F. Murray Abraham

Highest Rated: 100% The Big Fix (1978)
Birthday: Oct 24, 1939
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

CREDIT
96% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Grimmel 2019
90% Isle of Dogs Jupiter 2018
No Score Yet Ilha dos cachorros Jupiter 2018
No Score Yet Black and White Stripes: The Juventus Story Narrator / English 2018
88% Every Act of Life Actor 2017
40% A Little Game Norman Wallach 2014
91% The Grand Budapest Hotel Mr. Moustafa 2014
75% Goltzius And The Pelican Company The Margrave 2014
93% Inside Llewyn Davis Bud Grossman 2013
38% Dead Man Down Gregor 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 Shark Swarm Bill Girdler 2008
No Score Yet Prince of the Alps Narrator 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 Come le formiche Actor 2007
No Score Yet Il Mercante di pietre (The Stone Merchant) Shahid 2006
No Score Yet Operation Lysistrata Actor 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
15% Thirteen Ghosts (13 Ghosts) Cyrus Kriticos 2001
74% Finding Forrester Professor Robert Crawford 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
25% Surviving the Game Wolfe Sr. 1994
87% Fresh Chess Hustler (uncredited) 1994
No Score Yet Jamila Older Seit 1994
38% Nostradamus Scalinger 1993
36% 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
33% Slipstream Cornelius 1989
74% The Name of the Rose (Der Name der Rose) Bernardo Gui 1986
94% Amadeus Antonio Salieri 1984
No Score Yet Amadeus: Directors Cut Actor 1984
81% Scarface Omar 1983
No Score Yet Madman Actor 1979
100% The Big Fix Eppis 1978
93% All the President's Men 1st Arresting Officer 1976
50% The Ritz Chris 1976
77% The Sunshine Boys Mechanic 1975
No Score Yet The Prisoner of Second Avenue Actor 1975
90% Serpico Detective Partner 1973
70% They Might Be Giants Usher 1971

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Nature
1982
Voice Narrator Producer
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 1984
No Score Yet Shakespeare Uncovered
2013-2018
Host
  • 2018
85% Homeland
2011
Dar Adal
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
92% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2017
F. Murray Abraham
  • 2017
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000-2017
F. Murray Abraham
  • 2017
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2014
96% The Good Wife
2009-2016
Preston Burl Preston
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2011
97% Elementary
2012-2018
The Actuary
  • 2013
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
2010
Leon Goodwin
  • 2012
  • 2011
94% Louie
2010-2015
Uncle Excelsior John
  • 2012
  • 2011
79% Bored to Death
2009-2011
Professor
  • 2010
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
Dr. Nichols
  • 2010
73% Saving Grace
2007-2010
Matthew
  • 2009
No Score Yet NOVA
1974
Voice
  • 2005
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
Voice Narrator
  • 1988
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
Gordon Willie Nero
  • 1977
  • 1975
  • 1974
No Score Yet All in the Family
1971-1979
Clerk
  • 1976
No Score Yet Elementary
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