F. Murray Abraham

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Birth Name: Murray Abraham

Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 24, 1939

*Assyrian (father)
*Italian (mother)

F. Murray Abraham is an American actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Amadeus (1984).

Born Murray Abraham, he later added the initial “F.” to his stage name.

He is the son of Josephine (Stello) and Frederick Abraham. Both of his parents were born in Pennsylvania. His father was of Assyrian descent (from Syria), and born into the Orthodox Christian faith. His mother was of Italian descent, and became a member of the Orthodox Christian religion. His family’s surname was evidently originally Ibrahim. F. Murray was raised in El Paso, Texas, near the Mexican border.

F. Murray is married to Kate Hannan, with whom he has two children.

F. Murray’s maternal grandparents were Bruno Stello and Catherine/Caterina Casmano/Cosmano (the daughter of Joseph Casmano and Domenica Parisi). Bruno and Catherine were both Italian. Bruno, a coal miner, was from the Province of Reggio Calabria, Italy.

Sources: F. Murray Abraham (“Murry Abraham”) on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

F. Murray’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of F. Murray’s maternal grandfather, Bruno Stello – http://www.newspapers.com

Obituary of F. Murray’s maternal grandmother, Catherine/Caterina (Casmano/Cosmano) Stello – http://www.newspapers.com


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7 Responses

  1. thetruth1234 says:

    I didn’t know that Assyrian was a race

  2. andrew says:

    “F” stands for Fahrid, and the name Abraham is an Anglicization of Ibrahim.


    “My father, Fred Abraham, who came over from Syria not knowing a word of English, was a mechanic”


    F. Murray’s maternal grandfather was from the Province of Reggio Calabria, Italy: “My grandfather Bruno Stello was a coal miner.. He worked on his hands and knees 14 hours a day, seven days a week for $12”


  3. theropod says:

    One of the few people in the spotlight, after Andre Agassi and Terrence Howard to have an Assyrian ancestry.

    So proud of them. :)

  4. sarahle says:

    it isn’t called antiochian orthodox christian. it is called syrian orthodox religion (but don’t mix it with syrian nationality). in israel their religion is also called syrian orthodox. antiochia is just the name of the head of their religious community.

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