Played by F. Murray Abraham
Award winning actor F. Murray Abraham has also established a reputation for his powerful and sensitive work in the genre of spoken word with music. He has performed under the batons of some of the greatest conductors in America and Europe and made his New York Philharmonic debut in May 2005 as the Narrator in Stravinsky's L'HISTOIRE DU SOLDAT. He returned in June 2006 to narrate Copland's LINCOLN PORTRAIT, and again in December 2007 for a presentation of INSIDE THE MUSIC with Gerard McBurney, featuring Shostakovich Symphony No. 4. In June 2007, Mr. Abraham appeared in the Detroit Symphony's performances of L'HISTOIRE DU SOLDAT. He has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas, and performed Stravinsky's OEDIPUS REX at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and James Levine. In May 2008, he performed the GENESIS SUITE with the Seattle Symphony and Gerard Schwartz. In October, 2012, Mr. Abraham returned to his native Pittsburgh, reading letters from Mozart to his father in the Pittsburgh Symphony's dramatic presentation of Mozart's REQUIEM, led by Manfred Honeck. He also made his solo singing debut with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra at the Prague Proms in Steven Mercurio's A GRATEFUL TAIL. As part of this program, Mr. Abraham sang "The Last Will and Testament of Silverdene Emblem O'Neill," Eugene O'Neill's moving tribute to his beloved dog.
Mr. Abraham has appeared in more than 80 films, including AMADEUS, for which he received the Academy Award for Best Actor, as well as Golden Globe and LA Film Critics Awards. His other films include Lina Wertmüller's HOUSE OF GERANIUMS (with Sophia Loren); THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY (with Robert De Niro); WHERE LOVE BEGINS (with Virna Lisi); THE NAME OF THE ROSE and Gus van Zant's FINDING FORRESTER, both with Sean Connery; Brian De Palma's SCARFACE and BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES, THE RITZ, and STAR TREK: INSURRECTION, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (Wes Anderson) and INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (Joel and Ethan Coen).
Mr. Abraham's television appearances have included Zanuck Productions' DEAD LAWYERS, NOAH'S ARK, DEAD MAN'S WALK, LARGO DESOLATO, SEASON OF GIANTS, EXCELLENT CADAVERS, QUIET FLOWS THE DON, THE BETROTHED, JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, and MARCO POLO, THE GOOD WIFE, LOUIE (LOUIE C.K.) and the hit series HOMELAND.
A veteran of the theater stage, F. Murray Abraham has appeared in more than 90 plays, among them Chekhov's UNCLE VANYA (for which he received an Obie Award), TRUMBO, STANDUP SHAKESPEARE, the Italian tour of NOTTURNO PIRANDELLIANO (with Michele Placido), Susan Stroman's A CHRISTMAS CAROL, the musical TRIUMPH OF LOVE (alongside Betty Buckley), A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY, the title role in CYRANO DE BERGERAC, THE SEAGULL, OEDIPUS REX, CREON, ANGELS IN AMERICA (both MILLENNIUM APPROACHES and PERESTROIKA) THE RIDE DOWN WITH MT. MORGAN, WAITING FOR GODOT, THE CARETAKER, THE RITZ, SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN CHICAGO, DUCK VARIATIONS, A LIFE IN THE THEATER, PAPER DOLL, and THREE PENNY OPERA. Most recently, he appeared in Terrence McNally's IT'S ONLY A PLAY, which he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. He made his LA debut in Ray Bradbury's THE WONDERFUL ICE CREAM SUIT and his NY debut as a Macy's Santa Claus, soon thereafter to Broadway in THE MAN IN THE GLASS BOOTH, directed by Harold Pinter.
In 2005, Mr. Abraham penned A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM: ACTORS ON SHAKESPEARE, a commentary chronicling his experience playing the character of Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream on stage.
In January of 2013, Mr. Abraham was honored with The Moscow Art Theatre Award, also received by the distinguished director Peter Brook.
Mr. Abraham lives in New York and is a proud grandfather.
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