F. Murray Abraham

7th Annual Directors Guild of America Honors - Arrivals

Abraham in 2008, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Murray Abraham

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

Date of Birth: October 24, 1939

*Syrian (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 Fred T. Abraham. His father was born into the Antiochian Orthodox Christian faith in Myklos/Muqlus, Syria, a small village in the Valley of the Christians/Wadi al-Nasara. His mother was born in Pennsylvania, to Italian parents; she 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 the first Arab-American to have won a Best Actor Academy Award.

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

F. Murray’s paternal grandfather was named Murray/Murry Abraham (the son of Abe Abraham and Anna). F. Murray’s grandfather was a chanter or priest in the Orthodox church.

F. Murray’s paternal grandmother was Hilda/Fadia/Foda Albert/Barkett (the daughter of Abdulla/Albert Barkett and Hanney Saad).

F. Murray’s maternal grandfather was named Bruno Stello. Bruno, a coal miner, was from the Province of Reggio Calabria.

F. Murray’s maternal grandmother was Catherine/Caterina Casmano/Cosmano (the daughter of Joseph/Giuseppe Casmano/Cosmano and Domenica Parisi).

Sources: http://www.calabriansmostfamous.com

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

Death record of F. Murray’s paternal grandfather, Murray/Murry Abraham – https://www.findagrave.com

Death record of F. Murray’s paternal grandmother, Hilda/Fadia/Foda (Albert/Barkett) Abraham – https://www.findagrave.com

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

8 Responses

  1. Johnsonades says:

    Murray Abraham’s father Fred came from Myklos/Muqlus, Syria, a small village in the Valley of the Christians (Wadi al-Nasara) whose population is made of immigrants from Lebanon’s northern villages who settled there in the mid-19th century escaping the Mount Lebanon War of 1860.

    Fred Tony Abraham (b. 1916-1920 in Ford City) settled in El Paso, Texas https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K5WK-F8F and died in Texas in 1995

    In his WWII draft of 1940 it can be seen he was born in Miklos, Syria https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2238&h=6910133&tid=&pid=&queryId=8f322267c21ddd4f2b3d2d27377c88eb&usePUB=true&_phsrc=bVu429&_phstart=successSource (requires subscription)

    Obituary of Adele Hendricks (nee Abraham) (1923-2019), aunt of Murray Abraham, who settled in Fullerton, California where it says she, three of her sisters and her brother Fred Abraham were born in Myklos, in todays Syria, https://obits.ocregister.com/obituaries/orangecounty/obituary.aspx?n=adele-hendricks-bobbie&pid=194874159

    Death certificate and obituary of Marion Abraham Unsell (1914-1998), aunt of Murray Abraham, who died in El Paso in 1988 where it says she was born in Myklos in today’s Syria https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVS1-JH4Y

    Murray Abraham’s paternal grandfather priest Murray Abraham (1877-1933) grave in Ford City, Armstrong, Pennsylvania https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/131741317/murray-abraham

    He was born 10 Feb 1887 and his parents were Abe Abraham and Anna Abraham according to his death certificate in Pennsylvania https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=5164&h=4877205&tid=&pid=&queryId=d79fc98c41b0471e8398d4026a747132&usePUB=true&_phsrc=bVu194&_phstart=successSource (requires subscription).

    Murray Abraham’s paternal grandmother Hilda (Fadia/Foda) Barkett/Albert Abraham (1890-1979) died and his buried in El Paso, Texas
    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/106807002/hilda-abraham Her parents were Abdulla/Albert Barkett and Hanney Saad
    Name of parents here as well https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/1458014:2272 (requires subscription)

    In this social security application of her husband, Hilda Abraham appears as Hilda Albert https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/625104459:60901 (requires subscription)

    Unfortunately in neither of their death certificates it says where Murray’s paternal grandparents were born. But knowing the history of the Valley of the Christians they were likely born in one of Lebanon’s northern villages and fled there around 1900.

    By 1880-1900 the Valley of the Christians was still part of the Tripoli Eyalet, and only became a part of Syria after 1925.

    All of Murray’s ancestors were Greek Orthodox Christians of Syrian-Lebanese descent not of Assyrian descent like he clearly states in his interviews and is clearly stated in the obituaries.


  2. thetruth1234 says:

    I didn’t know that Assyrian was a race

  3. 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”


  4. 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. :)

  5. 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.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.