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ALAN ARKIN (The Chief) has long been recognized as an actor of great talent and versatility on stage, screen and television. He won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, the 2007 BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor, the 2007 SAG Award for Best Motion Picture Cast Performance and the 2007 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male for his performance in "Little Miss Sunshine.”

Most recently, Arkin starred in "Rendition,” opposite Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal and Meryl Streep, and in "Sunshine Cleaning,” with Emily Blunt and Amy Adams, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2008. He will next star opposite Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson in the comedy "Marley & Me,” for director David Frankel, and "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee,” for director Rebecca Miller.

Born in New York, Arkin launched his career with the Chicago improvisational revue Second City. This led to his first part on Broadway, the lead in Carl Reiner's "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, co-wrote (with Elaine May) and starred in 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 Circle in the Square, after which he won an Obie Award for directing Jules Feiffer's "Little Murders,” which he followed with Feiffer's "The White House Murder Case”; the three shows kept 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 Arkin; and "Room Service,” at the Roundabout in New York.

Arkin's 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 Film Critics Circle Award for his performance in "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.” A second New York Film Critics Circle Award followed for his role in "Hearts of the West.” Arkin's film credits include roles in "Catch 22”; "Little Murders,” which he also directed; "Joshua: Then and Now”; "The In-Laws”; "Edward Scissorhands”; "Havana”; "Glengarry Glenn 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”; and "The Novice.”

He has written and directed two short films, "T.G.I.F.” and "People Soup.” The former opened the New York Film Festival, while the latter received an Oscar nomination for Best Short Subject.

Arkin starred in the highly acclaimed A&E series "100 Centre Street,” written and directed by Sidney Lumet. Other television appearances include his Emmy Award-nominated performances in "The Pentagon Papers,” for FX, and "Escape from Sobibor.” He guest starred as the father of real-life son Adam on "Chicago Hope,” which earned him another Emmy nomination, and 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.

He 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.

Arkin also devotes his time to music and writing. He has written six books published by Harper/Collins, and his children's book entitled "Cassie Loves Beethoven” was published by Hyperion. An earlier work, "The Lemming Condition,” has sold s

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