“The Merchant of Venice” with F. Murray Abraham

Profile: F. Murray Abraham

“Merchant of Venice” with F. Murray Abraham. (Credit: Rory Mulvey)

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 L.A. 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 Sant’s Finding Forrester, both with Sean Connery; Brian De Palma’s Scarface and The Bonfire Of The Vanities; The Ritz; Star Trek: Insurrection; The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson) and Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen), and the upcoming Robin Hood and How To Train Your Dragon 3.

Mr. Abraham’s television appearances have included Zanuck Productions’ Dead Lawyers, Noah’s Ark, Dead Man’s Walk, Largo Desolato, A Season Of Giants, Excellent Cadavers, Quiet Flows The Don, The Betrothed, Journey To The Center Of The Earth, Marco Polo, The Good Wife, The Good Fight, 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 Merchant of Venice, 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 Mt. Morgan, Waiting For Godot, The Caretaker, The Ritz, Sexual Perversity In Chicago, Duck Variations, A Life In The Theatre, Paper Doll, The Threepenny Opera, The Mentor, and in Terrence McNally’s It’s Only A Play, for 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.