SLUMS OF BEVERLY HILLS
ALAN ARKIN is Murray, a divorced father on the constant search for a better life
ALAN ARKIN is Murray, a divorced father on the constant
search for a better life.
Arkin launched his highly successful acting, directing and writing
career in the early '60s as an original member of Chicago's improvisational
revue, "Second City." Arkin's 1963 Broadway debut in
Carl Reiner's "Enter Laughing," earned him a Tony Award
and the following year he starred again on Broadway in Murray
Schisgal's hit, "Luv."
Arkin earned both a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar nomination
for Best Actor for his memorable feature film debut in "The
Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming." He received
a second Oscar nomination for his performance in "The Heart
is a Lonely Hunter." A second New York Critics Award followed
for his role in "Hearts of the West."
His many film credits include "Wait Until Dark," "Popi,"
"Catch 22," "Little Murders," "Freebie
and the Bean," "The Seven Percent Solution," "The
In-laws," "Simon" and "Chu Chu and the Philly
Flash." These were followed by "Improper Channels"
and "Joshua Then and Now," each of which earned him
a Canadian Academy Award. His most recent films include "Four
Days in September," "Gross Point Blank," "Gattaca,"
"The Eighth Day," "Mother Night," "Steal
Big, Steal Little," "Havana," "Edward Scissorhands,"
"The Rocketer," "Glengary Glen Ross" and "North."
On television, Arkin most recently starred in the HBO film, "Doomsday
Gun," which earned him a Cable Ace nomination and "The
Long Way Home" from Showtime. Arkin has also starred in "Deadly
Business," "The Defection of Simas Kudirka," "Escape
from Hell," "St. Elsewhere," "Busting Loose,"
"A Matter of Principle," "The Emperor's New Clothes"
and "Escape From Soribor," a three-hour CBS special
for which he received an Emmy nomination. He has been featured
on Sesame Street and, together with Barbara Dana, wrote, produced
and starred in "Necessary Parties," an award-winning
special for PBS. He also starred in "Cooperstown," which
earned him an Emmy nomination.
Besides acting, Arkin is a critically-acclaimed director. He began
directing for the stage with "Eh?," a play that introduced
Dustin Hoffman. Arkin went on to direct two Jules Feiffer productions,
"Little Murders," which he also directed for the big
screen and "The White House Murder Case," which won
Arkin an Obie for directing. These were followed by the original
Broadway production of Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys,"
"Joan of Lorraine" at the Hartman in Stanford, "Rubbers
and Yanks Three" at the American Place Theatre and "The
Sorrows of Stephen" at the Burt Reynolds Theatre, starring
his son, Adam. In 1986, he directed the off-Broadway hit production
of "Room Service." Arkin also wrote and directed two
short films, "T.G.I.F.," which opened the 1967 New York
Film Festival and "People Soup," which received an Oscar
nomination for Best Short Subject.
For television, Arkin directed the adaptation of the Broadway
play "Twigs" with Carol Burnett, the pilot "Fay"
with Lee Grant, and the multiple award-winning "The Visit"
When not occupied as an actor
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