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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 Dogs2018filming voice
Homeland2012-2017TV SeriesDar Adal
Taxi 222016TV SeriesLeo
Inside Amy Schumer2016TV SeriesDiplomat
4112015/IShortInformation (voice)
A Little Game2014Norman Wallach
Il mistero di Dante2014Dante Alter Ego
The Grand Budapest Hotel2014Mr. Moustafa
The Good Wife2011-2014TV SeriesBurl Preston
Do No Harm2013TV SeriesCozar
Ti ho cercata in tutti i necrologi2013Braque
Inside Llewyn Davis2013Bud Grossman
Elementary2013TV SeriesDaniel Gottlieb
Dead Man Down2013Gregor
The Day of the Siege: September Eleven 16832012Marco D'Aviano
Goltzius and the Pelican Company2012The Margrave
Blue Bloods2012TV SeriesLeon Goodwin
Beauty and the Beast: A Dark Tale2012TV MovieCyril
The Unseen World2010John Henry Newman
Bored to Death2010TV SeriesProfessor Richard Hawkes
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2010TV SeriesDr. Theodore Nichols
Barbarossa2009Siniscalco Barozzi
Saving Grace2009TV SeriesMatthew
Perestroika2009/IProf. Gross
A House Divided2008Grandfather Wahid
Carnera: The Walking Mountain2008Leon See
Shark Swarm2008TV MovieProfessor Bill Girdler
Bloodmonkey2007VideoHamilton
Come le formiche2007Ruggero
The Final Inquiry2006Nathan
And Quiet Flows the Don2006TV SeriesPantaley
Il mercante di pietre2006Shahid
The Bridge of San Luis Rey2004Viceroy of Peru
Too Much Romance... It's Time for Stuffed Peppers2004Jeffrey
Another Way of Seeing Things2004ShortNarrator
Dead Lawyers2004TV MovieWhitelaw
Pompeii: The Last Day2003TV MovieNarrator (English version, voice)
My Father, Rua Alguem 55552003Paul Minsky
Piazza delle cinque lune2003Entita'
Ticker2002ShortAirport Guru
Joshua2002/IFather Tardone
Thir13en Ghosts2001Cyrus Kriticos
I cavalieri che fecero l'impresa2001Delfinello da Coverzano
David Proshker2000ShortNarrator
Un dono semplice2000TV Movie
Finding Forrester2000Prof. Robert Crawford
The Darkling2000TV MovieBruno Rubin
Excellent Cadavers1999TV MovieTommaso Buscetta
The All New Adventures of Laurel & Hardy in 'For Love or Mummy'1999Prof. Henry Covington
Muppets from Space1999Noah
Esther1999TV MovieMordecai
Noah's Ark1999TV Mini-SeriesLot
Star Trek: Insurrection1998Ru'afo
Eruption1997President Mendoza
Una vacanza all'inferno1997Belisario
Color of Justice1997TV MovieJim Sullivan
Mimic1997Dr. Gates
Baby Face Nelson1996Al Capone
Children of the Revolution1996Stalin
Dead Man's Walk1996TV Mini-SeriesCaleb Cobb
Mighty Aphrodite1995Leader
Dillinger and Capone1995VideoAl Capone
Jamila1994Older Seit
Nostradamus1994Scalinger
Surviving the Game1994Wolfe Sr.
L'affaire1994Lucien Haslans
Fresh1994Chess Hustler (uncredited)
Il caso Dozier1993TV MovieGoldstein
Sweet Killing1993Zargo
Last Action Hero1993John Practice
Journey to the Center of the Earth1993TV MovieProfessor Harlech
Loaded Weapon 11993Harold Leacher
The First Circle1992TV MovieStaline
Through an Open Window1992ShortNarrator (voice)
Die Zauberflöte1991/ITV MovieHost (only for TV)
By the Sword1991Maximilian 'Max' Suba
Eye of the Widow1991Kharoun
Mobsters1991Arnold Rothstein
Money1991Will Scarlet
Largo Desolato1990TV MovieLeopold Nettle
La batalla de los Tres Reyes1990Osrain
The Bonfire of the Vanities1990D.A. Abe Weiss (uncredited)
The Little Match Girl1990TV MovieNarrator (voice)
A Season of Giants1990TV MoviePope Julius II
Cadence1990Capt. Ramon Garcia (uncredited)
Galileo Galilei1989TV Movie
Performance Pieces1989Short
An Innocent Man1989Virgil Cane
The Favorite1989Abdul Hamid
Beyond the Stars1989Dr. Harry Bertram - the Whale Man
Slipstream1989Cornelius
I promessi sposi1989TV Mini-SeriesL'Innominato
The Third Solution1988Father Carafa
The Name of the Rose1986Bernardo Gui
Dream West1986TV Mini-SeriesPresident Abraham Lincoln
Amadeus1984Antonio Salieri
Scarface1983Omar Suarez
Marco Polo1982-1983TV Mini-SeriesJacopo
Madman1978
The Big Fix1978Eppis
Sex and the Married Woman1977TV MovieDuke Skaggs
A.E.S. Hudson Street1977TV SeriesDr. Menzies
The Andros Targets1977TV SeriesBobby Carr
Kojak1975-1977TV SeriesEddie Gordon / Solly Nurse
All in the Family1976TV SeriesClerk
The Ritz1976Chris
All the President's Men1976Arresting Officer #1
The Sunshine Boys1975/IMechanic
The Prisoner of Second Avenue1975Taxi Driver
How to Survive a Marriage1974TV SeriesJoshua Browne
Serpico1973Detective Partner (uncredited)
Nightside1973TV MovieAcky
They Might Be Giants1971Clyde

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Children of the Revolution1996performer: "I Get a Kick Out of You"
The Big Fix1978performer: "We Shall Not Be Moved"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Making of 'Amadeus'2002Video documentary thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life2017Documentary post-productionHimself
Geraldine Page: Stages of a DreamDocumentary post-productionHimself (rumored)
Access Hollywood Live2017TV SeriesHimself
Black and White Stripes: The Juventus Story2016DocumentaryNarrator (English Version)
The 42nd Annual People's Choice Awards2016TV MovieHimself
2015 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards2015TV MovieHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
The Broadway.com Show2014TV SeriesHimself
Today2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Made in Hollywood2013TV SeriesHimself
IMDb: What to Watch2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Nature2007-2013TV Series documentaryNarrator / Himself
The Presence of Joseph Chaikin2012Documentary
Love, Marilyn2012DocumentaryHimself
Milos Forman, un outsider à Hollywood2012DocumentaryHimself
Working in the Theatre1994-2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Theater Talk2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Earth: Our Home2010DocumentaryVisual Speaker
MindFlux2010DocumentaryHimself
Milos Forman: Co te nezabije...2009DocumentaryHimself
Making of 'The Inquiry'2007Video documentary shortHimself
Voyage of the Lonely Turtle2007DocumentaryNarrator
Lobo: The Wolf That Changed America2007TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator (USA version)
Operation Lysistrata2006DocumentaryHimself
Nova2005TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
Chaos and Order: Making American Theater2005DocumentaryHimself
Repetition2005/IIHimself
Try to Remember: The Fantasticks2003DocumentaryHimself
Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites2003TV Movie documentary voice
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade2002TV SpecialHimself
The Making of 'Amadeus'2002Video documentaryHimself - 'Salieri'
Ghost Files: A Haunted Houseful of Poltergeist Profiles2002Video documentary shortCyrus Kriticos (Narrator) (voice, uncredited)
Thir13en Ghosts Revealed2002Video short documentaryHimself - 'Cyrus'
HBO First Look2000TV Series documentaryHimself
The Directors1997TV Series documentaryHimself
Einstein Revealed1996TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
Looking for Richard1996DocumentaryHimself
Nile: River of Gods1995TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator
The Way West1995TV Movie documentaryVoice
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994TV SeriesHimself
1071 Fifth Avenue: Frank Lloyd Wright & the Guggenheim Museum1994TV Movie documentaryFrank Lloyd Wright
Last Dance1994TV Movie documentaryHimself - Reading from the play Angels In America
A Gang for Good1992TV Movie documentaryNarrator
The Secrets of Dick Smith1991TV Short documentaryHimself - Discussing Amadeus
Hawaii: Strangers in Paradise1991TV MovieHimself - Narrator
F. Murray Abraham1991TV Movie documentaryHimself
American Experience1988TV Series documentaryHimself / Narrator
La rosa dei nomi1987TV Movie documentaryHimself
Die Abtei des Verbrechens: Umberto Ecos 'Der Name der Rose' wird verfilmt1986TV Movie documentaryHimself
On the Wing1986Short documentaryNarrator (voice)
The 58th Annual Academy Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Herman Melville: Damned in Paradise1985DocumentaryHerman Melville (voice)
The 57th Annual Academy Awards1985TV Special documentaryHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
And the Oscar Goes To...2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Edición Especial Coleccionista2011TV SeriesAntonio Salieri
Le nom de la rose2004Video documentaryBernardo Gui (uncredited)
Oscar's Greatest Moments1992Video documentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest EnsembleThe 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
2015GFCA AwardGeorgia Film Critics Association (GFCA)Best EnsembleThe 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
2014DFCS AwardDetroit Film Critic Society, USBest EnsembleThe 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
2014FFCC AwardFlorida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest EnsembleThe 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
2014SEFCA AwardSoutheastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest EnsembleThe 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
1985OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleAmadeus (1984)
1985Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - DramaAmadeus (1984)
1984KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorAmadeus (1984)
1984LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActorAmadeus (1984)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesHomeland (2011)· Atheer Adel
· Claire Danes
· Alexander Fehling
· Rupert Friend
· Nina Hoss
· René Ifrah
· Mark Ivanir
· Sebastian Koch
· Miranda Otto
· Mandy Patinkin
· Sarah Sokolovic
2015Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesHomeland (2011)
2015Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastThe 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
2015OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesHomeland (2011)
2015ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureThe 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
2014PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Ensemble ActingThe 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
2014SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest EnsembleThe 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
2014ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesHomeland (2011)· Sarita Choudhury
· Claire Danes
· Rupert Friend
· Tracy Letts
· Damian Lewis
· Mandy Patinkin
· Morgan Saylor
2014WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Acting EnsembleThe 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
1986BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActorAmadeus (1984)


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#Fact
1He continues teaching drama classes at Brooklyn College in New York City.
2Has two children with his wife Kate Hannah: Mick and Jamili Abraham.
3Had two brothers: Robert and Jack Abraham, who were killed in separate automobile accidents.
4Received an honorary degree from Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey (1990).
5Auditioned 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.
6As 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).
7He 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]
8Learned to play the piano and to conduct for his role of Antonio Salieri in Amadeus (1984).
9His first major success as an actor was as Antonio Salieri in Amadeus (1984) at age 45.
10Has 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).
11Has appeared with Christian Slater in three films: The Name of the Rose (1986), Beyond the Stars (1989) and Mobsters (1991).
12One 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.
13Has filmed Scarface (1983) in Los Angeles at the same time as Amadeus (1984) in Prague, necessitating four round trip flights between the two.
14After his Academy Award for Amadeus (1984), he turned down roles in films such as Clue (1985) and Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986).
15Studied drama under the tutelage of Uta Hagen at HB Studio in Greenwich Village, New York City for a year in the early 1960s.
16Attended and graduated from El Paso High School in El Paso, Texas (1958).
17Early in his career, he was one of the "Fruit of the Loom guys" (men dressed up as fruits) in the underwear commercials.
18During 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]
19He 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.
20Attended the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Texas at Austin.

#Quote
1Brando 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.
4I 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.
5If 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.
6With 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.
8I'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.
9There 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.
10I really like to experiment. That's the only way I can work. It's instinctive.
11Woody Allen sets are very quiet. Extraordinary sense of power from a man who doesn't do anything except just stand there.
12I'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.
13All the stuff that you visualized that was going to work so beautifully, you discover is trashed, so you jump to something else.
14I 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.
15I have two brothers buried in the military cemetery in Texas. I don't want to see any more of that.
16Arnold 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.
17I 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?
20I'm not going to just say nice things about everybody unless I mean it.
21People 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.
22I'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.
23The 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.
24I think creativity is spiritual. I absolutely believe that.
25Once I looked into a mirror at my face, I felt like it was completely convincing. I was Salieri.
26As 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.
27I 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.
30If 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?
35I 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.
38I 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.
43I 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.
51As 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.
52British actors have their feel for Shakespeare and we Americans have ours, and I think that we have a lot to learn from each other.
53I'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.
54You 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.
57The 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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