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Alan Arkin Wiki:

American actor, director, and playwright Alan Wolf Arkin died on June 29, 2023. He was born on March 26, 1934. He won several honors over a seven-decade career, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Tony Award. He was nominated for six Primetime Emmy Awards for his work in television.

Arkin’s Broadway theatrical debut came in 1963 when he played David Kolowitz in the Joseph Stein play Enter Laughing, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. The next year, in 1964, he made a comeback as an actor in the play Luv. He was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play for directing Neil Simon’s humorous play The Sunshine Boys in 1971.

Alan Arkin Age, and Bio:

Alan Wolf Arkin was born in Brooklyn, New York, on March 26, 1934. He was the son of Beatrice (née Wortis), a teacher, and David I. Arkin, a writer and painter. His Jewish family’s upbringing “put no emphasis on religion.” From Germany, Russia, and Ukraine, his paternal grandpa immigrated to our nation as a Jew. Alan’s family moved to Los Angeles when he was 11 years old, but an eight-month Hollywood strike cost him his set designer job.

During the 1950s Red Scare, Arkin’s parents were thought to be Communists, and his father lost his job for refusing to share his political views. David Arkin fought against being fired, but it wasn’t until after he passed away that he received justice.

Arkin has won scholarships to study at a variety of theatrical schools, including one run by Benjamin Zemach, a student of Stanislavsky since he started taking acting lessons at the age of 10. Arkin acquired a psychological approach to acting at Zemach’s academy. Arkin attended Los Angeles State College from 1951 to 1953. He also attended Bennington College.

BornMarch 26, 1934
DiedJune 29, 2023 (aged 89)
Birth PlaceBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
Age (As of 2023)89 Years
Real NameAlan Wolf Arkin
Professional NameAlan Arkin
ProfessionAmerican Actor, Director, and Screenwriter
Net Worth (2023)$20 Million
Zodiac SignAries
Sex OrientationStraight
SchoolBenjamin Franklin Senior High School
CollegeBennington College, Los Angeles City College 
Educational QualificationsGraduate
ReligionJudaism
EthnicityJewish

Alan Arkin Height and Weight, and Body Measurements:

Alan Arkin - Oscar Winning Actor Dies at 89, Latest News Today

Alan Arkin Height and Weight

Height (Centimeters)177 cm
Height (meters)1.77 m
Height (Inches)5 Feet 10 Inches
Weight (Kilograms)72 Kg 
Weight (Pounds)158 lbs

Alan Arkin Body Measurements:

Hair ColorGray
Eye’s ColorBrown

Alan Arkin Net Worth:

Net Worth in 2023$3 Million
Income SourceMovies and Shows

Alan Arkin Personal Life and Marital Status:

On March 26, 1934, Alan Wolf Arkin was born in Brooklyn, New York. He was the son of writer and painter David I. Arkin and his wife, teacher Beatrice (née Wortis). There was “no emphasis on religion” in his Jewish family’s upbringing. His paternal grandfather came to this country as Jews from Germany, Russia, and Ukraine.

When Alan was 11 years old, his family relocated to Los Angeles, but an eight-month Hollywood strike cost his father his job as a set designer. Arkin’s parents were suspected of being Communists during the Red Scare of the 1950s, and his father lost his job for refusing to discuss his political beliefs. David Arkin contested his termination, but it wasn’t until after his passing that he was vindicated.

Since he began taking acting classes at age 10, Arkin has received scholarships to study at a number of theatre schools, including one operated by Benjamin Zemach, a pupil of Stanislavsky. At Zemach’s academy, Arkin learned a psychological approach to acting. From 1951 to 1953, Arkin studied at Los Angeles State College. Additionally, he went to Bennington College.

Alan Arkin’s Parents and Family:

Three marriages totaled for Arkin, two of which ended in divorce. Adam Arkin was born on August 19, 1956, and Matthew Arkin was born on March 21, 1960. He and Jeremy Yaffe (married 1955–1961) have two kids. From 1964 through 1994, he was wed to actress-screenwriter Barbara Dana, who co-starred with him in 1970s episodes of Sesame Street. In Chappaqua, New York, they called home. Anthony (Tony) Dana Arkin, their son, was born in 1967. Arkin wed Suzanne Newlander, a psychiatrist, in 1996; he used Suzanne’s last name for his Norman Newlander character in The Kominsky Method.

Father NameDavid I. Arkin
Mother NameBeatrice Arkin
Brother’s NameBob Arkin
Uncle’s NameJoseph Wortis
CousinAvi

Alan Arkin Marital Status and Relationship:

Marital StatusMarried
Children3 (Adam Arkin, Matthew Arkin, and Anthony Arkin)

Alan Arkin Wives:

1. Jeremy Yaffe (1955-1961)

Alan Arkin - Oscar Winning Actor Dies at 89, Latest News Today

2. Barbara Dana (1964-1994)

Alan Arkin - Oscar Winning Actor Dies at 89, Latest News Today

3. Suzanne Newlander(1996-)

Alan Arkin - Oscar Winning Actor Dies at 89, Latest News Today

Alan Arkin Movies, TV Shows, and Career:

Alan Arkin - Oscar Winning Actor Dies at 89, Latest News Today

1960s: Early work

Early roles and Broadway debut:

Alan Arkin was a founding member of the Second City comedy troupe in the 1960s. In a supporting part in the musical picture Calypso Heat Wave, he made his acting debut in a feature film in 1957. He made guest appearances in episodes of ABC Stage 67 (1966) and East Side/West Side (1964) in the early 1960s. At the Royale Theatre in 1961, he also made his Broadway debut as a performer in From the Second City.

In 1963, Arkin played David Kolowitz on Broadway in Joseph Stein’s comedy piece Enter Laughing. Howard Taubman, a writer for The New York Times, gave the play a mixed rating but praised Arkin’s performance as “a choice specimen of a shrewd actor ribbing his profession” despite the play’s unfavorable reviews.
For his work, he received a Theatre World Award and the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.
He returned to Broadway the next year to perform in Mike Nichols’ Luv as Harry Berlin. Arkin took the starring role with Anne Jackson and Eli Wallach.

Film work and stardom:

Alan Arkin co-starred with Carl Reiner and Eva Marie Saint in the comedy The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming by Norman Jewison in 1966. Arkin’s performance was hailed by Robert Alden of The New York Times, who called it his “first full-length film appearance and a particularly wonderful performance.” Arkin was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor and a BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer for his performance.

Additionally, he was honored with the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy. The year after, he had guest appearances in Wait Until Dark with Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine as well as the sex comedy Woman Times Seven directed by Vittorio De Sica.

After Peter Sellers distanced himself from the role, he played Inspector Jacques Clouseau in the third Pink Panther film, Inspector Clouseau, which was released in 1968. However, Penelope Gilliatt of The New Yorker termed the movie “an incredibly bad film, but Alan Arkin is sometimes very funny in it, especially when he doesn’t try to be.” The movie was not well received by Sellers’ admirers or reviewers. He appeared in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968) as a deaf mute in a tiny southern community during the Great Depression.

He was nominated for both the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama and the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance. He also received the Best Actor prize from the New York Film Critics Circle. He co-starred with Rita Moreno in Arthur Hiller’s comedy Popi in 1969. The main character of the movie is a Puerto Rican widower who lives in Spanish Harlem in New York City and is trying to raise his two young boys. Arkin was nominated once more for a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama.

People Soup, a 12-minute children’s movie directed by Arkin in 1969 and featuring his sons Adam and Matthew, received an Oscar nomination. People Soup, a fiction about two boys who experiment with various cooking items until they create a magical soup that turns people into various animals and objects, is based on a tale of the same name he published in Galaxy Science Fiction in 1958.

1970s: Established Actor

Comedies and Dramas

Alan Arkin played Capt. John Yossarian in the Mike Nichols movie Catch-22 from 1970. The 1961 Joseph Heller novel of the same name served as the inspiration for this satirical black comedy war movie. Bob Balaban, Martin Balsam, Buck Henry, Bob Newhart, Austin Pendleton, Martin Sheen, Jon Voight, and Orson Welles were among the actors that acted alongside Arkin in the film. For his performance, Arkin was nominated for a Laurel Award. On the 1970–1971 season of Sesame Street, Arkin, and Barbara Dana, his second wife, played the comedic couple Larry and Phyllis, who settle their disputes by remembering how to say “cooperate.”

His 1971 film Little Murders, which won critical praise, is his best work as a filmmaker. A girl named Patsy (Marcia Rodd) brings her boyfriend Alfred (Elliott Gould) home to meet her dysfunctional family during a string of random shootings, garbage strikes, and electrical outages that are wreaking havoc on the neighborhood in this black comedy movie, which was written by cartoonist Jules Feiffer.

Roger Greenspan’s unfavorable initial review of the movie was followed by Vincent Canby’s more enthusiastic assessment in The New York Times. The Chicago Sun-Times review by Roger Ebert was positive and stated that “one of the reasons it works and is indeed a definitive reflection of America’s darker moods is that it breaks audiences down into isolated individuals, vulnerable and uncertain.” Moreover, Arkin produced Fire Sale (1977).

In the 1970s, Arkin acted in a variety of films, such as the road comedy Deadhead Miles by Vernon Zimmerman, the play Last of the Red Hot Lovers by Neil Simon, the Gene Saks film adaptation of the same name, the action comedy Freebie and the Bean, the black comedy Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins, the western comedy Hearts of the West, and the British mystery The Seven-Per-Cent Solution. He co-produced and acted in the buddy comedy The In-Laws in 1979. In a movie written by Andrew Bergman and directed by Arthur Hiller, Arkin played alongside Peter Falk. Both commercially and critically, the movie was a hit.

The Broadway version of Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys was directed by Arkin in 1975. He was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play Direction.

1980s: Escape from Sobibor

Despite receiving poor reviews for his performance in the Marshall Brickman comedy Simon in 1980, Alan Arkin was nominated for a Saturn Award. He appeared in three comedies the next year: Chu Chu and the Philly Flash with Carol Burnett, Full Moon High, and Improper Channels. In the 1980s, Arkin often made appearances in a variety of TV shows, such as The Muppet Show and St. Elsewhere. In the 1985 television movie The Fourth Wise Man with Martin Sheen and Eileen Brennan, Arkin played the lead role. In 1987, Arkin starred in the canceled sitcom Harry, which had four poorly received episodes. More significantly, he played Leon Felhendler in the television movie Escape from Sobibor that same year.

The central theme of the movie is the widespread breakout from the Sobibor Nazi death camp. Arkin was nominated for both the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie.

1990s: Supporting Roles

In 1990, Tim Burton’s fantasy love story Edward Scissorhands, starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder, included Alan Arkin in a minor part. Additionally, he made appearances in the 1992 movie version of the David Mamet play Glengarry Glen Ross starring Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, and Kevin Spacey, as well as the live-action Disney feature The Rocketeer from 1991 with Bill Campbell and Jennifer Connelly. He had appearances in the comedy So I Married an Axe Murderer and Indian Summer in 1993. In the Rob Reiner movie North the next year, Arkin played the lead role.

In 1996, Arkin starred alongside Nick Nolte, Sheryl Lee, John Goodman, and Kirsten Dunst in the movie version of the Kurt Vonnegut book Mother Night. The next year, Arkin acted in the science fiction dystopian movie Gattaca with Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman as well as the comedy Grosse Point Blank with John Cusack and Minnie Driver. In addition, Arkin was the director of Arigo (2000) and Samuel Beckett Is Coming Soon (1993).

2000s: Little Miss Sunshine

Alan Arkin starred alongside John Cusack, Julia Roberts, Billy Crystal, and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the comedy America’s Sweethearts in 2001. Alongside Matthew McConaughey, John Turturro, and Clea DuVall, he also participated in the drama Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, which was directed by Jill Sprecher. He was given the Boston Society of Film Critics’ Best Supporting Actor Award for his work. He got a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for his role in the 2003 television movie The Pentagon Papers, which also starred James Spader and Paul Giamatti.

He appeared in another television movie the same year called And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself, which starred Antonio Banderas in the title role. He had an appearance as Marty Adler in the 2005 episode “It’s a Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad World” of the NBC sitcom Will & Grace.

In the ensemble comedy-drama Little Miss Sunshine in 2006, which also starred Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, and Abigail Breslin, Arkin played a supporting part. He earned the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance as a foul-mouthed grandpa who enjoys sniffing drugs in the indie film Little Miss Sunshine. Arkin was the sixth oldest Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner at 72 years old.

As a U.S. senator in Rendition and as Bud Newman (Carol’s father) in The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, respectively, Arkin was chosen for supporting parts in 2006 and 2007. He had appearances in the comedies Marley & Me with Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, Get Smart with Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway, and Sunshine Cleaning with Emily Blunt and Amy Adams in 2008. He appears in Raymond De Felitta’s City Island (2010) and Rebecca Miller’s The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2010) the following year.

2010s: Continued Work

He starred alongside Ben Affleck, John Goodman, and Bryan Cranston in the thriller Argo in 2012 as Hollywood agent Lester Siegel. He lost to Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained despite receiving his second nomination for Best Supporting Actor, his fourth overall, for his performance. Additionally, he was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe Award. The Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture was given to him. He co-starred with Christopher Walken and Al Pacino in the crime film Stand Up Guys the same year.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Grudge Match, starring Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, and Kim Basinger, respectively, were comedies in which he acted alongside Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, and Jim Carrey. In films like the sports drama Million Dollar Arm (2014) with Jon Hamm, the holiday comedy Love the Coopers (2015), the comedy Going in Style (2017) with Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine, and Tim Burton’s Dumbo (2019), he continues to perform in supporting parts.

J. D. Salinger was portrayed by Arkin in the Netflix cartoon comedy BoJack Horseman from 2015 to 2016. He co-starred in the Netflix series The Kominsky Method from 2018 to 2019 with Michael Douglas, for which he was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, two Golden Globe Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film, and four Screen Actors Guild Awards.

2020s: Final Roles

In this decade, Arkin played his final two cinema roles. His debut role was in the 2020 Netflix movie Spenser Confidential, which also starred Mark Wahlberg and Winston Duke. In the 2022 animated feature Minions: The Rise of Gru, which was released to critical acclaim and box office success, he had his final turn as the voice of Wild Knuckles. Prior to his passing, Arkin had been cast in the indie heist thriller The Smack, which was set to begin filming in September 2022.

Alan Arkin Movies:

YearTitleRole
1957Calypso Heat WaveTarriers lead singer
1963That’s MeUn­known
1966The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are ComingLt. Rozanov
1966The Last MohicanMr. Ableman
1967Woman Times SevenFred
1967Wait Until DarkRoat
Harry Roat Jr.
Harry Roat Sr.
1968Inspector ClouseauInspector Jacques Clouseau
1968The Heart Is a Lonely HunterJohn Singer
1969PopiAbraham Rodriguez
1969The MonitorsGarbage man in commercial
1969People SoupAdam
1970Catch-22Capt. John Yossarian
1971Little MurdersLt. Miles Practice
1972Deadhead MilesCooper
1972Last of the Red Hot LoversBarney Cashman
1974Freebie and the BeanDet. Sgt. Dan “Bean” Delgado
1975Rafferty and the Gold Dust TwinsGunny Rafferty
1975Hearts of the WestBurt Kessler
1976The Seven-Per-Cent SolutionSigmund Freud
1977Fire SaleEzra Fikus
1979The In-LawsSheldon S. Kornpett, D.D.S.
1979The Magician of LublinYasha Mazur
1980SimonProf. Simon Mendelssohn
1981Improper ChannelsJeffrey Martley
1981Chu Chu and the Philly FlashFlash
1981Full Moon HighDr. Brand
1982The Last UnicornSchmendrick
1983The Return of Captain InvincibleCaptain Invincible
1985Joshua Then and NowReuben Shapiro
1985Bad MedicineDr. Ramón Madera
1986Big TroubleLeonard Hoffman
1987Escape from SobiborLeon Feldhendler
1990Coupe de VilleFred Libner
1990Edward ScissorhandsBill Boggs
1990HavanaJoe Volpi
1991The RocketeerA. “Peevy” Peabody
1992Glengarry Glen RossGeorge Aaronow
1993Indian SummerUnca Lou Handler
1993So I Married an Axe MurdererPolice Captain
1993Samuel Beckett Is Coming SoonThe Director
1994NorthJudge Buckle
1995Picture WindowsTully
1995The Jerky Boys: The MovieErnie Lazarro
1995Steal Big Steal LittleLou Perilli
1996Heck’s Way HomeDogcatcher
1996Mother NightGeorge Kraft
1997Grosse Pointe BlankDr. Oatman
1997Four Days in SeptemberCharles Burke Elbrick
1997GattacaDet. Hugo
1998Slums of Beverly HillsMurray Samuel Abromowitz
1999Jakob the LiarMax Frankfurter
2000MagiciansMilo
2001America’s SweetheartsWellness Guide
2001Thirteen Conversations About One ThingGene
2004ErosDr. Pearl
Hal
2004NoelArtie Venizelos
2006Little Miss SunshineEdwin Hoover
2006FirewallArlin Forester
2006The NoviceFather Benkhe
2006The Santa Clause 3: The Escape ClauseBud Newman
2006Raising FlaggFlagg Purdy
2007RenditionSenator Hawkins
2008Sunshine CleaningJoe Lorkowski
2008Get SmartThe Chief
2008Marley & MeArnie Klein
2009The Private Lives of Pippa LeeHerb Lee
2009City IslandMichael Malakov
2011Thin IceGorvy Hauer
2011The Change-UpMitchell Planko Sr.
2011The MuppetsTour Guide
2012ArgoLester Siegel
2012Stand Up GuysRichard Hirsch
2013The Incredible Burt WonderstoneRance Holloway
2013In SecurityOfficer Riggs
2013Grudge MatchLouis “Lightning” Conlon
2014Million Dollar ArmRay Poitevint
2015Love the CoopersBucky
2017Going in StyleAlbert Garner
2019DumboJ. Griffin Remington
2020Spenser ConfidentialHenry Cimoli
2022Minions: The Rise of GruWild Knuckles
TBAThe Smack

Alan Arkin Television:

YearTitleRole
1964East Side/West SideTed Miller
1966ABC Stage 67Barney Kempinski
1970–1971Sesame StreetLarry
1978The Other Side of HellFrank Dole
The Defection of Simas KudirkaSimas Kudirka
1979Carol Burnett & CompanyHimself
1980The Muppet ShowHimself
1983St. ElsewhereJerry Singleton
1985Faerie Tale TheatreBo
The Fourth Wise ManOrontes
1986A Deadly BusinessHarold Kaufman
1987HarryHarry Porschak
Escape from SobiborLeon Feldhendler
1988Necessary PartiesArchie Corelli
1993CooperstownHarry Willette
Taking the HeatTommy Canard
1994Doomsday GunCol. Yossi
1995Picture WindowsTully
1997Chicago HopeZoltan Karpathein
1999Blood MoneyWilly “The Hammer” Canzaro
2001Varian’s WarBill Freier
2001–2002100 Centre StreetJoe Rifkind
2003The Pentagon PapersHarry Rowen
And Starring Pancho Villa as HimselfSam Drebben
2005Will & GraceMarty Adler
2015–2016BoJack HorsemanJ. D. Salinger
2017Get ShortyEugene
2018–2019The Kominsky MethodNorman Newlander

Alan Arkin Theatre:

YearTitleRole
1961From the Second CityPerformer
1963Enter LaughingPerformer – David Kolowitz
1964LuvPerformer – Harry Berlin
1966Hail Scrawdyke!Director
1972The Sunshine BoysDirector
1973MollyDirector
1998Power PlaysDirector/Co-Writer/Performer
2000Taller Than a DwarfDirector

Alan Arkin Awards:

At the San Diego Film Festival in 2014, Alan Arkin received the Gregory Peck Award for Cinematic Excellence in recognition of his lifetime’s work.

Alan Arkin Bibliography:

Alan Arkin - Oscar Winning Actor Dies at 89, Latest News Today

The Lemming Condition (illustrated by Joan Sandin, 1976), Halfway Through the Door: An Actor’s Journey Towards Self (1979), and The Clearing (1986 continuation of Lemming) are among the many books written and drawn by Arkin. An Improvised Life (2011) and Out of My Mind (2018) are his two autobiographies.

Alan Arkin Singing:

He founded the folk band The Tarriers with Erik Darling and Bob Carey, which included Arkin on guitar and singing. The band members collaborated on the composition of the group’s 1956 hit song, “The Banana Boat Song,” which was a rearrangement of the classic Jamaican calypso folk song of the same name and another song titled “Hill and Gully Rider” with some new lyrics. The same year as Harry Belafonte’s more well-known smash rendition, it peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard magazine list. The ensemble sang “Banana Boat Song” and “Choucoune” in the 1957 calypso-exploitation movie Calypso Heat Wave. The Tarriers’ #1 hit single “Cindy, Oh Cindy” was recorded when Arkin was a member of the group.

Arkin played and made recordings with the kids’ folk ensemble The Baby Sitters from 1958 until 1968. Alongside Madeline Kahn’s Cunegonde, he also played the part of Dr. Pangloss in a concert production of Leonard Bernstein’s opera Candide. He contributed two songs to Ben Bagley’s CD Contemporary Broadway Revisited from the composer’s Jones and Schmidt in 1985.

Alan Arkin Death:

At the age of 89, Arkin passed away at his home in Carlsbad, California, on June 29, 2023. He has a history of cardiovascular issues.

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