F. Murray Abraham

by follers on March 27, 2014

7th Annual Directors Guild of America Honors - Arrivals

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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thetruth1234 February 24, 2016 at 11:52 am

I didn’t know that Assyrian was a race

phaedra May 6, 2016 at 2:13 am

It’s an ethnicity.

They’re similar to Lebanese, Jews, Kurds and Armenians.

andrew October 5, 2015 at 6:00 pm

“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”


follers October 5, 2015 at 6:10 pm

His father was born in the U.S., according to the census.

And he didn’t have “F” in his birth name: “Murray Abraham just doesn’t seem to say anything. It just is another name, so I thought I’d frame it.”

theropod April 1, 2015 at 6:07 am

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

So proud of them. :)

Capricious April 4, 2015 at 2:27 am

*Terrence Malick

I think this website should give us the ability to EDIT our posts…. -_-

sarahle February 10, 2015 at 12:31 pm

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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