Abra­ham out from shad­ows

Has given the ac­tor a new fol­low­ing, writes

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MI­NOR guest role on TV spy series Home­land has done for ac­tor F. Mur­ray Abra­ham what his best ac­tor Os­car didn’t – made him recog­nis­able.

Abra­ham used to say it was re­fresh­ing, that de­spite his 1984 Academy Award as An­to­nio Salieri in Amadeus, he could leave his New York apart­ment and take the sub­way with­out be­ing no­ticed.

But that all changed fol­low­ing a twoepisode ap­pear­ance on Home­land as re­tired black ops spe­cial­ist Dar Adal.

Abra­ham’s cover as just another New Yorker was blown when he ar­rived home one day to find a let­ter from a Home­land fan shoved un­der his door.

‘‘There’s some­thing about the in­ti­macy of tele­vi­sion that makes peo­ple feel like they can ap­proach you,’’ says Abra­ham.

‘‘One of the peo­ple in my apart­ment, who I barely know, dropped off a long three-page let­ter about the char­ac­ter and what he thinks he will do. He knows more about the char­ac­ter than I do.’’

Abra­ham will to have to get used to be­ing recog­nised and pos­si­bly more let­ters be­ing posted un­der his flat’s door af­ter he signed-on as a reg­u­lar for the third sea­son of Home­land.

Abra­ham’s de­ci­sion to join Home­land ticks a cou­ple of firsts in a distin­guished ca­reer and not the least is that this is his de­but in a reg­u­lar TV role.

‘‘This is the big­gest con­tract I have done for TV,’’ says Abra­ham.

‘‘You have to say yes to some­thing like this, it’s that sim­ple. It’s good stuff.

‘‘I’ve done episodic TV and I wouldn’t want to be a per­ma­nent part of some of those shows at all . . . this is just damn qual­ity and I don’t think there are any bet­ter.’’

Be­sides his neigh­bour’s overly cu­ri­ous in­tru­sion, Abra­ham has dis­cov­ered a kind of pry­ing eye in the street and the sub­way. He says it’s like there is a kind of un­writ­ten code among New York fans of the show, as they rarely bother him when he is out in pub­lic, which he ap­pre­ci­ates.

Mandy Patinkin and F. Mur­ray Abra­ham

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