Born on October 24, 1939 in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, USA).
Father - Syrian, the Assyrian, the mother is Italian.
He attended the University of Texas and then studied acting with Ute Hagen in New York City.
He made his film debut in 1971, in a cameo role in the film "Maybe They're Giants" (dir. Anthony Harvey). Participated in many television projects, starred in commercials.
In 1984, the film Amadeus by Milos Forman was released, in which the actor played the main role of Antonio Salieri, for which he was awarded an Oscar as best actor.
In 2004, in Rome, he was awarded by the Italian government the Marzio Tremaglia Foundation Prize, which is awarded to immigrants or descendants of immigrants from Italy who have excelled abroad.
He combines his acting career with teaching theater skills at Brooklyn College.
prizes and awards
Oscar, 1985. Best Actor — "Amadeus" (1984)
Golden Globe Awards, 1985. Best Actor- "Amadeus" and with Albert Finney in "Under the Volcano"
Marzio Tremaglia Foundation Award, 2004, Italy