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ALAN ARKIN has long been recognized as an actor of great talent and versatility on stage, screen and television. Born in New York, Alan launched his career with Chicago's Second City improvisational revue. This led to his first part on Broadway, the lead in Carl Reiner's play "Enter Laughing,” for which he won a Tony Award. After becoming a successful actor and director on Broadway, Arkin received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his first feature film, Norman Jewison's THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING, THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING. He received a second Oscar nomination and the New York Critic's Award for his performance in THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER. Some of his many other films have included WAIT UNTIL DARK, CATCH-22, the original version of THE IN-LAWS, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, MOTHER NIGHT, and THIRTEEN CONVERSATIONS ABOUT ONE THING. He has written and directed two short films, T.G.I.F. and PEOPLE SOUP. The first opened the 1967 New York Film Festival, and the latter received an Oscar nomination.

Arkin starred in the highly acclaimed A&E television series "100 Centre Street” written and directed by Sidney Lumet. Other television appearances include his Emmy-nominated performances in 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. He was seen in HBO's AND STARRING PANCHO VILLA AS HIMSELF with Antonio Banderas for director Bruce Beresford, as well as in Steven Soderbergh's episode of the anthology film EROS. Arkin most recently starred in FIREWALL with Harrison Ford, and voiced a character in Jerry Seinfeld's upcoming animated BEE MOVIE. He will also be seen in the forthcoming SANTA CLAUSE 3 with Tim Allen

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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