Ten fun facts about F. Murray Abraham

Fact 1
His full birth name was Murray Abraham. His mother was the daughter of an Italian immigrant and his father was a Syrian immigrant. Murray latter added the F. to his name in honor of his father, whose name was Frederick Abraham.

Fact 2
F. Murray Abraham graduated from the University of Texas.

Fact 3
In 2004 F. Murray Abraham was presented with the “Premio per gli Italiani nel Mondo\" award. This is an Italian reward that is granted to Italian emigrants who have been successful abroad. He has considered this award to be one of the greatest honors of his life.

Fact 4
Before being discovered and achieving fame in major acting roles Frederick Murray Abraham served as one of the fruits in the “Fruit of the Loom” underwear campaign.

Fact 5
After graduating from college, he attended HB Studios in New York City. This is where he studied drama.

Fact 6
In 1984 Frederick Murray Abraham won the Best Actor Award for his performance in the film “Amadeus”. He has said that this was the most difficult role for him to perform.

Fact 7
In the 80’s he was offered lead roles in the films “Clue” and “Poltergeist II: The Other Side”. He turned down both roles.

Fact 8
Frederick Murray Abraham was personal friends with author Ray Bradbury up until his death. His first play he appeared in while in New York was based on a work of Bradbury’s.

Fact 9
In 2010, F. Murray Abraham was hailed as a hero in real life after he fought off a thief who entered the dressing room during a live rehearsal at the Classic Stage Company in New York.

Fact 10
He has made guest appearances in two popular television shows “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “Saving Grace”.

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Short about F. Murray Abraham
Is a Pittsburgh born film and television actor best known for his role as Antonio Salieri in the movie Amadeus.