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ALAN ARKIN (Mitch's Dad) has long been recognized as an actor of great talent and versatility on stage, screen and television. For his role in Little Miss Sunshine, Arkin won the Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor, the BAFTA for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and the Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male in 2007. Arkin recently completed filming The Muppets, for Walt Disney Studios.

Born in New York, Arkin launched his career with Chicago's improvisational revue The 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 in 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 Theatre. He then won an Obie Award 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 Theatre tied up for several years. These productions were followed by The Sunshine Boys, on Broadway; Rubbers and Yanks Three Detroit 0 Top of the Seventh, at The American Place Theatre; Joan of Lorraine, at the Hartman Theater in Stamford; The Sorrows of Stephen, at the Burt Reynolds Jupiter Theater, starring his son, Adam; and Room Service, at the Roundabout Theatre in New York.

Arkin's first feature, The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming, earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Actor—Comedy or Musical, as well as an Oscar® nomination. He received a second Oscar® nomination and a 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. His other films have included City Island, Sunshine Cleaning, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, Slums of Beverly Hills, Grosse Pointe Blank, Glengarry Glen Ross, Jakob the Liar, Gattaca, America's Sweethearts, Edward Scissorhands, Little Murders (which he also directed), Catch-22, The In-Laws, Havana, Four Days in September, Mother Night, Joshua Then and Now, The Novice, Noel and Steal Big Steal Little. His fi lm The Convincer, directed by Jill Sprecher, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011. He has written and directed two short films: T.G.I.F. and People Soup. The former opened the New York Film Festival and the latter received an Oscar® nomination for Best Short Subject (Live Action).

Arkin starred in the highly acclaimed A&E series 100 Centre Street, written and directed by Sidney Lumet. His other television appearances include his Emmy-nominated performances in The Pentagon Papers, for FX Networks, 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 he also appeared in Showtime's Varian's War.

Arkin directed the television adaptation of the Broadway play Twigs, with Carol Burnett, and The Visit, with Jeff Daniels, Swoosie Kurtz and Julie Hagerty, an episode of Trying Times, 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 several books including eight children's books, the latest one titled "Tony's Hard Work Day.” An earlier work, "The Lemming Condition,” has sold steadily for 30 years and was honored by the American Booksellers Association by being placed in the White House Library. In March 2011, Arkin released a memoir titled "An Improvised Life,” published by Da Capo Press.


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