ALAN ARKIN (Arlin Forrester) has long been recognized as an actor of great talent and versatility on stage, screen and television. Born in New York, Arkin launched his career with 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 he won a Tony Award. The following year he appeared again on Broadway in Murray Schisgal's hit, LUV. In 1998 he directed, starred and co-wrote with Elaine May, the hit production of Power Plays at the Promenade Theatre.
Arkin began directing for the stage with the much acclaimed Eh?, starring Dustin Hoffman, at the Circle in the Square. He then won an Obie for directing Jules Feiffer's Little Murders, followed by Feiffer's The White House Murder Case, all three of which kept the Circle in the Square tied up for several years. These productions were followed by The Sunshine Boys on Broadway, Rubbers and Yanks Three at The American Place Theater, Joan of Lorraine at the Hartman in Stamford, The Sorrows of Stephen at the Burt Reynolds Theatre, starring his son Adam; and Room Service at the Roundabout in New York.
His first feature The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, as well as an Oscar nomination. He received a second Oscar nomination, and the New York Critics' Award, 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 other films have included Catch-22, Little Murders (which he also directed), Joshua: Then and Now, The In-Laws, Edward Scissorhands, Havana, Glengarry Glen Ross, Four Days in September, Mother Night, Slums of Beverly Hills, Gattaca, Steal Big, Steal Little, Jakob The Liar, Grosse Pointe Blank, America's Sweethearts, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, Noel and The Novice.
Arkin has written and directed two short films, T.G.I.F. and People Soup. The first opened the New York Film Festival and the latter received an Oscar nomination for Best Short Subject. Arkin recently completed the animated film Bee Movie, written and directed by Jerry Seinfeld, as well as the feature Little Miss Sunshine for directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.
Arkin starred in the highly acclaimed A&E series 100 Centre Street, written and directed by Sidney Lumet. Other television appearances include his Emmy-nominated performances in The Pentagon Papers for the FX network and Escape From Sobibor. He guest starred as the father of his real-life son Adam Arkin on Chicago Hope, which earned him yet another Emmy nomination, and also appeared in Showtime's Varian's War. He was recently seen in HBO's And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself with Antonio Banderas for director Bruce Beresford.
Arkin directed the television adaptation of the Broadway play Twigs with Carol Burnett, and The Visitor with Jeff Daniels, Swoozie Kurtz and Julie Haggerty, which won multiple international awards.
When not occupied as an actor or director, Arkin is likely to devote his time to music or writing. He has written six books, all published by Harper/Collins, the latest a children's book entitled Cassie Loves Beethoven, published by Hyperion. An earlier work, The Lemming Condition, has sold steadily for twenty years, and was honored by The Book Sellers of America by being placed in the White House Library.
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