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Arkin in 1970.
|Born||David George Arkin
December 24, 1941
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Died||January 14, 1991
(aged 49) (suicide)|
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Occupation||Film, television actor|
|Spouse(s)||Anne E. Curry|
David Arkin (December 24, 1941 – January 14, 1991) was an American actor, known for his numerous supporting appearances in the films of Robert Altman.
These roles were part of Altman's frequent ensemble and included Staff Sergeant Vollmer in MASH (where he also wrote and voiced the PA announcements), Harry in The Long Goodbye (1973), Norman in Nashville (1975), The Mailman/The Police Officer in Popeye 1980).
Arkin was known among his friends and colleagues for having introduced his friend Arnold Schwarzenegger (then Arnold Strong) to Altman, at the time The Long Goodbye was being cast. This began Schwarzenegger's career in film (a story re-told recently by Mitchell Zuckoff in his 2009 book Robert Altman: An Oral Biography).
Early life and education
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Before MASH he had brief appearances in Valley of the Dolls (1967), All the President's Men (1976), Cannonball (1976), and then had an "introducing" credit co-starring with Peter Sellers in I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968).
His television credits include Hawaii Five-O, Whitney and the Robot, and a season-long appearance as the character Gabriel Kaye in the CBS television series Storefront Lawyers, co-starring Robert Foxworth and Sheila Larken. He also appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and on the Joey Bishop and the Steve Allen late night shows with the Hollywood Sunset Strip improvisational comedy troupe The Session (which included Richard Dreyfuss, Rob Reiner, Larry Bishop, Bobbie Shaw-Chance, Marj Dusay, and Phil Mishkin); he later performed with The Second City touring troupe.
He was married three times, the last time to actress Anne E. Curry at the time of his death in 1991. Arkin wrote Human Cargo: Great Escapes,[clarification needed] which Curry later produced with their company Old Dime Box Productions for the Showtime television network as Escape: Human Cargo; it starred Treat Williams and was filmed in Israel. She also produced and directed One Man’s Opinion, a politically incorrect take on newly released films; it starred Arkin and Professor Tyrone Shaw, now on the faculty of journalism at Johnson State College in Vermont.
David G. Arkin was not related either to Alan Arkin, the actor, to Adam Arkin (his son; also an actor), or to Alan Arkin's father (David I. Arkin, deceased 1980), who moved to Los Angeles in 1945, with his family and who worked behind the camera in the entertainment industry.
Ironically, David I. Arkin lived in old Hollywood's Silver Lake neighborhood, where David G. Arkin's brother, Robert M. Arkin (now a social psychologist on the faculty at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio) was also living at the same time; though the two families were not acquainted, when it was once noted that Rob Reiner and Larry Bishop (The Session troupe) had fathers in the entertainment business, Alan Arkin was quoted as commenting on David G. Arkin that "he is at least my nephew in talent".
- I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968) as Herbie Fine
- Hawaii Five-O (television series, "Killer Bee" episode (1970)) as George Loomis
- Storefront Lawyers (1970, television series) as Gabriel Kaye
- Up in the Cellar (1970) as Hugo Caine
- MASH (1970) as Staff Sergeant Vollmer/PA Announcer
- The Long Goodbye (1973) as Harry
- Nashville (1975) as Norman
- Medical Story (television series)
- Cannonball! (1976) as TV Producer Anchorman
- All the President's Men (1976) as Eugene Bachinski
- Whitney and the Robot (1979, television series) as David
- Popeye (1980) as The Mailman/Police Officer