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ALAN ARKIN (Ray Poitevint) has long been one of the most
respected artists of the stage and screen. He won
an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 2006 hit
"Little Miss Sunshine." For
this role, Arkin also won an Independent Spirit Award and a BAFTA Award, and
shared in a SAG Award for
Outstanding Motion Picture Cast, in addition to receiving an individual SAG
Award nomination for Outstanding
Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.
Arkin most recently earned Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award nominations
for his supporting performance
in director Ben Affleck's Oscar-winning Best Picture "Argo," which also won
the BAFTA Award for Best Picture
in 2013. He was additionally nominated by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the London Critics Circle Film
Awards and the Screen Actors Guild.
His recent credits include director Peter Segal's comedy "Grudge Match"
starring Robert De Niro and Sylvester
Stallone; "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" with Steve Carell and Jim Carrey;
the crime comedy "Stand Up
Guys" with Al Pacino and Christopher Walken, directed Fisher Stevens; the family
hit "The Muppets"; the comedy
"The Change-Up"; the heartwarming "Marley & Me"; and the action comedy "Get
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Arkin launched his career with Chicago's
improvisational revue The 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 "LUV."
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
include "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 sorhands";
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, most
recently 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 Hoff man at Circle in
the Square. He then won an Obie for directing Jules Feiff er'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 Theater, 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 American
Booksellers Association by being
placed in the White House Library. In 2011, Arkin released a memoir entitled
"An Improvised Life."
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