JAKOB THE LIAR
ALAN ARKIN (Frankfurter)
was born in New York and launched his career with the original
company of Chicago's improvisational revue, "Second City."
This led to his first part on Broadway, the lead in Carl Reiner's
play "Enter Laughing," for which Arkin won a Tony Award.
The following year he starred again on Broadway in Murray Schisgal's
Arkin's first feature, "The Russians are Coming, The Russians
are Coming," earned him both a Golden Globe Award and an
Oscar nomination for Best Actor. He received a second Oscar nomination
for his performance in "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter."
His many film credits include "Wait Until Dark," "Popi,"
"Catch-22," "Little Murders," "Freebie
and 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 more recent films include "Edward
Scissorhands," "The Rocketeer," "Glengarry
Glen Ross," "Steal Big Steal Little," "Mother
Night," "Doomsday Gun" on HBO, "Grosse Pointe
Blank," "Four Days in September," "Gattaca"
and "Slums of Beverly Hills."
In addition to his acting career, Arkin has directed projects
for all media. His many directorial credits for the theatre include
several productions with Circle In The Square, including Jules
Feiffer's "The White House Murder Case," which earned
him an Obie Award and on Broadway, "The Sunshine Boys."
Arkin wrote and directed two short films, "T.G.I.F."
and "People Soup." The former opened the 1967 New York
Film Festival and the latter received an Oscar nomination for
best short subject. He went on to direct the feature film version
of "Little Murders."
For television, Arkin directed the adaptation of the Broadway
play "Twigs" with Carol Burnett, the pilot of "Fay"
with Lee Grant and the multiple-award winning "The Visit"
for PBS. In 1986, he directed the off-Broadway hit production
of "Room Service."
When not occupied as an actor or director, Arkin, a native New
Yorker, is likely to devote his time to writing or music. He has
had four books published by Harper & Row: Tony's Hard Work
Day, The Lemming Connection, chosen by the booksellers of America
to be placed in the White House Library, the autobiographical
Halfway Through the Door and The Clearing. A children's book written
for his granddaughter was published in 1994.
Arkin has appeared on over a dozen albums alone and with groups
such as The Tarriers. His songs have been sung by Carly Simon,
The Weavers and The Limelighters, and his recordings have been
selling steadily for over 30 years.
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