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F. Murray Abraham

F. Murray Abraham
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Updated: Oct 28, 2021

Birth Name: Murray Abraham

Nickname/Stage Name: F. Murray Abraham

Birth Date: October 24, 1939

Genres: Action, Animation, Comedy, Drama

Occupation: Actor

Years Active: 1959 till Present

Net Worth: $10 million

 

Personal Life

F. Murray Abraham was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was raised in El Paso, Texas. He married Kate Hannan in 1962 and they have two children; Mick and Jamili.

Abraham and Hannan have one grandchild, Hannan.

Education

The actor attended Vilas Grammar School and graduated from El Paso High School in 1958. He went to the Texas Western College (later named the University of Texas).

Abraham studied acting under the tutelage of Uta Hagen at HB Studio.

Career

He made his screen debut as an usher in the comedy They Might be Giants (1971) and was one of the undercover cops opposite Al Pacino in Serpico (1973).

Abraham was involved with commercials and voiceovers by the mid-1970s. He gained prominence when he played a drug dealer in the gangster movie Scarface (1983).

He portrayed envious composer Antonio Salieri in the award-winning Amadeus (1984), winning an Academy Award for his performance.

The star had less prominent roles over the next decade, playing substantial characters in An Innocent Man (1989), Mighty Aphrodite (1995), and Star Trek: Insurrection (1998).

In the 2010s, he appeared in two acclaimed movies, Inside Llweyn Davis (2013) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). He also voiced the villain in the DreamWorks animated film How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2018).

Abraham played the character of Tony in the 2019 live-action Disney film Lady and the Tramp.

Awards

Obie Award (1984, 2011)

Academy Award (1985)

Golden Globe Award (1985)

LAFCA Award (1985)

Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award (1985)

Albert Schweitzer Award (1985)

Georgia Film Critics Association Award (2015)

Southern Film Critics Association Award (2015)

Central Ohi Film Critics Award (2015)

Detroit Film Critics Society Award (2015)

Quotes

"I'm a highly technical actor; I really do work hard on the work and I do a lot of research and so on."

"British actors have their feel for Shakespeare and we Americans have ours, and I think that we have a lot to learn from each other."

"I believe acting is self-discovery. I really try to find within myself what that character is about. When you're acting, you're not taking on the persona of someone else. You're endowing it with qualities in yourself that reflect what you think that character is. It's quite a difference."

Trivia

Has appeared with Christian Slater in three films; The Name of the Rose (1986), Beyond the Stars (1989), and Mobsters (1991).

First person with Arabian ancestry to receive an Academy Award for Best Actor.

His two younger brothers, Robert Abraham and Jack Abraham, were killed in separate auto accidents.

Movies

They Might Be Giants (1971)

Serpico (1973)

All the President's Men (1976)

Scarface (1983)

Beyond the Stars (1989)

Cadence (1990)

Eye of the Widow (1991)

Sweet Killing (1993)

Last Action Hero (1993)

Children of the Revolution (1996)

Mimic (1997)

Finding Forrester (2000)

Five Moons Square (2003)

The Stone Merchant (2006)

A House Divided (2008)

The Unseen World (2010)

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Isle of Dogs (2018)

Lady and the Tramp (2019)

 

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