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F. Murray Abraham

Highest Rated:   95% Amadeus (1984)
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Birthplace:   Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Of Italian/Syrian heritage, Pittsburgh native F. Murray Abraham attended the University of Texas, then studied acting under Uta Hagen in New York. The peripatetic Abraham made his stage debut in a Los Angeles production of Ray Bradbury's The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, and, shortly before reaching the age of 29, made his New York bow in The Fantasticks. An archetypal example of the "working actor," Abraham managed for more than ten years to make a good living at his craft without ever truly achieving fame. Appearing on television in everything from All in the Family to Kojak, he was seen on several commercials, including a now-famous spot for Fruit of the Loom underwear. His big-screen roles include 1975's The Sunshine Boys (a garage mechanic); 1976's All the President's Men (one of the arresting officers at the Watergate Hotel); 1976's The Ritz (a gay bathhouse patron); and 1978's The Big Fix (a fugitive '60s activist). Abraham's "overnight" stardom came about in 1984, when he was cast as the covetous Antonio Salieri in Amadeus, and his brilliant, bravura performance won him an Oscar. Abraham remained busy throughout the 1980s and '90s, appearing in such efforts as The Name of the Rose (1986), in which he played a 14th century monk deliberately made up to look like a "living gargoyle," and the otherwise awful Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), in an uncredited, albeit pivotal, role of a prosecuting attorney. One of the most versatile actors in the business, Abraham has nonetheless never quite escaped the long shadow cast by his unforgettable portrayal of Salieri. Indeed, in Arnold Schwarzenegger's genre spoof The Last Action Hero, Abraham was pinpointed as the mystery murderer because he looked just like "the guy that killed Mozart." Once again hamming it up in that same year's National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1, Abraham frequently alternated big-budget Hollywood fare and more low-key, performance driven dramas and comedies through the remainder of the decade. While appearances in such films as Mimic (1997) and Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) kept Abraham a familiar face to a new generation of moviegoers, roles in such small screen efforts as Dead Man's Walk (1996) and the following year's The Color of Justice allowed him a venue to display his true skills. In 1995 Abraham portrayed famed gangster Al Capone in not one but two films; Dillinger and Capone and Baby Face Nelson. Heading into the new millennium with roles in Finding Forrester and 13 Ghosts, Abraham appeared alongside an impressive cast in The Bridge of San Luis Rey. Later schlocking it up in the nature run amuck flicks Blood Monkey and Shark Swarm, the longtime actor subsequently proved he was still as versatile as ever while gravitating toward television with roles on such popular shows as Bored to Death, Louie, and The Good Wife, as well as the made-for-TV fantasy Beauty and the Beast.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
40% A Little Game
  • Norman Wallach
2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Mr. Moustafa
$57.0M 2014
75% Goltzius And The Pelican Company
  • The Margrave
2014
94% Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Bud Grossman
$9.7M 2013
38% Dead Man Down
  • Gregor
$10.9M 2013
No Score Yet Ti ho cercata in tutti i necrologi (The Gambler Who Wouldn't Die)
  • Braque
2013
No Score Yet 11 settembre 1683 (The Day of the Siege: September Eleven 1683)
  • Marco D'Aviano
2012
No Score Yet Nature
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Nature
  • Narrator
2010
No Score Yet Nature
  • Narrator
2010
No Score Yet Nature: Wild Balkans
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Nature
  • Narrator
2009
No Score Yet Nature
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Nature
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Nature: Endangered Animals
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Nature
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Nature
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Nature
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Sword of War (Barbarossa)
  • Siniscalco Barozzi
2009
No Score Yet Carnera: The Walking Mountain
  • Léon Sée
2008
No Score Yet BloodMonkey (Blood Monkey)
  • Professor Hamilton
2008
No Score Yet Nature
  • Narrator
2008
No Score Yet Nature
  • Narrator
2008
No Score Yet A House Divided
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Prince of the Alps
  • Narrator
2008
No Score Yet Shark Swarm
  • Bill Girdler
2008
No Score Yet Nature: What Females Want... and Males Will Do
  • Narrator
2008
No Score Yet Nature
  • Narrator
2008
No Score Yet The Final Inquiry
  • Nathan
2007
No Score Yet Dogs That Changed the World
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Wine and Kisses
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Il Mercante di pietre (The Stone Merchant)
  • Shahid
2006
No Score Yet Operation Lysistrata
  • Actor
2006
78% They Might Be Giants
  • Usher
2006
No Score Yet The Great San Francisco Earthquake
  • Actor
2006
4% The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Viceroy of Peru
2005
No Score Yet NOVA
  • Narrator
2005
No Score Yet Peperoni ripieni e pesci in faccia (Too Much Romance... It's Time for Stuffed Peppers)
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The Fantasticks: Try to Remember
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Five Moons Plaza (Piazza delle Cinque Lunes)
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Ticker
  • Actor
2002
22% Joshua
  • Father Tardone
2002
14% Thirteen Ghosts (13 Ghosts)
  • Cyrus Kriticos
$41.7M 2001
74% Finding Forrester
  • Professor Robert Crawford
$51.4M 2000
No Score Yet The Darkling
  • Bruno Rubin
2000
No Score Yet National Geographic
  • Actor
2000
63% Excellent Cadavers
  • Tommaso Buscetta
1999
No Score Yet All New Adventures of Laurel & Hardy: For Love or Mummy
  • Prof. Covington
1999
No Score Yet Noah's Ark
  • Lot
1999
63% Muppets From Space
  • Noah
1999
No Score Yet Esther
  • Mordecai
1999
55% Star Trek: Insurrection
  • Ru'afo
1998
No Score Yet Eruption
  • President Mendoza
1998
61% Mimic
  • Dr. Gates
1997
80% Children of the Revolution
  • Joseph Stalin
1997
No Score Yet Color of Justice
  • Jim Sullivan
1997
No Score Yet Larry McMurtry's 'Dead Man's Walk'
  • Caleb Cobb
1996
77% Mighty Aphrodite
  • Greek Chorus Leader
1995
No Score Yet Baby Face Nelson
  • Al Capone
1995
No Score Yet Dillinger and Capone
  • Al Capone
1995
No Score Yet Nile: River of Gods
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet By the Sword
  • Suba
1994
27% Surviving the Game
  • Wolfe Sr.
1994
89% Fresh
  • Chess Hustler (uncredited)
1994
No Score Yet Jamila
  • Older Seit
1994
43% Nostradamus
  • Scalinger
1993
37% Last Action Hero
  • John Practice
1993
No Score Yet Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Professor Harlech
1993
15% National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1
  • Harold Leacher
1993
No Score Yet Sweet Killing
  • Zargo
1993
No Score Yet The First Circle
  • Actor
1992
6% Mobsters
  • Arnold Rothstein
1991
No Score Yet Money
  • Will Scarlet
1991
No Score Yet The Secrets of Dick Smith
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet National Geographic
  • Host
1991
16% The Bonfire of the Vanities
  • Abraham Weiss
1990
No Score Yet Little Match Girl
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Battle of the Three Kings, The
  • Osrain
1990
No Score Yet Russicum
  • Father Carafa
1989
38% An Innocent Man
  • Virgil Caine
1989
No Score Yet Intimate Power
  • Abdul Hamid
1989
42% Cadence
  • Garcia
1989
No Score Yet Beyond the Stars
  • Doctor Harry Bertram
1989
20% Slipstream
  • Cornelius
1989
74% The Name of the Rose (Der Name der Rose)
  • Bernardo Gui
1986
95% Amadeus
  • Antonio Salieri
1984
No Score Yet Amadeus: Directors Cut
  • Actor
1984
82% Scarface
  • Omar
$0.7M 1983
No Score Yet Madman
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet The Big Fix
  • Eppis
1978
93% All the President's Men
  • 1st Arresting Officer
1976
50% The Ritz
  • Chris
1976
81% The Sunshine Boys
  • Mechanic
1975
No Score Yet The Prisoner of Second Avenue
  • Actor
1975
90% Serpico
  • Detective Partner
1973

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
88% Homeland
2011
  • Dar Adal
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Nature
1982
  • Voice
  • Producer
  • Narrator
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 1984
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
98% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Preston Burl Preston
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2011
95% Elementary
2012
  • The Actuary
  • 2013
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
2010
  • Leon Goodwin
  • 2012
93% Louie
2010-2015
  • Uncle Excelsior John
  • 2012
  • 2011
71% Bored to Death
2009-2011
  • Professor
  • 2010
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Dr. Nichols
  • 2010
83% Saving Grace
2007-2010
  • Matthew
  • 2009
No Score Yet NOVA
1974
  • Voice
  • 2005
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Voice
  • 1988
No Score Yet Elementary
  • The Actuary

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