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FRED MELAMED (Sam) may be best known for playing "sensitive" villain Sy Ableman in Joel and Ethan Coen's A Serious Man, nominated for Best Picture at the 2010 Academy Awards. Melamed shared in the film's Robert Altman Award win at the Independent Spirit Awards. Melamed appeared on the Best Supporting Actor Oscar ballots of several leading critics including Roger Ebert, A.O. Scott and Michael Phillips.
Most recently, Melamed was seen in The Dictator, with Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Kingsley; Fred Won't Move Out, opposite Elliott Gould; Blumenthal, alongside Brian Cox; and Birdbrained, with Parker Posey and Brendan Fraser.
Melamed has enjoyed a long association with Woody Allen that includes Hannah and Her Sisters, Another Woman, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Radio Days, Husbands & Wives, Hollywood Ending and Shadows and Fog. Additional film credits include Peter Yates' Suspect, alongside Cher, Dennis Quaid and Liam Neeson; The Good Mother, with Diane Keaton and Jason Robards; Roland Joffe's The Mission, with Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons; James Toback's The Pickup Artist, alongside Robert Downey Jr. and Dennis Hopper; and Marshall Brickman's Lovesick, opposite Dudley Moore and Sir Alec Guinness.
Television viewers will recognize Melamed as Larry David's name-dropping psychiatrist Arthur Thurgood on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and tough-guy jurist Alan Karpman on "The Good Wife."
Melamed received his training at the Yale School of Drama. Immediately thereafter, he joined Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater Company and appeared with other resident companies including The Yale Repertory Theatre and Shakespeare & Co. (as a founding member).
In 1983 he made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award -winning production of "Amadeus." In 2011 he appeared again on Broadway in "Relatively Speaking," three one-act comedies written by Ethan Coen, Elaine May and Woody Allen respectively. The following spring, he played the title role in the Guild Hall production of "Uncle Vanya."
As a writer, Melamed has penned screenplays including Girl of the Perfume River, A Jones for Gash, The Asshat Project and most recently The Preservationist, which Melamed will also direct. The film is inspired by the case of his college friend, Edward Forbes Smiley III, a renowned cartographic expert and dealer who admitted to being the most brazen and prolific map thief of all time.
The actor lives with his wife and twin sons in Montauk, New York.
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