F. Murray Abraham biography
F. Murray Abraham
Birth Name: Fahrid Murray Abraham
Date of Birth: October 24, 1939
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, F. Murray Abraham attended the University of Texas before training
for the stage with Uta Hagen in New York. He made his professional debut in the 1965 Los
Angeles production of The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit. He would then move back to New York to
perform in the long-running The Fantasticks. For the next ten years, Abraham would work at
his art without becoming famous.
On stage he appeared in Brodway's Triumph of Love, Angels in America and starred
with Helen Mirren in A Month in the Country. He also spent time on the London stage
starring in Tolstoy and playing the title role in King Lear.
On television, Abraham landed roles in the miniseries Marco Polo, Nightside,
Gor Vidal's Lincoln, and the TV movies And Quiet Flows the Don and Sex and
Married Women. He was also seen on several commercials, including a then-famous spot for Fruit Of the Loom underwear.
Abraham wouldn't find fame until he started working in the big screen. He was made a star
almost overnight in 1984, when he was cast as the covetous composer Salieri in Amadeus . His
brilliant, bravura performance won him Oscar and Golden Globe awards as well as a nomination for a BAFTA award.
Since Amadeus (1984), Abraham has been so selective in his film roles that he rarely works at
all. Highlights in the last two decades of the 20th century included The Name of the
Rose (1985) in which Abraham, playing a 14th-century monk, was deliberately made up to look
like a "living gargoyle;" An Innocent Man (1989); The Mighty Aphrodite (1995);
Star Trek Insurrection (1998) playing the skin-pulled alien leader, Ad'har Ru'afo;
Finding Forrester (2000) with Sean Connery and Anna Paquin; and 13 Ghosts (2001).
A respected drama teacher, Abraham has taught as Professor of Theater at Brooklyn College. He has been married to Kate Hannan since 1962 and the couple have two children.
F. Murray Abraham Filmography