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ALAN ARKIN (Arnie Klein) 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 Best Motion Picture Cast Performance by the SAG Awards and the 2007 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male - all for his performance in "Little Miss Sunshine." Most recently, Arkin played The Chief in "Get Smart" and was in the film "Rendition" starring opposite Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal and Meryl Streep. Next, he will be seen in "Sunshine Cleaning" starring opposite Emily Blunt and Amy Adams.

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 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"; these three plays 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 Arkin, and "Room Service" at the Roundabout in New York.

Arkin's debut feature film, "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." Arkin's other films have included "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," "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 starred in the highly acclaimed series "100 Centre Street," written and directed by Sidney Lumet. Other television work includes 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, on "Chicago Hope," which earned Alan yet another Emmy nomination. He also appeared in Showtime's "Varian's War," and 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, the latest a children's book entitled Cassie Loves Beethoven. 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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