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Birth information

26 March 1934 Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Given Name

Alan Wolf Arkin

Nickname

The Tarriers

How tall is Alan Arkin?

1.75 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Suzanne Newlander Arkin
Barbara Dana
Jeremy Yaffe

Life Story of Alan Arkin

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. His family were Jewish emigrants from Russia and Germany. In 1946, the Arkins moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, California. His father, David I. 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 (Wortis) Arkin, a teacher, shared his father's 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...

Publications and Magazines about Alan Arkin

Alan Arkin An Improved Life - A Memoir. 2011

What movies did Alan Arkin play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Samuel Beckett Is Coming Soon (1993) , The In-Laws (1979) ,
Directors Filmography
Blood (Thinner Than Water) (2004) , Samuel Beckett Is Coming Soon (1993) , Trying Times (1989) , Fire Sale (1977) , Fay (1975) , Twigs (1975) , Little Murders (1971) , People Soup (1969) , T.G.I.F. (1967) ,
Actors Filmography
Vermont Street Harold Landers, Wonderland (2019) Henry Cimoli, The Kominsky Method (2019) Norman Newlander, Dumbo (2019) J. Griffin Remington, Get Shorty (2017) Eugene,...

Birth information

26 March 1934 Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Given Name

Alan Wolf Arkin

Nickname

The Tarriers

How tall is Alan Arkin?

1.75 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Suzanne Newlander Arkin
Barbara Dana
Jeremy Yaffe

Life Story of Alan Arkin

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. His family were Jewish emigrants from Russia and Germany. In 1946, the Arkins moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, California. His father, David I. 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 (Wortis) Arkin, a teacher, shared his father's 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...

Publications and Magazines about Alan Arkin

Alan Arkin An Improved Life - A Memoir. 2011

What movies did Alan Arkin play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Samuel Beckett Is Coming Soon (1993) , The In-Laws (1979) ,
Directors Filmography
Blood (Thinner Than Water) (2004) , Samuel Beckett Is Coming Soon (1993) , Trying Times (1989) , Fire Sale (1977) , Fay (1975) , Twigs (1975) , Little Murders (1971) , People Soup (1969) , T.G.I.F. (1967) ,
Actors Filmography
Vermont Street Harold Landers, Wonderland (2019) Henry Cimoli, The Kominsky Method (2019) Norman Newlander, Dumbo (2019) J. Griffin Remington, Get Shorty (2017) Eugene,...

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Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin in The Kominsky Method: Chapter 16. A Thetan Arrives (2019)

Father of Adam Arkin, Matthew Arkin and Anthony Arkin.

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Alan Arkin in Der böse Trick (1970)

Founding member, Second City improv troupe.

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Alan Arkin, Anthony Perkins, and Richard Benjamin in Der böse Trick (1970)

Wrote "The Lemming Condition," "Cassie Loves Beethoven" and "One Present for Flekman's."

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Alan Arkin in Der böse Trick (1970)

He was originally slated to play Saul Bloom in Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven (2001); after dropping out of the production, he was replaced by Carl Reiner. Arkin won a 1963 Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Play as well as a Theatre World Award playing a character based on Carl Reiner in the Broadway production of Reiner's autobiographical novel Enter Laughing (1967).

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Alan Arkin and Martin Sheen in Der böse Trick (1970)

Two of his movies, Popi (1969) and Freebie and the Bean (1974), were later adapted into television series starring Hector Elizondo in the roles Arkin brought to the screen. Elizondo also co-starred in the television series Chicago Hope (1994) with Arkin's son, Adam Arkin.

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Alan Arkin, Anthony Perkins, Norman Fell, Jack Gilford, etc.

Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. pg. 24-25. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387.

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Alan Arkin, Jack Gilford, and Paula Prentiss in Der böse Trick (1970)

Father-in-law of Phyllis Lyons and Amelia Campbell.

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Alan Arkin in Der böse Trick (1970)

A founding member of the folk group The Tarriers, he co-wrote "The Banana Boat Song" (also known as "Day-o"), which later became a mega-hit for Harry Belafonte.

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Alan Arkin and Anthony Perkins in Der böse Trick (1970)

In the foreword for the Second City book, Arkin revealed that he was reluctant to head to Chicago. He says that his first paying job as an actor was in St. Louis, where he ran into a fellow who was starting up the Second City theater troupe in Chicago, and said that if Arkin were ever to come to Chicago, he would hire him. Arkin halfheartedly agreed, thinking that it was just a joke, and headed back to New York for another year as a struggling actor. Arkin called the man and asked if a position was still open. The man confirmed it and Arkin headed to Chicago, thinking that his life was over. But when he joined Second City, he said that he realized he was with a group of people who fostered the kind of acting that he was involved in, and protected him from the fear of the world.

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Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, and Buck Henry in Der böse Trick (1970)

Although he usually plays quirky, fatherly types these days, back in the '60s and '70s he was known as an edgy, intense actor. His darkest role is almost certainly Harry Roat in Wait Until Dark (1967), who was a vicious but intelligent psychopath who terrifies a seemingly defenseless blind woman (Audrey Hepburn).

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Alan Arkin in Der böse Trick (1970)

Was cast in the title role of Inspector Clouseau (1968) after Peter Sellers declined to reprise the role a third time. It was the last Clouseau film until Sellers returned to the role in The Return of the Pink Panther (1975).

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Alan Arkin and Sarah Baker in The Kominsky Method (2018)

Grandfather of son Adam Arkin's daughter Molly.

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Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin in The Kominsky Method (2018)

Disliked filming the scene in Wait Until Dark (1967) where his character Harry Roat Jr terrorizes Suzy Hendrix (Audrey Hepburn).

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Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin, and Susan Sullivan in The Kominsky Method (2018)

He is also a teacher, leading workshops in improvisation. Students find him warm, insightful, and very, very funny.

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Ann-Margret and Alan Arkin in The Kominsky Method (2018)

Lives in New Mexico with his wife, Suzanne Newlander Arkin.

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Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin

Disowned his involvement in the film Freebie and the Bean (1974), saying he had only accepted the role because, "I needed the bread.".

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Alan Arkin and Lisa Edelstein in The Kominsky Method (2018)

One of only six actors to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his first screen appearance. The other five actors are: Orson Welles, Lawrence Tibbett, James Dean, Paul Muni and Montgomery Clift.

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Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin in The Kominsky Method (2018)

Was cast in the role of Judge Myron Kovitsky in The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) when, initially, the producers couldn't pay a million dollars to Walter Matthau, the original choice for the role. When they reached an agreement, Matthau suddenly dropped out and Arkin was cast, to later on be paid $150.000. However, his character was rewritten from a Jewish magistrate to an African-American judge, played by Morgan Freeman.

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Alan Arkin in The Kominsky Method (2018)

As of 2014, has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966), Little Miss Sunshine (2006) and Argo (2012), with the latter winning in the category. He gave Oscar nominated performances in all three films, winning Best Supporting Actor for Little Miss Sunshine.

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Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin in The Kominsky Method (2018)

Is the only actor to have played Inspector Clouseau who has won an Oscar.

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Alan Arkin and Mackenzie Phillips in Rafferty und die wilden Mädchen (1975)

Nominated for the 2019 Golden Globe Award in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television category for his role as Norman in The Kominsky Method (2018), but lost to Ben Whishaw for A Very English Scandal (2018).

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Alan Arkin and Rutger Hauer in Sobibor (1987)

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6914 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on June 7, 2019.

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Alan Arkin and Peter Falk in Zwei in Teufels Küche (1979)

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Alan Arkin and Peter Falk in Zwei in Teufels Küche (1979)

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Alan Arkin, Peter Falk, and Richard Libertini in Zwei in Teufels Küche (1979)

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Alan Arkin, Peter Falk, James Hong, and Danny Kwan in Zwei in Teufels Küche (1979)

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Alan Arkin and Peter Falk in Zwei in Teufels Küche (1979)

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Alan Arkin, Peter Falk, Rosanna DeSoto, etc.

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Alan Arkin and Sondra Locke in Das Herz ist ein einsamer Jäger (1968)

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Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin, Michael Caine, Jojo Gonzalez, etc.

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Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin, and Michael Caine in Abgang mit Stil (2017)

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Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin, and Michael Caine in Abgang mit Stil (2017)

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