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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" for PBS.

When not occupied as an actor

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