Alan Arkin Biography

Birthday: 1934-03-26
Place of Birth: New York City, New York USA
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Wiki Biography: Alan Arkin is an Academy Award-winning American actor who is also an acclaimed director, producer, author, singer and composer. He was born Alan Wolf Arkin on March 26, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York, into a family of Jewish intellectuals from Russia and Germany. In 1946 the Arkins moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, California. His father, David Arkin, was an artist and writer, who worked as a teacher, and lost his job for merely refusing to answer questions about his political affiliation during the 1950s Red Scare. His father challenged the politically biased dismissal and eventually prevailed, but unfortunately it was after his death. His mother, Beatrice Arkin, shared his fathers views. Young Arkin was fond of music and acting, he was taking various acting classes from the age of 10. He attended Franklin High School, in Los Angeles, then Los Angeles City College from 1951 - 1953, and Bennington College in Vermont from 1953 - 1954. He sang in a college folk-band, and was involved in a drama class. He dropped out of college to form the folk music group The Tarriers, in which Arkin was the lead singer and played guitar. He co-wrote the 1956 hit "The Banana Boat Song" - a Jamaican calypso folk song, which became better known as Harry Belafonte's popular version, and reached #4 on the Billboard chart. At that time Arkin was a struggling young actor who played bit parts on television and on stage, and made a living as a delivery boy, repairman, pot washer and baby sitter. From 1958 - 1968 he performed and recorded with the children's folk group, The Babysitters. He has also recorded an entire album for the Elektra label titled "Folksongs - Once Over Lightly." In 1957 Arkin made his first big screen appearance as a lead singer with The Tarriers in Calypso Heat Wave (1957). Then he made his Off-Broadway debut as a singer in "Heloise" (1958). Next year he joined the Compass Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri. There he caught the eye of stage director Bob Sills and became the original member of the "Second City" troupe in Chicago. In 1961 Arkin made his Broadway debut in musical "From the Second City", for which he wrote lyrics and sketches, then starred as David Kolowitz in the Broadway comedy "Enter Laughing" (1963), for which he won a Tony Award. He starred in a Broadway musical "From the Second City production, then returned to Broadway as Harry Berlin in "Luv" (1964). Arkin made his directorial debut with an Off-Broadway hit called "Eh?" (1966), which introduced the young actor, named Dustin Hoffman. He won a Drama Desk Award for his direction of the Off-Broadway production of "Little Murders" (1969), and another Drama Desk Award for "The White House Murder Case" (1970). He also directed the original version of Neil Simon's hilarious smash, "The Sunshine Boys" (1972), which ran over 500 performances. Arkin earned his first Academy Award nomination as Best Actor for his feature acting debut in a comedy The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming (1966), by director Norman Jewison, co-starring as Lt. Rozanov, a Soviet submariner who is mistaken for a spy after his boat accidentally wrecks aground in New England. Arkin demonstrated his dramatic range as the psychopathic killer Roat in suspense film Wait Until Dark (1967), opposite Audrey Hepburn. He reinvented himself as the sensitive deaf-mute in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968), for which he received his second Academy Award nomination as Best Actor in the Leading role. He followed with what remained his best known role as Captain Yossarian in Catch-22 (1970), directed by Mike Nichols and based on the eponymous anti-war novel by Joseph Heller. In it Arkin arguably gave his strongest performance, however, his career suffered because the film initially did not live up to expectations. After a few years of directorial work on television, Arkin made a comeback with an impressive portrayal of doctor Sigmund Freud in The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976). In the early 1980s he acted in three movies that were family affairs, written by his wife, Barbara Dana, and co-starring his son, Adam Arkin. During the 1990s he turned out several notable performances, such as a bitter former baseball player in TNT's Cooperstown (1993) (TV), and as a hilarious psychiatrist opposite John Cusack in Grosse Pointe Blank (1997). He won raves for his portrayal of a divorced father who struggles to keep his kids enrolled in the Beverly Hills school system in Slums of Beverly Hills (1998). Arkin gave a brilliant performance opposite Robin Williams in Jakob the Liar (1999), a film about the Nazi occupation of Poland. He also returned to the New York stage co-starring with his son, Tony Arkin and Elaine May in "Power Plays", which he also co-authored. His most recent comeback as a heroin-snorting, sex-crazed, foul-mouthed grandfather in Little Miss Sunshine (2006), earned him his third Academy Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, and his first Academy Award. Alan Arkin has been a modern Renaissance man. In addition to his achievements as an actor, director, and producer, he made his mark as a singer-songwriter with his popular-song compositions "Banana Boat Song", "Cuddle Bug," "That's Me," and "Best Time of the Year." Arkin also authored several books, including science-fiction and some children's stories, such as "The Clearing", "The Lemming Condition" and "Cassie Loves Beethoven" among his other publications. He is a father of three sons, Adam, Matthew, and Tony, and a grandfather of Molly Arkin. Alan Arkin has been a strong supporter of an organic way of living and also a proponent for preservation of the environment and natural habitat. He has been avoiding the show-biz-milieu and is known as an actor who does not really care about prestigious awards, but values having a good job and being acknowledged by his peers. In Arkin's own words he wants to "Stay home for three months. Living as quietly as humanly possible." Arkin was given an Indian name, Grey Wolf, by his Native American friends in New Mexico. IMDb Mini Biography By: Steve Shelokhonov Mini Biography Actor, author, singer and composer, educated at LACC and Los Angeles State College. He sang with a folk group (The Tarriers) and joined the Compass Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri and Second City in Chicago. In 1961 he came to New York with the Second City troupe, later appearing in the Broadway plays "Enter Laughing" and "Luv." He joined ASCAP in 1963 and his popular-song compositions include "Cuddle Bug," "That's Me," and "Best Time of the Year."

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Get Smart The Chief 1965 - 1970 Action
Freebie and the Bean Bean 1974 Action
The Golden Globe Awards Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1975
Picture Windows 1994
Another Joe Rifkind 2012 Game Show
Harry Harry Porschak 2013
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming 1966 0
Wait Until Dark Roat 1967 Comedy, Game Show
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter 1968
Catch-22 Capt. John Yossarian 1970 0, 0
Little Murders 1971 Comedy
The Last of the Red Hot Lovers 1973 Comedy
Freebie and the Bean Bean 1974
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Dr. Sigmund Freud 1977 Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Fire Sale 1978 Comedy
Full Moon High 1981 Reality Tv, 0
Improper Channels 1981 Comedy
Chu Chu and the Philly Flash 1981 Comedy
The Last Unicorn Schmendrick 1982 0, Drama
The Return Of Captain Invincible Captain Invincible 1984 Musical, Fantasy, Comedy
Bad Medicine 1985
Big Trouble Leonard Hoffman 1986 Comedy
Escape from Sobibor 1987 0, Game Show
Havana Joe Volpi 1990
Edward Scissorhands Bill 1990 Biography, 0
Coupe de Ville 1990 Comedy, Drama
The Rocketeer Peevy 1991 Action, Adventure, Family
Glengarry Glen Ross George Aaronow 1992 Drama
Indian Summer Unca Lou Handler 1993 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Steal Big Steal Little Lou Perilli, Ruben's Partner 1995 0
The Jerky Boys Ernie Lazarro 1995 Comedy, Crime
Mother Night George Kraft 1996 Drama, Romance
Grosse Pointe Blank Dr. Oatman 1997 Game Show, Biography, 0, 0
Four Days in September Charles Burke Elbrick 1998 Action, Drama, History
Slums of Beverly Hills Murray Samuel Abromowitz 1998 Comedy, Drama
Jakob the Liar Frankfurter 1999 Comedy, Drama
Magicians Milo 2000 Comedy
And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself 2003 Action, Drama
Noel 2004 Drama
Eros Dr. Pearl / Hal 2004 Drama, Romance
Little Miss Sunshine Grandpa Edwin Hoover 2006 0, 0
Firewall Arlin Forester 2006 Game Show, 0
Raising Flagg Flagg Purdy 2006 0
Marley & Me Arnie Klein 2008
The Novice Father Behnke 2008 0
Get Smart The Chief 2008 Action, Adventure, Comedy
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Herb Lee 2009 0, 0
City Island Michael Malakov 2009 0
Sunshine Cleaning Joe Lorkowski 2009 Comedy, Drama
The Change-Up Mitch's Dad 2011
Thin Ice Gorvy Hauer 2011 Comedy, Crime, Drama
Argo Lester Siegel 2012 Biography, Drama, History
Grudge Match Lightning 2013 0, 0
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Rance Holloway 2013 0
Stand Up Guys Hirsch 2013 Game Show, 0, 0, 0
In Security Officer Riggs 2013 Action, Comedy
Arigo Hester Regal 2014
The Locals Frank Romano 2015 Comedy
Wild Oats Vespucci 2016 0