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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Happy Birthday, F. Murray Abraham!

posted by on October 24 at 10:44 AM


Let the bells ring and confetti fall, it’s F. MURRAY ABRAHAM’s birthday! Here are some F. Murray Factoids from!

AKA Fahrid Murray Abraham

Born: 24-Oct-1939
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA

Gender: Male
Ethnicity: Middle Eastern

Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Mozart’s antagonist in Amadeus

The name of actor F. Murray Abraham conjures up images of the half-mad composer Antonio Salieri in the film Amadeus (for which he won an Oscar as Best Actor) or the gargoyle-like inquisitor in The Name of the Rose. In his most widely-seen performance, however, Abraham played the talking leaf in TV commercials for Fruit of the Loom.

And here is a special birthday greeting to you, F. Murray Abraham, from all of your Slog friends!

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I got to see him play Roy Cohn in the original production of Angels in America after Ron Leibman left. The guy is brilliant!

Posted by Darrell | October 24, 2006 10:56 AM

I read somewhere, I think the New Yorker (this is obviously a hazy remembrance), that implied Abraham was always in character. Like he rode the subway, with his Oscar in a paper bag he was carrying.

I mean, yeah, I liked Amadeus, but theater people, in my opinion, are weird in 'real' life.

Posted by Bonehead's Girlfriend | October 24, 2006 11:34 AM

For some reason I thought he was dead already.

Posted by Dr Chim Richalds | October 24, 2006 11:51 AM

We're not "weird", BH's GF, just a bit neurotic and occasionally self-obsessed.

And my birthday is in a week. If anyone sends me this video greeting, they will be "Limbaughed" by a horde of laughing school children wielding pointy sticks.

Posted by COMTE | October 24, 2006 12:49 PM

I know Mr. Abraham is a brilliant actor whom we all love. But for me, I didn't "get" him until I saw his stunning performance as the evil scientist in the film Species. The way he tortured that supermodel alien chick was totally engrossing. He really held his own with an all-star cast that included Michael Madsen, Forest Whitaker, and CSI's Marg Helgenberger. It was unfortunate that his character was killed off in the first movie, because I would've loved to see him in Species 2 and Species 3. Happy Birthday to one of our nation's treasures.

Posted by Lark Hawk | October 24, 2006 12:56 PM

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