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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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Abraham was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Maryam Bint Al-Ashud, a housewife, and Fahrid Abraham, an auto mechanic.His father was an Assyrian Christian who immigrated from Syria during the 1920s famine; his paternal grandfather was a cantor in the Syriac Orthodox Church. Abraham`s mother, one of fourteen children, was an Arab American, the daughter of an immigrant who worked in the coal mines of Western Pennsylvania. Abraham was raised in El Paso, Texas, near the Mexican border, where he was a gang member during his teenage years.He attended the University of Texas at Austin, then studied acting under Uta Hagen in New York City. He began his acting career on the stage, debuting in a Los Angeles production of Ray Bradbury`s The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit.
Abraham can be seen as one of the undercover cops along with Al Pacino in Sidney Lumet`s Serpico (1973). He also appears very early in All the President`s Men as one of the police officers who arrests the Watergate burglars in the offices of the Democratic National Headquarters.
Prior to his acclaimed role in Amadeus, Abraham was perhaps best known to audiences as a talking leaf in a series of television commercials for Fruit of the Loom underwear.He worked with Pacino again in the gangster film Scarface in 1983, playing drug dealer Omar Suarez. Abraham won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Antonio Salieri in Amadeus (1984). After Amadeus he has mainly focused on classical theatre, and has starred in many Shakespearean productions such as Othello and Richard III, as well as many other plays by the likes of Samuel Beckett and Gilbert and Sullivan. He is also known for his roles in The Name of the Rose (1986), where he played Bernardo Gui, nemesis to Sean Connery`s William of Baskerville, Woody Allen`s Mighty Aphrodite (1995) and Gus Van Sant`s Finding Forrester (2000), where he once again played nemesis to Connery.
Abraham has focused on stage work throughout his career, giving notable performances as Pozzo in Mike Nichols` production of Waiting for Godot, Malvolio in Twelfth Night for the New York Shakespeare Festival, and Shylock in The Merchant of Venice for a New York based theatre company called Theatre For A New Audience (TFANA) which has been performed in March 2007 at The Swan Theatre, part of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Abraham`s relatively low-profile film career subsequent to his Academy Award career has been held by many as an example of the so-called "Oscar jinx." So linked is Abraham with the phenomenon of winning an Oscar and yet failing to maintain the trajectory toward a high-level film career that, according to film critic Leonard Maltin, it is referred to in "Hollywood circles as the `F. Murray Abraham syndrome." Abraham himself rejects this notion. He once told an interviewer, "The Oscar is the single most important event of my career. I have dined with kings, shared equal billing with my idols, lectured at Harvard and Columbia. If this is a jinx, I`ll take two."
In the same interview, Abraham said, "Even though I won the Oscar, I can still take the subway [in New York] and nobody recognizes me. Some actors might find that disconcerting, but I find it refreshing."
Abraham has been married to Kate Hannan since 1962; they have two children.He taught Theater at Brooklyn College.
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Full Name at Birth
Fahrid Murray Abraham
F. Murray Abraham (born Murray Abraham; October 24, 1939) is an American actor. He became widely known during the 1980s after winning the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Antonio Salieri in Amadeus (1984). He has appeared in many roles, both leading and supporting, in films such as All the President's Men (1976), Scarface (1983), The Name of the Rose (1986), Last Action Hero (1993), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998), Finding Forrester (2000), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). He is also known for his television and theatre work and is now a regular cast member on the award-winning TV series Homeland.
Claim to Fame
Antonio Salieri In Amadeus (1984).
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Frederick Abraham (An Auto Mechanic.)
El Paso High School, El Paso, Texas, United States (1958)
University Of Texas At El Paso, El Paso, Texas, United States (Attended)
Josephine (née Stello) (A Housewife.)
University of Texas at Austin
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
TV commercial for Merrill Lynch (voice), TV commercial for Mexico tourism (voice), TV commercial for Hallmark (voice), Tv commercial for American Express (voice), (1999) TV commercials for Holyfield vs. Lewis on pay-per-view (voiceover)., (April 2014) TV commercial as a Magical Sorcerer on horseback for the Xfinity by Comcast X-1 platform., (March 2014) TV commercial "Multi-Million Dollar Athletes" for McDonald's Dollar Menu at Breakfast and McCafe Premium Roast Coffee (voiceover).
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