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Birth date: October 24, 1939
Birth place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Height:5' 10" (1.78 m)
Profession:Actor, Soundtrack
Education:University of Texas at El Paso
Spouse:Kate Hannan

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F. Murray Abraham (born Murray Abraham; October 24, 1939) is an American actor. He became widely known during the 1980s after winning the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Antonio Salieri in Amadeus (1984). He has appeared in many roles, both leading and supporting, in films such as All the President's Men (1976), Scarface (1983), The Name of the Rose (1986), Finding Forrester (2000), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). He is also known for his television and theatre work and is now a regular cast member on the award-winning TV series Homeland. Wikipedia

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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Isle of Dogs 2018 filming voice
Homeland 2012-2017 TV Series Dar Adal
Taxi 22 2016 TV Series Leo
Inside Amy Schumer 2016 TV Series Diplomat
411 2015/I Short Information (voice)
A Little Game 2014 Norman Wallach
Il mistero di Dante 2014 Dante Alter Ego
The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014 Mr. Moustafa
The Good Wife 2011-2014 TV Series Burl Preston
Do No Harm 2013 TV Series Cozar
Ti ho cercata in tutti i necrologi 2013 Braque
Inside Llewyn Davis 2013 Bud Grossman
Elementary 2013 TV Series Daniel Gottlieb
Dead Man Down 2013 Gregor
The Day of the Siege: September Eleven 1683 2012 Marco D'Aviano
Goltzius and the Pelican Company 2012 The Margrave
Blue Bloods 2012 TV Series Leon Goodwin
Beauty and the Beast: A Dark Tale 2012 TV Movie Cyril
The Unseen World 2010 John Henry Newman
Bored to Death 2010 TV Series Professor Richard Hawkes
Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2010 TV Series Dr. Theodore Nichols
Barbarossa 2009 Siniscalco Barozzi
Saving Grace 2009 TV Series Matthew
Perestroika 2009/I Prof. Gross
A House Divided 2008 Grandfather Wahid
Carnera: The Walking Mountain 2008 Leon See
Shark Swarm 2008 TV Movie Professor Bill Girdler
Bloodmonkey 2007 Video Hamilton
Come le formiche 2007 Ruggero
The Final Inquiry 2006 Nathan
And Quiet Flows the Don 2006 TV Series Pantaley
Il mercante di pietre 2006 Shahid
The Bridge of San Luis Rey 2004 Viceroy of Peru
Too Much Romance... It's Time for Stuffed Peppers 2004 Jeffrey
Another Way of Seeing Things 2004 Short Narrator
Dead Lawyers 2004 TV Movie Whitelaw
Pompeii: The Last Day 2003 TV Movie Narrator (English version, voice)
My Father, Rua Alguem 5555 2003 Paul Minsky
Piazza delle cinque lune 2003 Entita'
Ticker 2002 Short Airport Guru
Joshua 2002/I Father Tardone
Thir13en Ghosts 2001 Cyrus Kriticos
I cavalieri che fecero l'impresa 2001 Delfinello da Coverzano
David Proshker 2000 Short Narrator
Un dono semplice 2000 TV Movie
Finding Forrester 2000 Prof. Robert Crawford
The Darkling 2000 TV Movie Bruno Rubin
Excellent Cadavers 1999 TV Movie Tommaso Buscetta
The All New Adventures of Laurel & Hardy in 'For Love or Mummy' 1999 Prof. Henry Covington
Muppets from Space 1999 Noah
Esther 1999 TV Movie Mordecai
Noah's Ark 1999 TV Mini-Series Lot
Star Trek: Insurrection 1998 Ru'afo
Eruption 1997 President Mendoza
Una vacanza all'inferno 1997 Belisario
Color of Justice 1997 TV Movie Jim Sullivan
Mimic 1997 Dr. Gates
Baby Face Nelson 1996 Al Capone
Children of the Revolution 1996 Stalin
Dead Man's Walk 1996 TV Mini-Series Caleb Cobb
Mighty Aphrodite 1995 Leader
Dillinger and Capone 1995 Video Al Capone
Jamila 1994 Older Seit
Nostradamus 1994 Scalinger
Surviving the Game 1994 Wolfe Sr.
L'affaire 1994 Lucien Haslans
Fresh 1994 Chess Hustler (uncredited)
Il caso Dozier 1993 TV Movie Goldstein
Sweet Killing 1993 Zargo
Last Action Hero 1993 John Practice
Journey to the Center of the Earth 1993 TV Movie Professor Harlech
Loaded Weapon 1 1993 Harold Leacher
The First Circle 1992 TV Movie Staline
Through an Open Window 1992 Short Narrator (voice)
Die Zauberflöte 1991/I TV Movie Host (only for TV)
By the Sword 1991 Maximilian 'Max' Suba
Eye of the Widow 1991 Kharoun
Mobsters 1991 Arnold Rothstein
Money 1991 Will Scarlet
Largo Desolato 1990 TV Movie Leopold Nettle
La batalla de los Tres Reyes 1990 Osrain
The Bonfire of the Vanities 1990 D.A. Abe Weiss (uncredited)
The Little Match Girl 1990 TV Movie Narrator (voice)
A Season of Giants 1990 TV Movie Pope Julius II
Cadence 1990 Capt. Ramon Garcia (uncredited)
Galileo Galilei 1989 TV Movie
Performance Pieces 1989 Short
An Innocent Man 1989 Virgil Cane
The Favorite 1989 Abdul Hamid
Beyond the Stars 1989 Dr. Harry Bertram - the Whale Man
Slipstream 1989 Cornelius
I promessi sposi 1989 TV Mini-Series L'Innominato
The Third Solution 1988 Father Carafa
The Name of the Rose 1986 Bernardo Gui
Dream West 1986 TV Mini-Series President Abraham Lincoln
Amadeus 1984 Antonio Salieri
Scarface 1983 Omar Suarez
Marco Polo 1982-1983 TV Mini-Series Jacopo
Madman 1978
The Big Fix 1978 Eppis
Sex and the Married Woman 1977 TV Movie Duke Skaggs
A.E.S. Hudson Street 1977 TV Series Dr. Menzies
The Andros Targets 1977 TV Series Bobby Carr
Kojak 1975-1977 TV Series Eddie Gordon / Solly Nurse
All in the Family 1976 TV Series Clerk
The Ritz 1976 Chris
All the President's Men 1976 Arresting Officer #1
The Sunshine Boys 1975/I Mechanic
The Prisoner of Second Avenue 1975 Taxi Driver
How to Survive a Marriage 1974 TV Series Joshua Browne
Serpico 1973 Detective Partner (uncredited)
Nightside 1973 TV Movie Acky
They Might Be Giants 1971 Clyde

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Children of the Revolution 1996 performer: "I Get a Kick Out of You"
The Big Fix 1978 performer: "We Shall Not Be Moved"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Making of 'Amadeus' 2002 Video documentary thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life 2017 Documentary post-production Himself
Geraldine Page: Stages of a Dream Documentary post-production Himself (rumored)
Access Hollywood Live 2017 TV Series Himself
Black and White Stripes: The Juventus Story 2016 Documentary Narrator (English Version)
The 42nd Annual People's Choice Awards 2016 TV Movie Himself
2015 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2015 TV Movie Himself - Nominated: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
The Broadway.com Show 2014 TV Series Himself
Today 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Made in Hollywood 2013 TV Series Himself
IMDb: What to Watch 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
Nature 2007-2013 TV Series documentary Narrator / Himself
The Presence of Joseph Chaikin 2012 Documentary
Love, Marilyn 2012 Documentary Himself
Milos Forman, un outsider à Hollywood 2012 Documentary Himself
Working in the Theatre 1994-2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Theater Talk 2011 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Earth: Our Home 2010 Documentary Visual Speaker
MindFlux 2010 Documentary Himself
Milos Forman: Co te nezabije... 2009 Documentary Himself
Making of 'The Inquiry' 2007 Video documentary short Himself
Voyage of the Lonely Turtle 2007 Documentary Narrator
Lobo: The Wolf That Changed America 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself - Narrator (USA version)
Operation Lysistrata 2006 Documentary Himself
Nova 2005 TV Series documentary Himself - Narrator
Chaos and Order: Making American Theater 2005 Documentary Himself
Repetition 2005/II Himself
Try to Remember: The Fantasticks 2003 Documentary Himself
Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites 2003 TV Movie documentary voice
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2002 TV Special Himself
The Making of 'Amadeus' 2002 Video documentary Himself - 'Salieri'
Ghost Files: A Haunted Houseful of Poltergeist Profiles 2002 Video documentary short Cyrus Kriticos (Narrator) (voice, uncredited)
Thir13en Ghosts Revealed 2002 Video short documentary Himself - 'Cyrus'
HBO First Look 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
The Directors 1997 TV Series documentary Himself
Einstein Revealed 1996 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
Looking for Richard 1996 Documentary Himself
Nile: River of Gods 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself - Narrator
The Way West 1995 TV Movie documentary Voice
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1994 TV Series Himself
1071 Fifth Avenue: Frank Lloyd Wright & the Guggenheim Museum 1994 TV Movie documentary Frank Lloyd Wright
Last Dance 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself - Reading from the play Angels In America
A Gang for Good 1992 TV Movie documentary Narrator
The Secrets of Dick Smith 1991 TV Short documentary Himself - Discussing Amadeus
Hawaii: Strangers in Paradise 1991 TV Movie Himself - Narrator
F. Murray Abraham 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
American Experience 1988 TV Series documentary Himself / Narrator
La rosa dei nomi 1987 TV Movie documentary Himself
Die Abtei des Verbrechens: Umberto Ecos 'Der Name der Rose' wird verfilmt 1986 TV Movie documentary Himself
On the Wing 1986 Short documentary Narrator (voice)
The 58th Annual Academy Awards 1986 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Herman Melville: Damned in Paradise 1985 Documentary Herman Melville (voice)
The 57th Annual Academy Awards 1985 TV Special documentary Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
And the Oscar Goes To... 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2011 TV Series Antonio Salieri
Le nom de la rose 2004 Video documentary Bernardo Gui (uncredited)
Oscar's Greatest Moments 1992 Video documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Ensemble The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) · Ralph Fiennes
· Mathieu Amalric
· Adrien Brody
· Willem Dafoe
· Jeff Goldblum
· Harvey Keitel
· Jude Law
· Bill Murray
· Edward Norton
· Saoirse Ronan
· Jason Schwartzman
· Léa Seydoux
· Tilda Swinton
· Tom Wilkinson
· Owen Wilson
· Tony Revolori
2015 GFCA Award Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) Best Ensemble The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) · Ralph Fiennes
· Mathieu Amalric
· Adrien Brody
· Willem Dafoe
· Jeff Goldblum
· Harvey Keitel
· Jude Law
· Bill Murray
· Edward Norton
· Saoirse Ronan
· Jason Schwartzman
· Léa Seydoux
· Tilda Swinton
· Tom Wilkinson
· Owen Wilson
· Tony Revolori
2014 DFCS Award Detroit Film Critic Society, US Best Ensemble The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) · Ralph Fiennes
· Mathieu Amalric
· Adrien Brody
· Willem Dafoe
· Jeff Goldblum
· Harvey Keitel
· Jude Law
· Bill Murray
· Edward Norton
· Saoirse Ronan
· Jason Schwartzman
· Léa Seydoux
· Tilda Swinton
· Tom Wilkinson
· Owen Wilson
· Tony Revolori
2014 FFCC Award Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Ensemble The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) · Ralph Fiennes
· Mathieu Amalric
· Adrien Brody
· Willem Dafoe
· Jeff Goldblum
· Harvey Keitel
· Jude Law
· Bill Murray
· Edward Norton
· Saoirse Ronan
· Jason Schwartzman
· Léa Seydoux
· Tilda Swinton
· Tom Wilkinson
· Owen Wilson
· Tony Revolori
2014 SEFCA Award Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Ensemble The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) · Ralph Fiennes
· Mathieu Amalric
· Adrien Brody
· Willem Dafoe
· Jeff Goldblum
· Harvey Keitel
· Jude Law
· Bill Murray
· Edward Norton
· Saoirse Ronan
· Jason Schwartzman
· Léa Seydoux
· Tilda Swinton
· Tom Wilkinson
· Owen Wilson
· Tony Revolori
1985 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Leading Role Amadeus (1984)
1985 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Amadeus (1984)
1984 KCFCC Award Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor Amadeus (1984)
1984 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor Amadeus (1984)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Homeland (2011) · Atheer Adel
· Claire Danes
· Alexander Fehling
· Rupert Friend
· Nina Hoss
· René Ifrah
· Mark Ivanir
· Sebastian Koch
· Miranda Otto
· Mandy Patinkin
· Sarah Sokolovic
2015 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Homeland (2011)
2015 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) · Ralph Fiennes
· Tilda Swinton
· Harvey Keitel
· Adrien Brody
· Mathieu Amalric
· Willem Dafoe
· Jeff Goldblum
· Jude Law
· Bill Murray
· Tony Revolori
· Saoirse Ronan
· Jason Schwartzman
· Léa Seydoux
· Tom Wilkinson
· Owen Wilson
2015 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series Homeland (2011)
2015 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) · Mathieu Amalric
· Adrien Brody
· Willem Dafoe
· Ralph Fiennes
· Jeff Goldblum
· Harvey Keitel
· Jude Law
· Bill Murray
· Edward Norton
· Tony Revolori
· Saoirse Ronan
· Jason Schwartzman
· Léa Seydoux
· Tilda Swinton
· Tom Wilkinson
· Owen Wilson
2014 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Acting The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) · Ralph Fiennes
· Mathieu Amalric
· Adrien Brody
· Willem Dafoe
· Jeff Goldblum
· Harvey Keitel
· Jude Law
· Bill Murray
· Edward Norton
· Saoirse Ronan
· Jason Schwartzman
· Léa Seydoux
· Tilda Swinton
· Tom Wilkinson
· Owen Wilson
· Tony Revolori
2014 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) · Ralph Fiennes
· Mathieu Amalric
· Adrien Brody
· Willem Dafoe
· Jeff Goldblum
· Harvey Keitel
· Jude Law
· Bill Murray
· Edward Norton
· Saoirse Ronan
· Jason Schwartzman
· Léa Seydoux
· Tilda Swinton
· Tom Wilkinson
· Owen Wilson
· Tony Revolori
2014 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Homeland (2011) · Sarita Choudhury
· Claire Danes
· Rupert Friend
· Tracy Letts
· Damian Lewis
· Mandy Patinkin
· Morgan Saylor
2014 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) · Ralph Fiennes
· Mathieu Amalric
· Adrien Brody
· Willem Dafoe
· Jeff Goldblum
· Harvey Keitel
· Jude Law
· Bill Murray
· Edward Norton
· Saoirse Ronan
· Jason Schwartzman
· Léa Seydoux
· Tilda Swinton
· Tom Wilkinson
· Owen Wilson
· Tony Revolori
1986 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Actor Amadeus (1984)


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#Fact
1 He continues teaching drama classes at Brooklyn College in New York City.
2 Has two children with his wife Kate Hannah: Mick and Jamili Abraham.
3 Had two brothers: Robert and Jack Abraham, who were killed in separate automobile accidents.
4 Received an honorary degree from Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey (1990).
5 Auditioned for the role of Charlie in An Unmarried Woman (1978), but Paul Mazursky found that Cliff Gorman more closely resembled the director's New York artist friends.
6 As of 2015, has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: All the President's Men (1976), Amadeus (1984) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).
7 He was the on-the-scene hero of a real-life crime scene at the Classic Stage Company in New York City, when he traded blows with a thief in the dressing room area during a public rehearsal. [January 2010]
8 Learned to play the piano and to conduct for his role of Antonio Salieri in Amadeus (1984).
9 His first major success as an actor was as Antonio Salieri in Amadeus (1984) at age 45.
10 Has appeared with Sean Connery twice as his nemesis: Bernardo Gui in The Name of the Rose (1986), and Professor Robert Crawford in Finding Forrester (2000).
11 Has appeared with Christian Slater in three films: The Name of the Rose (1986), Beyond the Stars (1989) and Mobsters (1991).
12 One of his first plays in Los Angeles was a dramatization of a work by Ray Bradbury: "The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit". He and Bradbury remained friends until Bradbury's death.
13 Has filmed Scarface (1983) in Los Angeles at the same time as Amadeus (1984) in Prague, necessitating four round trip flights between the two.
14 After his Academy Award for Amadeus (1984), he turned down roles in films such as Clue (1985) and Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986).
15 Studied drama under the tutelage of Uta Hagen at HB Studio in Greenwich Village, New York City for a year in the early 1960s.
16 Attended and graduated from El Paso High School in El Paso, Texas (1958).
17 Early in his career, he was one of the "Fruit of the Loom guys" (men dressed up as fruits) in the underwear commercials.
18 During a ceremony in Rome, he was awarded the "Premio per gli Italiani nel Mondo". This is a prize distributed by the Marzio Tremaglia foundation and the Italian government to Italian emigrants and their descendants who have distinguished themselves abroad. [July 2004]
19 He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and brought up in El Paso, Texas. His father, Frederick Abraham, who was born in Pennsylvania, was from an Assyrian Christian (Antiochian) family, from Syria. His mother, Josephine (Stello) Abraham, was also born in Pennsylvania, to Italian parents.
20 Attended the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Texas at Austin.

#Quote
1 Brando was a great influence. He's a genius. He was probably the only authentic genius actor I ever knew, I ever saw. Absolutely. He was an inspiration. He remains an inspiration. I think Sean Penn's performances generally are inspired. I think he's brilliant. But before that there was Garbo. People don't give her credit. She was an intellect. She was a smart, great actress. But there are many. I mean, James Dean had a couple of wonderful performances that affected me.... There were some great actors in the silent movies - a wonderful actor in Nosferatu (1922). I worked with Meryl Streep. We did a reading; we played husband and wife. Have you ever seen her on stage? She's extraordinary - a real, genuine force of nature.
2 [on Amadeus (1984)] Milos (Forman) said, "You're my first choice." From my point of view, that doesn't pay the rent. I said, "Tell me what I have to do next because I'm busy painting my kitchen.".
3 [on The Name of the Rose (1986)] There is one confrontation scene toward the end of the picture. In the middle of the scene, I thought, "That's Sean Connery!" I don't know how else to describe Sean Connery. I still feel that way.
4 I trust that the president will try, just give it one more shot, some revolutionary way of not doing this, of bringing all those kids back home safely.
5 If these men decided that they have to go in there and fight, I want them to send their own children and grandchildren. I want them to not send a bunch of strangers' kids in there to fight and die.
6 With Connery, he does act. He is in complete command. He completely trusts the person first, then the instrument. I've worked with his son also, on a picture in Russia (Jamila (1994)).
7 [on Amadeus (1984)] Whenever there were parties, I wasn't invited because I began to be like that character. In a way, that contributed to the success of the performance.
8 I'm just having a wonderful time. It's an interesting thing that I'm very comfortable with this material and I don't know why. Maybe it's because I did Macbeth.
9 There are certain men and women who, from the minute they step in front of a camera, that's exactly where they belong. Connery's one.
10 I really like to experiment. That's the only way I can work. It's instinctive.
11 Woody Allen sets are very quiet. Extraordinary sense of power from a man who doesn't do anything except just stand there.
12 I'd like President Bush to get a gun in his hands. I'll go with him. I can't think of anything better than to die in places just beginning their lives.
13 All the stuff that you visualized that was going to work so beautifully, you discover is trashed, so you jump to something else.
14 I don't want to talk in terms of miracles. I think this is a very serious situation. But I do want to talk in terms of Bush becoming a man of the hour, and I think this is way to do it.
15 I have two brothers buried in the military cemetery in Texas. I don't want to see any more of that.
16 Arnold Schwarzenegger, I don't know if you'd call him a great actor, but he's amazing in terms of his presence, and he is interesting enough that you want to watch him.
17 I love parties. I love a good time.
18 [on getting the role of Salieri in Amadeus (1984)] Suddenly, I was the man who got the part that every actor in the English language was trying to get. I was really scared! I had talked the talk, and now I had to walk the walk. For three days, I couldn't answer the phone.
19 [on Amadeus (1984)] With Dick Smith there, and the words of Peter Shaffer... they've got to be the most beautiful descriptions in music ever written on film or in literature. And we could hear the music accompanying the words... What more can you ask for?
20 I'm not going to just say nice things about everybody unless I mean it.
21 People desire power. I don't know why they want it so. It seems to me it implies a hugely superior intellect which separates them from most of the populace.
22 I'd like President Bush to think maybe there's another way to think, that maybe Kissinger was wrong when he says we had to go in there because he was wrong about Vietnam.
23 The idea that you can make love and not war really is pretty neat. That thing in Korea, the thing in Israel - that's all over the world. There must be a new way of thinking.
24 I think creativity is spiritual. I absolutely believe that.
25 Once I looked into a mirror at my face, I felt like it was completely convincing. I was Salieri.
26 As much preparation as I had made for the old man Salieri, gestures and so on, the fact is after sitting for hours, your movements are kind of slow.
27 I just throw it out and see what happens. If it sounds and feels right, then I continue.
28 [on working with Wes Anderson on The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)] It's been a real nice run for me working with people I love. You know the book "The Little Prince"? Wes Anderson is the Little Prince grown up. I swear! Life is full of fortune and mine was very good when I met him. He's probably one of the best I ever worked with. The thing he shares with the Coen brothers, for example, is that the set is comfortable. There's one boss - with the Coen brothers it's two guys with one mind. But everyone on the set is aware that the buck stops there. He knows what he wants and how he's gonna get it, and you completely trust him, and it's a very comfortable situation because you know finally, also, that you trust that it's going to be good. And that's not common. In a case like working for this guy, if it doesn't work out, it's still been a remarkable film experience. He basically has the same crew around him, which is what the Coen brothers do, and he has people that trust him and like him that give him what he wants and they know what his eye is looking for. So you're accepted into the family - it is a family feeling. One of the elements that distinguishes a good director as far as I'm concerned is few words. And what that indicates is they know what they want, otherwise it gets too verbose and you kind of lose your way in the verbiage and the talk. It becomes more about the director than finding the truth in the character or the scene. Wes is just very quiet and very simple, and he knows so clearly what he wants that you tend to just simply trust him.
29 [on working with director Louis Nero on Il mistero di Dante (2014)] It's probably one of the most important films I've made - a very little film but very important, and Nero is responsible for it. I think this man Nero's one of the most important filmmakers in Italy today. He's a very smart man and we based a lot of what we did on some of the classic mystics in history. There are still important filmmakers, very independent, like Nero - not enough of them - but I think they're coming up.
30 If you accept the kind of amazing fortune that brought me a part like Salieri, then you have to accept everything that goes with it. If afterwards you're not given parts of that stature, of that magnitude, of that importance, you can't grouse about it, you have to accept it.
31 [on Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)] It was just a treat. That's one of the best sets in Hollywood. They're terrific people; just so welcoming. It's a four and a half hour makeup, and they were just always looking after your comfort, helping and good food. The director Jonathan Frakes is from the theater - he's a musical comedy actor - he's a very good baritone singer, and he really likes to have a good time on the set, keeps things bouncing along - he's got amazing energy. And every once in a while he'd just burst into song - we used to do duets from Oklahoma! I had a great time on that. I wish it had been more successful. I really do.
32 [2013, on Homeland (2011)] It's such a good show. When you have good material, it makes it a lot easier. That one, and The Good Wife (2009), I appear on at least once a season. It's a treat because the material is so good. When you have that, then, what is that, 80%? Just learn the lines and do it.
33 [on Bloodmonkey (2007)] That was a payday. But it also meant going to a part of the world that I'd never been to. I wanted to see Thailand. So I went. And I had a good time.
34 [on Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)] I was very disappointed that it was overlooked (at the Oscars). I mean, you've got to at least give a nod to the music. It's a terrific movie, but whatever quibbles you have with it, what about the music? How can you not acknowledge that?
35 I have advice for people who win Academy Awards. If your agent doesn't come up with a really good offer within six months of having a nomination, you have to change your agent. No matter how loyal you feel. Because if you can't get a really good job, a big job, out of that, there's something wrong. Don't let that sense of loyalty get in the way of your career, unless it means a lot to you to simply stay loyal.
36 [on post-Oscar typecasting] Right away, I got an offer to do someone who murders children and I thought, "This is what Salieri means to them?". I couldn't believe the money I was being offered, but I put the script away after 10 pages.
37 [2014] There's a resilience that you begin to miss as an older person. You don't bounce back as easy. It's that same thing you hear from so many people. You begin to lose friends - people in your life are disappearing - and, of course, that affects you. You begin to realise, "Is it possible? Am I really going to die?". In a way, it makes you more aggressive, at least that's how I feel. I feel more aggressive about accomplishing things.
38 I am afraid of nothing on stage. I will try anything. As a matter of fact, I embrace the danger.
39 [on the Oscars] It's terrific fun. It's thrilling, in fact. For one thing, you get to meet all these amazing people in one place. You go to the bathroom and you're peeing next to Gregory Peck. How often does that happen?
40 [on The Name of the Rose (1986)] It was an opportunity to play someone who was really evil without any charm. It's very difficult not to be charming, especially for an actor. That charm indicates being liked by people and I wanted this man, Bernardo Gui, to be absolutely charmless. Many actors will wink at the audience as if to say, "I'm not really like that." I decided not to go for any sympathy from the audience.
41 [on Scarface (1983)] The idea that Tony Montana is worshipped is extraordinary, and there's one reason for it - Al Pacino's extraordinary charisma. Because how else do you explain it? There's nothing redeeming about this guy. He's a bum, a killer, a soulless devil. He's an unheroic Macbeth. A humourless Iago. He's the darkest of us all.
42 [his advice for young actors] Don't be afraid. That's my motto. I have to tell it to myself all the time. Go with your instincts. Do what your heart tells you - but do it with a strong support of technique. Don't just be flying around in your mind, letting anything happen. You've got to have a solid technique for those nights when you just don't feel up to it. And there are many nights like that. Also, you really have to read. You have to be aware of what's going on and you have to be aware of the classics. You have to, because there's a reason they're classics.
43 I believe acting is self-discovery. I really try to find within myself what that character is about. When you're acting, you're not taking on the persona of someone else - you're endowing it with qualities in yourself that reflect what you think that character is. It's quite a difference. You can't invent something that does not exist within your imagination. It's got to be something that's conceivable. Not that you know everything about yourself, but to discover those things about yourself, ugly as they may be - now that's the danger. If you're going to play someone who is envious, if you're going to play someone who is looking for revenge, you really must examine that in yourself. And sometimes you'll find areas of yourself that are just not very pretty. If you're going to do Medea, you have got to investigate within yourself the possibility of killing your children - I mean the absolute, actual reality of that. How many actresses are willing to do that? Because it's a dangerous, dark place. A couple of years ago, a woman killed her two children for love of a man. That's Medea. I mean, she did it: she locked them in the car and put them in the lake. So we know it's possible, and this woman is not a huge character. She's a housewife, a person like so many Americans, and if she's capable of doing that, then anyone who calls herself an actress is capable of it, and that's got to be examined. The problem is the danger you feel about not ever coming back from that dark place, but that's what separates the great ones from the good ones.
44 [on Thir13en Ghosts (2001)] I had a good time on that one. We almost froze to death doing it but it pays a lot of bills. No apologies. I had a good time.
45 [on Finding Forrester (2000)] When we wrapped that film, I broke down - I started to weep. I didn't want to leave. I thought, "This is the way movies should be made all the time." I absolutely trust Gus Van Sant, his instinct for the truth. It was a pleasure.
46 [on working with Woody Allen on Mighty Aphrodite (1995)] He's a man of enormous concentration and he really exerts his influence with his amazing brain. He stands stock-still, very quiet, and people stand around him in circles and groups, waiting for whatever he says to do - these great big men, these tough men - they're all just waiting, and it's a very quiet set. And he says this, and it gets done. He doesn't like to start work too early and he doesn't like to work too late. And he makes two films a year. Don't tell me it can't be done - I was there! And it's a treat.
47 [on Last Action Hero (1993)] It was a wonderful script and Schwarzenegger was a treat to work with. I don't know what I expected because of his politics but he's a real pro. I think it was an underrated film and John McTiernan's a good guy.
48 [on building a character] It's always the same. The truth - it's always got to be the truth. And there's only one truth you can ever rely on, and that's your instinct and your idea of the truth. Not on somebody else's but your own, within the context of the script - you are in their world. There are some actors now, quite famous, who are applauded for their work, and in fact they're acting quite alone. They could be doing that performance in an empty room and it would be exactly the same. I don't believe in that. I believe in working with the actors.
49 [on Amadeus (1984)] Getting the part was just luck, good fortune. I think every actor in the world wanted that part. You name a famous actor from the day, and they wanted that role and they were guaranteed box office. Fortunately for me, Milos (Forman) had something else in mind - thank God! It turns out it was me and Tom Hulce. I don't know if he knew exactly what he had in mind until he came across the actor he thought seemed to have fit. That's takes a lot of courage; because the film was bankrolled by one producer, all his own money. It was written by a Brit for a Brit. It was like they were going through the motions - they had to see some American actors. And I was nobody! It was a very long shot. It was out of the question and I just did my best. I gave obviously a good audition for him on camera and then just dismissed it. I really did.
50 [on shooting Scarface (1983) and Amadeus (1984) simultaneously] While I was working on Scarface, I was told that I got the role of Salieri. I had to fly back and forth from Prague to Hollywood to shoot the two films at the same time. It's not as hard as you think. They're so different - if they were close, it would have been difficult. One was kind of a vacation from the other. The material was very good in both films, so I could just study on the plane when I was going to Hollywood and then I'd study the other script on the way back to Prague. I think I travelled four times back and forth. It was funny. If you look carefully, you will see a couple of the same gestures from those two films, but you have to look carefully.
51 As soon as I stepped on the stage, I knew exactly where I belonged for the rest of my life. I knew immediately - a revelation. I don't know how it happens. I think it was the hand of God. I'm grateful. But you've got to have the courage to follow those revelations.
52 British actors have their feel for Shakespeare and we Americans have ours, and I think that we have a lot to learn from each other.
53 I'm a highly technical actor; I really do work hard on the work and I do a lot of research and so on. But I'm an instinctive actor; I'm absolutely instinctual and I really allow it to carry me wherever it's going to go, even during a performance - I just let it take me. It's a pretty exciting ride - doesn't always work - but when it does it's thrilling. It's thrilling to see an actor who's willing to take these chances - it inspires other people to do the same. But to commit yourself to it is a little dangerous, and fun - that's why I do it.
54 You keep getting offered the same role you got the Oscar for. Every time you complain, they don't change the script; they just offer you more money. For the first 15 years of my career, I was only doing comedy - all comedy - and as soon as Salieri happened, I was offered all sinister villains.
55 [announcing Geraldine Page as the winner of the Best Actress Oscar, 1986] I consider this woman the greatest actress in the English language.
56 [accepting his Best Actor Oscar, 1985] It would be a lie if I told you I didn't know what to say, because I've been working on this speech for about twenty-five years. But you're not going to hear any of those speeches, because none of the speeches were less than forty-five seconds. You know, it's easy to gamble everything when you've got nothing to lose, and Milos Forman had a great deal to lose when he gave these brilliant roles to Tom Hulce and me, and his courage became my inspiration. There's only one thing that's missing for me tonight, and that's to have Tom Hulce standing by my side.
57 The difficulty is capturing surprise on film.
58 [on the so-called "Oscar jinx"] The Oscar is the single most important event of my career. I have dined with kings, shared equal billing with my idols, lectured at Harvard and Columbia. If this is a jinx, I'll take two. Even though I won the Oscar, I can still take the subway in New York, and nobody recognizes me. Some actors might find that disconcerting, but I find it refreshing.
59 [from the Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) Special Collector's Edition DVD] If I could do only Star Trek movies for the rest of my career, I would. That's how strongly I feel about this organization. I do not say that lightly.

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1 Often plays refined, sinister villains
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