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F. Murray Abraham
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F. Murray Abraham

F. Murray Abraham talks about his role as a dangerous yet avid stamp collector in Theresa Rebeck's Mauritius, a role he compares to Shakespeare's Mercutio; describes his transition from gang punk to aspiring actor in his Texas youth -- including the accent he had to lose; remembers his audition for Harold Pinter for what became his Broadway debut; clarifies his unique connection to a famous ad campaign; considers his experiences playing countless classical roles; and recalls his appearances in many early works by Terrence McNally, including creating the role of Chris in the original production of The Ritz.

Original air date - October 19, 2007
Running Time - 55:17

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