ALAN ARKIN (Lester Siegel), long one of the most respected artists of the stage
and screen, won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance
in the 2006 hit "Little Miss Sunshine." For his role, Arkin also won an
Independent Spirit Award and a BAFTA Award, and shared in a Screen Actors Guild
(SAG) Award for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast, in addition to receiving an
individual SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a
Following "Argo," Arkin has a range of films forthcoming, including "Stand Up
Guys," and "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone." His latest credits include the
family hit "The Muppets," the comedy "The Change-Up," the heartwarming "Marley &
Me" and the action comedy "Get Smart."
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Arkin launched his career with Chicago's
improvisational revue "Second City." This led to his 1963 Broadway bow in the
play "Enter Laughing," based on Carl Reiner's book, for which Arkin won a Tony
Award. The following year, he starred on Broadway in Murray Schisgal's hit
In 1966, Arkin made his major feature film debut, starring in Norman Jewison's
comedy smash "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming." For his
performance in the comedy, Arkin earned his first Oscar nomination, for Best
Actor, and won a Golden Globe Award. He garnered a second Best Actor Oscar
nomination for his performance in the 1968 drama "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,"
for which he also won a New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) Award and received
a Golden Globe nomination. He gained another Golden Globe nomination for the
title role in "Popi."
With more than 70 films spanning over 45 years, his long list of credits also
includes "Wait Until Dark"; "Catch-22"; "Little Murders," which marked his
feature film directorial debut; "Hearts of the West," for which he won an NYFCC
Award; "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution"; "The In-Laws"; "Edward Scissorhands";
"Havana"; "Glengarry Glen Ross"; "Mother Night"; "So I Married an Axe Murderer";
"Grosse Point Blank"; "Gattaca"; "Slums of Beverly Hills"; "Jakob the Liar";
"America's Sweethearts"; "Thirteen Conversations About One Thing," receiving
another Spirit Award nomination; "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause";
"Rendition"; "Thin Ice"; "City Island"; and "Sunshine Cleaning." He has also
directed several short films, including "People Soup," which was
Oscar -nominated for Best Live Action Short.
Arkin has also been recognized for his work on television, earning four Emmy
Award nominations, the most recent for his performance in the telefilm "The
Pentagon Papers." He also earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his work
in the true-life Holocaust drama "Escape from Sobibor." His other Emmy nods came
for his guest role on "Chicago Hope" and the drama "ABC Stage 67." Among his
many other television credits, Arkin starred in the acclaimed A&E series "100
Centre Street," created, written and directed by Sidney Lumet and also appeared
in the Showtime movie "Varian's War." In addition, Arkin directed the television
adaptation of the Broadway play "Twigs," starring Carol Burnett, and two
episodes of the PBS series "Trying Times."
Arkin began directing for the stage in 1966 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." He won Drama Desk Awards for his direction of both plays,
also presented at Circle in
the Square. On Broadway, Arkin directed the Neil Simon hit "The Sunshine Boys,"
for which he was nominated for a Tony for Best Direction of a Play. In 1998, he
directed, starred in and co-wrote, with Elaine May, the hit production of "Power
Plays" at the Promenade Theatre. His directing work also includes the Broadway
musical "Molly"; "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.
Arkin has also written several books, including eight children's books, the
latest entitled Tony's Hard Work Day. An earlier book, The Lemming Condition,
was honored by The Book Sellers of America by being placed in the White House
Library. In 2011, Arkin released a memoir entitled An Improvised Life.
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