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ALAN ARKIN (Bucky) , 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, 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 Supporting Role.
Arkin 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, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Additionally Arkin earned two Genie Awards including Best Performance by an
Actor in a Supporting Role from his performance in Joshua Then and Now and Best
Performance by a Foreign Actor from his performance in Improper Channels.
Arkin's recent credits include co-starring with Jon Hamm in Million Dollar Arm;
director Peter Segal's comedy Grudge Match with Robert De Niro and Sylvester
Stallone; The Incredible Burt Wonderstone with Steve Carell and Jim Carrey; and
the crime comedy Stand Up Guys with Al Pacino and Christopher Walken, directed by
Fisher Stevens. Arkin's recent credits also include the family hit The Muppets,
the comedy The Change-Up, the heartwarming Marley & Me, and the action comedy
Get Smart. Arkin will be seen next year in Zach Braff's new film Going in Style.
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 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 50 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 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
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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