 1994 L'affaire
Lucien Haslans
 1994 Fresh
Chess Hustler (uncredited)
 1993 Il caso Dozier (TV Movie)
 1993 Last Action Hero
John Practice
 1993 Sweet Killing
 1993 Journey to the Center of the Earth (TV Movie)
Professor Harlech
 1993 Loaded Weapon 1
Harold Leacher
 1992 The First Circle (TV Movie)
 1992 Through an Open Window (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1991/I Die Zauberflöte (TV Movie)
Host (only for TV)
 1991 By the Sword
Maximilian 'Max' Suba
 1991 Eye of the Widow
 1991 Mobsters
Arnold Rothstein
 1991 Money
Will Scarlet
 1990 Largo Desolato (TV Movie)
Leopold Nettle
 1990 The Bonfire of the Vanities
D.A. Abe Weiss (uncredited)
 1990 The Little Match Girl (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1990 A Season of Giants (TV Movie)
Pope Julius II
 1990 Cadence
Capt. Ramon Garcia (uncredited)
 1989 Galileo Galilei (TV Movie)
 1989 Performance Pieces (Short)
 1989 An Innocent Man
Virgil Cane
 1989 The Favorite
Abdul Hamid
 1989 Beyond the Stars
Dr. Harry Bertram - the Whale Man
 1989 Slipstream
 1989 I promessi sposi (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1989) ... L'Innominato
- Episode #1.2 (1989) ... L'Innominato
- Episode #1.1 (1989) ... L'Innominato
 1988 The Third Solution
Father Carafa
 1986 The Name of the Rose
Bernardo Gui
 1986 Dream West (TV Mini-Series)
President Abraham Lincoln
- Episode #1.2 (1986) ... President Abraham Lincoln
- Dream West (1986) ... President Abraham Lincoln
 1984 Amadeus
Antonio Salieri
 1983 Scarface
Omar Suarez
 1982-1983 Marco Polo (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.7 (1983) ... Jacopo
- Episode #1.6 (1983) ... Jacopo
- Episode #1.5 (1983) ... Jacopo
- Episode #1.4 (1982) ... Jacopo
- Episode #1.3 (1982) ... Jacopo
 1978 Madman
 1978 The Big Fix
 1977 Sex and the Married Woman (TV Movie)
Duke Skaggs
 1977 A.E.S. Hudson Street (TV Series)
Dr. Menzies
- Pilot (1977) ... Dr. Menzies
 1977 The Andros Targets (TV Series)
Bobby Carr
- The Killing of a Porno Queen (1977) ... Bobby Carr
 1975-1977 Kojak (TV Series)
Eddie Gordon / Solly Nurse
- The Godson (1977) ... Eddie Gordon
- A Question of Answers (1975) ... Solly Nurse
 1976 All in the Family (TV Series)
- The Unemployment Story: Part 1 (1976) ... Clerk
 1976 The Ritz
 1976 All the President's Men
Arresting Officer #1
 1975/I The Sunshine Boys
 1975 The Prisoner of Second Avenue
Taxi Driver
 1974 How to Survive a Marriage (TV Series)
Joshua Browne
 1973 Serpico
Detective Partner (uncredited)
 1973 Nightside (TV Movie)
 1971 They Might Be Giants
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Other Works:

He acted in Samuel Beckett's play, "Waiting for Godot," at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on Broadway in New York City with Robin Williams, Bill Irwin, and Steve Martin in the cast. Mike Nicholas was director. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Frank Murray Abraham


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Personal Quote:

[on building a character] It's always the same. The truth - it's always got to be the truth. And there's only one truth you can ever rely on, and that's your instinct and your idea of the truth. Not on somebody else's but your own, within the context of the script - you are in their world. There are some actors now, quite famous, who are applauded for their work, and in fact they're acting quite ... See more »


During a ceremony in Rome, he was awarded the "Premio per gli Italiani nel Mondo". This is a prize distributed by the Marzio Tremaglia foundation and the Italian government to Italian emigrants and their descendants who have distinguished themselves abroad. See more »


Often plays refined, sinister villains See more »

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