'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' collars Mozart's rival

f-murray-abrahamImage Credit: Anthony G. Moore/PR PhotosMake room for Daddy! Law & Order: Criminal Intent has cast a father for Jeff Goldblum’s Det. Nichols: F. Murray Abraham!

So far, the acclaimed actor, best known for playing the title composer’s archenemy Salieri in the 1984 film Amadeus, is only signed for one episode — the season finale, airing in July. But, until I hear Pops has some terminal illness or an outstanding debt to a homicidal loan shark, I’m gonna take a guess that we’ll be seeing him again.

Thoughts? Can you picture the showbiz veteran, whose resume is longer than any given week’s Ask Ausiello, raising the erstwhile Brundlefly? Sound off below! (Additional reporting by Andy Patrick)


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  • Luminosity

    Both are talented actors, but I don’t see any resemblance — and thus can’t picture them as father & son.

    • Lindsey

      I don’t watch L&O, but I agree. It also doesn’t seem like a big enough age difference.

      • erin

        Goldblum is 52, and IMO looks a bit younger than that; Abraham is 70.

      • Lindsey

        According to IMDb, he was born in 1952, which would make him 58 this year. I’ll give you that he looks a little younger than that, but I still don’t think he looks young enough to be Abraham’s son.

    • GROWING PAINS FAN

      Why haven’t any episodes aired on NBC? I keep waiting, the episodes with Jeff Goldblum are the best.

      • cjs920

        Because they moved the show to USA several years ago.

  • Greenlee

    Great.

    Bring back VdO and KE. Forget expanding Nichols’ family.

  • Dave Keller

    Excellent casting. Interesting to see L&O: CI going in an entirely different direction.

    • voluptuousdate

      i like chris noth

      • arthur oxford

        bring back vince donofrio-my
        favorite and chris noth. i don’t
        watch jeff goldblum. i liked him
        better in “death wish”.

  • Anneli

    Judd Hirsch was perfect as Goldblum’s father in “Independence Day”. But this is a good choice too……….

    • Ron

      Anneli,
      Bravo! That would be excellent casting. The familiarity would probably lend to credibility for their characters

  • Monty

    …the movie isn’t called “Mozart”. Its “Amadeus”.

    We can forgive and forget though if you link Falco’s “Rock Me Amadeus” ;)

  • xfool92

    A great choice, he is an excellent actor. It’s nice to see the show get an actor of such high caliber!

  • Phil

    The movie was named “Amadeus”, not “Mozart”. Someone over there is asleep at the wheel.

  • tamar g.

    Awesome choice; F. Murray Abraham is an amazing actor. Never watched L&O before, but not I will BTW, his is 70 and Goldblum is in his early 50’s I think, so the age diff is plausible.

  • Buzz

    not running to the tv for this , but it does count for something .NBC wants the show to work. hope the
    paycheque is good and the scripts are worthy …

  • Ica

    How many episodes until this show gets canceled? Seriously, I don’t think it’s going to last long without VdO and KE. And also, I think Goldblum’s character sucks.

    • Penny

      I don’t like it with Jeffy boy. I want Goren and Eames back. Maybe NBC should think about starting a PI show with those 2

    • amber

      If it makes it past this season I would be shocked! The first Goldblum/Burrows episode sucked.

  • Chris R. Hansen

    Haven’t seen FMA in a long time, but his Salieri was classic! Look forward to seeing him work with Goldblum.

  • erin

    Don’t care. Goren and Eames are gone. I won’t watch CI anymore.

  • Andy

    Interesting choice–am looking forward to seeing it. Goldblum and Barrows have brought some great changes to C.I.

  • bringbackrocky

    Anything that brings F. Murray Abraham back in the public eye is a great thing but . . . bring please please please back Goren and Eames. Honestly, Dick Wolf, what were you thinking?

  • Chris

    I wonder if he’ll dress up in a leisure suit like Omar Suarez on the show.

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