Adam Arkin

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Adam Arkin
Adam Arkin 1976.JPG
Adam Arkin in 1976.
Born (1956-08-19) August 19, 1956 (age 58)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, writer, director
Years active 1969–present
Spouse(s) Linda Arkin (divorced; 1 child)
Phyllis Lyons (1999–2013; 1 child)
Parent(s) Alan Arkin

Adam Arkin (born August 19, 1956)[1] is an American television, film and stage actor and director. He played the role of Aaron Shutt on Chicago Hope. He has been nominated for numerous awards, including a Tony (Best Actor, 1991, I Hate Hamlet) as well as 3 primetime Emmys, 4 SAG Awards (Ensemble, Chicago Hope), and a DGA Award (My Louisiana Sky). In 2002, Arkin won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Directing in a Children's Special for My Louisiana Sky. He is also one of the three actors to portray Dale "The Whale" Biederbeck on Monk. Between 2007 and 2009, he starred in the NBC drama Life. In 2009, he portrayed villain Ethan Zobelle, a white separatist gang leader, on the FX original series Sons of Anarchy. He is the son of Oscar winning actor Alan Arkin.

Life and career[edit]


Arkin guest-starred in the award-winning television show Happy Days in episode 185 in 1975. His first starring role in television was as Lenny Markowitz, the central character in the 1977 situation comedy Busting Loose. He since has appeared in various television series such as The Twilight Zone (1986), Northern Exposure (CBS, 1990–1995), where he played the mercurial barefooted chef Adam, and Chicago Hope (CBS, 1994–2000). He appeared in two Law & Order episodes, "Self Defense" (Season 3, 1992) as jewelry store owner George Costas and "Red Ball" (Season 16, 2005) as a district attorney named Charles Graham. He also appeared in Picket Fences (Season 2 Episode 13). Other recent television appearances include The West Wing (1999) (as trauma specialist and psychiatrist Dr. Stanley Keyworth), Frasier, as an obsessive fan of Frasier's, for which he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, Boston Legal, Baby Bob, Monk and 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (2002). In 2007 he starred in the NBC drama Life in the role of Ted Earley. He played a white separatist leader named Ethan Zobelle during the second season of the FX series Sons of Anarchy reuniting with former 8 Simple Rules cast mate Katey Sagal. In 2011, he appeared in The Closer episode "To Serve With Love" (Season 7) as a suspect named Steven Hirschbaum. He also portrayed mob boss Theo Tonin on Justified in 2011, and an FBI agent in The Chicago Code, also in 2011.

Arkin's film appearances include Hitch (2005) and Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998). He has performed in Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional theatre productions, including both the South Coast Repertory world premiere and Broadway production of Brooklyn Boy[2][3] by playwright Donald Margulies. In addition he is known for his directing work, having done episodes of Grey's Anatomy, Boston Legal, The Riches, Dirt, Ally McBeal, Sons of Anarchy, The Blacklist, Justified and Masters of Sex. He won an Emmy for directing the Showtime television film My Louisiana Sky. In April 2008, Arkin guest-starred in the Web series Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show.[4] He played the part of a divorce lawyer in the film A Serious Man (2009), directed by Ethan and Joel Coen.[5]

Arkin also played a minor role in the NPR radio drama of Star Wars, A New Hope as the voice of Fixer. For PBS, he voiced Meriwether Lewis in Ken Burns' The Voyage of the Corps of Discovery (1997). He also provided character voice work for the Emmy-winning series The National Parks.

He has directed three episodes of the 2013 Cold War television drama, The Americans and the final episode of the second season (2014) of Masters of Sex.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Arkin was born in Brooklyn, New York, to actor/director/writer Alan Arkin and his wife Jeremy Yaffe.[7] He was married to Phyllis Anne Arkin (née Lyons) (1999-2013), and they have one son together. Phyllis filed for divorce in August 2013.[8] He also has a daughter, Molly, with his first wife Linda.[9]


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  2. ^ "Adam Arkin sparks Broadway 'Brooklyn Boy'". 2005, Washington Times. Article by Frederick M. Winship.
  3. ^ Brooklyn Boy at South Coast Repertory
  4. ^ "Adam Arkin Talks The Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show". The Deadbolt. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  5. ^ Lidz, Franz (September 23, 2009). "Biblical Adversity in a ’60s Suburb". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ Birnbaum, Debra (August 29, 2014). "Adam Arkin ‘Masters’ the Segue Between Acting and Directing". Variety. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  7. ^ Adam Arkin Biography (1957-)
  8. ^ People
  9. ^ Miller, Gerri (2007-09-04). "Fall TV Preview: Adam Arkin". American Jewish Life Magazine. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-07. 

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