42 Facts About Alan Arkin


Alan Wolf Arkin was born on March 26,1934 and is an American actor, director, and screenwriter known for his performances on stage and screen.


Alan Arkin gained stardom acting in The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, Wait Until Dark, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Popi, Catch-22, The In-Laws, Edward Scissorhands, Glengarry Glen Ross, Grosse Point Blank, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, Little Miss Sunshine, Get Smart, and Argo.


Alan Arkin is known for his roles in television including his performances as Leon Felhendler in Escape from Sobibor, and as Harry Rowen in The Pentagon Papers which he earned Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Series or Movie nominations.


Alan Arkin was raised in a Jewish family with "no emphasis on religion".


Alan Arkin's grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Ukraine, Russia, and Germany.


Alan Arkin's parents moved to Los Angeles when Alan was 11, but an 8-month Hollywood strike cost his father his job as a set designer.


David Alan Arkin challenged the dismissal, but he was vindicated only after his death.


Alan Arkin, who had been taking acting lessons since age 10, became a scholarship student at various drama academies, including one run by the Stanislavsky student Benjamin Zemach, who taught Alan Arkin a psychological approach to acting.


Alan Arkin attended Los Angeles State College from 1951 to 1953.


Alan Arkin was an early member of the Second City comedy troupe in the 1960s.


Alan Arkin made his Broadway debut as a performer in From the Second City at the Royale Theatre in 1961.


Alan Arkin starred in 1963 on Broadway as David Kolowitz in Joseph Stein's comedic play Enter Laughing.


Critic Howard Taubman of The New York Times gave the play a mixed review but praised Alan Arkin's performance, describing it as "a choice specimen of a shrewd actor ribbing his profession".


Robert Alden of The New York Times praised Alan Arkin's performance describing it as his, "first full-length film appearance and a particularly wonderful performance".


Alan Arkin won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor.


Alan Arkin co-starred alongside Bob Balaban, Martin Balsam, Buck Henry, Bob Newhart, Austin Pendleton, Martin Sheen, Jon Voight, and Orson Welles.


Alan Arkin's most acclaimed directorial effort is Little Murders, released in 1971.


Alan Arkin starred opposite Peter Falk in a film directed by Arthur Hiller written by Andrew Bergman.


In 1975, Alan Arkin directed the Broadway production of Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys.


Alan Arkin received the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play nomination.


In 1980 Alan Arkin starred in the Marshall Brickman comedy Simon which gained mixed reviews but earned him a Saturn Award nomination.


Alan Arkin later appeared in 1987 on the sitcom Harry, which was canceled after four low-rated episodes.


In 1985 Alan Arkin starred in the television film The Fourth Wise Man starring Martin Sheen, and Eileen Brennan.


In 1990, Alan Arkin appeared in a supporting role in Tim Burton's fantasy romance Edward Scissorhands starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder.


Alan Arkin appeared in the live action Disney film The Rocketeer starring Bill Campbell and Jennifer Connelly, and the film adaptation of the David Mamet play Glengarry Glen Ross starring Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, and Kevin Spacey.


In 1996 Alan Arkin appeared in the film adaptation of the Kurt Vonnegut novel Mother Night starring Nick Nolte, Sheryl Lee, John Goodman, and Kirsten Dunst.


Alan Arkin Directed Samuel Beckett Is Coming Soon, and Arigo.


Alan Arkin starred in the Jill Sprecher directed drama Thirteen Conversations About One Thing with Matthew McConaughey, John Turturro, and Clea DuVall.


In 2006, Alan Arkin appeared in a supporting role in the ensemble comedy-drama Little Miss Sunshine opposite Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, and Abigail Breslin.


Alan Arkin received nominations for the Golden Globe Award, the BAFTA Award and Screen Actors Guild Award.


Alan Arkin did receive the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.


Alan Arkin continued to act in supporting roles in films such as the sports drama Million Dollar Arm with Jon Hamm, the Christmas comedy Love the Coopers, the comedy Going in Style with Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine and Tim Burton's Dumbo.


From 2015 to 2016 Alan Arkin voiced JD Salinger in the Netflix animated series BoJack Horseman.


Alan Arkin is the author of many books, including Tony's Hard Work Day, The Lemming Condition, Halfway Through the Door: An Actor's Journey Toward Self, and The Clearing.


Alan Arkin has released two memoirs: An Improvised Life and Out of My Mind.


Alan Arkin was a member of The Tarriers when they recorded "Cindy, Oh Cindy" which went to the top of the charts.


From 1958 to 1968, Alan Arkin performed and recorded with the children's folk group The Baby Sitters.


Alan Arkin performed the role of Dr Pangloss in a concert staging of Leonard Bernstein's operetta Candide, alongside Madeline Kahn's Cunegonde.


Alan Arkin has been married three times, with two ending in divorce.


Alan Arkin was married to actress-screenwriter Barbara Dana from 1964 to 1994: she appeared with him in segments of Sesame Street in the 1970s.


In 1996, Alan Arkin married psychotherapist Suzanne Newlander, whose surname he adopted for his character Norman Newlander in The Kominsky Method.


In 2014, Alan Arkin received the Gregory Peck Award for Cinematic Excellence to honor his life's work at the San Diego Film Festival.