Arkin in 1975
|Born||Alan Wolf Arkin
March 26, 1934
Brooklyn, New York, US
|Occupation||Actor, director, musician, singer|
|Spouse(s)||Jeremy Yaffe (1955–1961; divorced; 2 children)
Barbara Dana (1964–199?; divorced; 1 child)
Suzanne Newlander (1996–)
Alan Wolf Arkin (born March 26, 1934) is an American actor, director, musician and singer. He is known for starring in such films as Wait Until Dark, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Catch-22, The In-Laws, Edward Scissorhands, Glengarry Glen Ross, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, Little Miss Sunshine, and Argo, the last two of which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He is the father of actors Adam Arkin, Anthony Arkin, and Matthew Arkin.
Early life 
Arkin was born in Brooklyn, New York City, son of David I. Arkin, a painter and writer, and his wife Beatrice Wortis, a teacher. He was raised in a Jewish family with "no emphasis on religion". His grandparents were immigrants from Ukraine, Russia, and Germany. His parents moved to Los Angeles when Alan was 11, but an eight-month Hollywood strike cost his father his job as a set designer. During the 1950s Red Scare, Arkin's parents were accused of being Communists, and his father was fired when he refused to answer questions about his political ideology. David Arkin challenged the dismissal, but he was only vindicated after his death.
Early work 
Arkin, who had been taking acting lessons since age 10, became a scholarship student at various drama academies, including one run by the Stanislavsky student Benjamin Zemach, who taught Arkin a psychological approach to acting. Arkin attended Los Angeles City College from 1951 to 1953. He also attended Bennington College. With two friends, he formed the folk music group The Tarriers, in which Arkin sang and played guitar. The band members co-composed the group's 1956 hit "The Banana Boat Song", a reworking, with some new lyrics, of a traditional, Jamaican calypso folk song of the same name, combined with another titled "Hill and Gully Rider". It reached #4 on the Billboard magazine chart the same year as Harry Belafonte's better-known hit version. The group appeared in the 1957 Calypso-exploitation film Calypso Heat Wave, singing "Banana Boat Song" and "Choucoune".
From 1958 to 1968, Arkin performed and recorded with the children's folk group, The Baby Sitters. He also performed the role of Dr. Pangloss in a concert staging of Leonard Bernstein's operetta Candide, alongside Madeline Kahn's Cunegonde. Arkin was an early member of The Second City comedy troupe in the 1960s. Arkin and his second wife, Barbara Dana, appeared together on the 1970–71 season of Sesame Street as a comical couple named Larry and Phyllis who resolve their conflicts when they remember how to pronounce the word "cooperate." In 1985, he sang two selections by Jones & Schmidt on Ben Bagley's album Contemporary Broadway Revisited.
Arkin is one of only six actors to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his first screen appearance (for The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming in 1966). Two years later, he was again nominated, for The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.
His best known films include his Oscar-nominated Wait Until Dark, as the erudite killer stalking Audrey Hepburn; The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter; Catch-22; The Seven-Per-Cent Solution; Little Murders; The In-Laws; Glengarry Glen Ross; and Little Miss Sunshine, for which he won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar; and Argo. His portrayal of Dr. Oatman, a scared and emotionally conflicted psychiatrist treating John Cusack's hit man character Martin Q. Blank in Grosse Point Blank was also well received.
His role in Little Miss Sunshine, as the foul-mouthed Grandfather Edwin with a taste for heroin, won him the BAFTA Film Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. On receiving his Academy Award on February 25, 2007, Arkin said, "More than anything, I'm deeply moved by the open-hearted appreciation our small film has received, which in these fragmented times speaks so openly of the possibility of innocence, growth and connection". At 72 years old, Arkin was the sixth oldest winner of the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.
In 2006–07, Arkin was cast in supporting roles in Rendition as a US senator and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause as Bud Newman (Carol's Dad), starring with Tim Allen, Martin Short, Elizabeth Mitchell, Judge Reinhold and Wendy Crewson.
Arkin's directorial debut, in 1969, was a 12-minute children's film, People Soup, starring his sons Adam Arkin and Matthew Arkin. Based on a story he had published in the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction in the 1950s, People Soup is a fantasy about two boys who experiment with various kitchen ingredients until they concoct a magical soup which transforms them into different animals and objects.
Arkin's most acclaimed directorial effort is Little Murders, released in 1971. Written by cartoonist Jules Feiffer, Little Murders is a black comedy film starring Elliott Gould and Marcia Rodd about a girl, Patsy (Rodd), who brings home her boyfriend, Alfred (Gould), to meet her severely dysfunctional family amidst a series of random shootings, garbage strikes and electrical outages ravaging the neighborhood. The film opened to a lukewarm review by Roger Greenspan, and a more positive one by Vincent Canby in the New York Times. Roger Ebert's review in the Chicago Sun Times was more enthusiastic, saying, "One of the reasons it works, and is indeed a definitive reflection of America's darker moods, is that it breaks audiences down into isolated individuals, vulnerable and uncertain."
Arkin also directed Fire Sale (1977), Samuel Beckett Is Coming Soon (1993) and Arigo (2000).
Arkin is the author of many books, including the children's stories Tony's Hard Work Day (illustrated by James Stevenson, 1972), The Lemming Condition (illustrated by Joan Sandin, 1976), Halfway Through the Door: An Actor's Journey Toward Self (1979) and The Clearing (1986 continuation of Lemming). In March 2011, he released his memoir, An Improvised Life.
Personal life 
Arkin has been married three times. He and Jeremy Yaffe, to whom he was married from 1955 to 1961, have two sons: Adam Arkin, born August 19, 1956, and Matthew Arkin, born March 21, 1959. In 1967, Arkin had son Anthony (Tony) Dana Arkin with actress-screenwriter Barbara Dana (born 1940), to whom he was married from June 16, 1964 to the mid-1990s. In 1996, Arkin married a psychotherapist, Suzanne Newlander. As of 2007, they live in New Mexico.
|1957||Calypso Heat Wave||Tarriers lead singer||uncredited|
|1966||The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming||Lt. Rozanov||Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor
|1966||The Last Mohican||Pretzel Peddler||short film|
|1967||Woman Times Seven||Fred (segment "The Suicides")||released June 1967|
|1967||Wait Until Dark||Harry Roat||released October 1967|
|1968||Inspector Clouseau||Inspector Jacques Clouseau||released July 1968|
|1968||The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter||John Singer|
|1969||The Monitors||Cameo appearance||released October|
|1969||People Soup||writer and director|
|1970||Catch-22||Capt. John Yossarian|
|1971||Little Murders||Lt. Practice||also director|
|1972||Last of the Red Hot Lovers||Barney Cashman||released August|
|1974||It Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Guy||November 1974 Television film|
|1974||Freebie and the Bean||Bean||released December 1974|
|1975||Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins||Gunny Rafferty||a.k.a. Rafferty and the Highway Hustlers|
|1975||Hearts of the West||Burt Kessler||released October 1975
NYFCC Award for Best Supporting Actor
|1976||The Seven-Per-Cent Solution||Dr. Sigmund Freud|
|1977||Fire Sale||Ezra Fikus||also director|
|1978||The Other Side of Hell||Frank Dole||January 17, 1978 Television film|
|1978||The Defection of Simas Kudirka||Simas Kudirka||January 23, 1978 Television film|
|1979||The In-Laws||Sheldon S. Kornpett, D.D.S.||released June 1979|
|1979||The Magician of Lublin||Yasha Mazur||released November 1979|
|1980||Simon||Prof. Simon Mendelssohn||Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor|
|1981||Full Moon High||Dr. Brand|
|1981||Improper Channels||Jeffrey Martley||released May 1981
Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actor
|1981||Chu Chu and the Philly Flash||Flash||released August 1981|
|1982||The Last Unicorn||Schmendrick||voice|
|1983||The Return of Captain Invincible||Captain Invincible|
|1984||A Matter of Principle||Flagg Purdy||Television film|
|1984||Terror in the Aisles||archival footage|
|1985||The Fourth Wise Man||Orontes||March 1985 Television film|
|1985||Joshua Then and Now||Reuben Shapiro||released September 1985
Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
|1985||Bad Medicine||Dr. Ramón Madera||released November 1985|
|1986||A Deadly Business||Harold Kaufman||TV|
|1986||Big Trouble||Leonard Hoffman||released May 1986|
|1987||Escape from Sobibor||Leon Feldhendler||Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or a Movie
|1988||Necessary Parties||Archie Corelli||TV|
|1990||Coupe de Ville||Fred Libner||released March 1990|
|1990||Edward Scissorhands||Bill||released December 7, 1990
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
|1990||Havana||Joe Volpi||released December 12, 1990|
|1991||The Rocketeer||A. "Peevy" Peabody|
|1992||Glengarry Glen Ross||George Aaronow|
|1993||Cooperstown||Harry Willette||Jan. 1993 Television film|
|1993||Indian Summer||Unca Lou Handler||released April 1993|
|1993||Taking the Heat||Tommy Canard||June 1993 Television film|
|1993||So I Married an Axe Murderer||Police Captain (uncredited)||released July 1993|
|1993||Samuel Beckett is Coming Soon||The Director (character)||short film; also director|
|1994||North||Judge Buckle||released July 22, 1994|
|1994||Doomsday Gun||Col. Yossi||July 23, 1994 Television film|
|1994||Picture Windows||Tully, in segment "Soir Bleu"||October 1994 Television film|
|1995||The Jerky Boys: The Movie||Ernie Lazarro||released February 1995|
|1995||Steal Big Steal Little||Lou Perilli||released September 1995|
|1996||Heck's Way Home||Dogcatcher||March 1996 – TV|
|1996||Mother Night||George Kraft||released November 1996|
|1997||Grosse Pointe Blank||Dr. Oatman||released April 1997|
|1997||Four Days in September||Charles Burke Elbrick||Brazil-U.S May 1997; U.S. Jan. 1998|
|1997||Gattaca||Det. Hugo||released October 1997|
|1998||Slums of Beverly Hills||Murray Samuel Abromowitz|
|1999||Jakob the Liar||Max Frankfurter||released September 1999|
|1999||Blood Money||Willy "The Hammer" Canzaro||Television film|
|2000||Arigo||writer and director|
|2001||Varian's War||Freier||April 2001 Television film|
|2001||America's Sweethearts||Wellness Guide||released July 2001|
|2001||Thirteen Conversations About One Thing||Gene||wide theatrical release 2002
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
|2003||The Pentagon Papers||Harry Rowen||March 2003 Television film
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor – Miniseries or a Movie
|2003||And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself||Sam Drebben||September 2003 Television film|
|2004||The Novice||Father Benkhe||released September 2004|
|2004||Noel||Artie Venzuela||November 2004 Television film|
|2004||Eros||Dr. Pearl / Hal in segment "Equilibrium"|
|2006||Firewall||Arlin Forester||released February 2006|
|2006||Little Miss Sunshine||Edwin Hoover||Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture
|2006||The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause||Bud Newman||released December 2006|
|2007||Raising Flagg||Flagg Purdy||released February 2007|
|2007||Rendition||Senator Hawkins||released October. 2007|
|2008||Get Smart||The Chief||released June 2008|
|2008||Marley & Me||Arnie Klein||released December 2008|
|2009||The Private Lives of Pippa Lee||Herb|
|2010||City Island||Michael Malakov (drama coach)|
|2011||Thin Ice||Gorvy Hauer|
|2011||The Change-Up||Mitch's Dad|
|2011||The Muppets||Cameo appearance|
|2012||Argo||Lester Siegel||Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Nominated — London Film Critics' Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
|2013||Stand Up Guys||Richard Hirsch|
|The Incredible Burt Wonderstone||Rance Holloway|
|1964||East Side/West Side||Ted Miller||"The Beatnik and the Politician"|
|1966||ABC Stage 67||Barney Kempinski||"The Love Song of Barney Kempinski"
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama
|1970–71||Sesame Street||Larry||unknown episodes|
|1979||Carol Burnett & Company||Himself||Episode 1, Season 2|
|1980||The Muppet Show||Himself||Episode 20, Season 4|
|1983||St. Elsewhere||Jerry Singleton||3 episodes: "Ties That Bind", "Lust En Veritas", "Newheart"|
|1985||Faerie Tale Theatre||Bo||"The Emperor's New Clothes"|
|1987||Harry||Harry Porschak||March 4–25, ABC TV series|
|1997||Chicago Hope||Zoltan Karpathein||"The Son Also Rises"
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor – Drama Series
|2001–02||100 Centre Street||Joe Rifkind||A&E TV series|
|2005||Will & Grace||Marty Adler||"It's a Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad World"|
|2006–07||Boston Legal||Prosecutor||Two episodes in Season 3|
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- Little Murders Is Back as Film Arkin Directed
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- Alan Arkin at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Alan Arkin at the Internet Movie Database
- Q&A with Arkin at Time.com
- Folkera Tarriers article
- Stephen Capen Interview on Worldguide, Futurist Radio Hour – October 10, 1995
- "Tribute to Alan Arkin photo compilation
- trailer, The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming
- trailer, The In-Laws
- trailer, Last of the Red Hot Lovers
- National Screen Institute interview, 1985
- CBS interview, 2007