Alan Arkin Overview:

Actor, Alan Arkin, was born Alan Wolf Arkin on Mar 26, 1934 in New York City, NY. As of December 2020, Alan Arkin was 86 years old.



Alan Arkin was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning one for Best Supporting Actor for Little Miss Sunshine (as Grandpa) in 2006.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1966Best ActorThe Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming (1966)RozanovNominated
1968Best ActorThe Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968)SingerNominated
2006Best Supporting ActorLittle Miss Sunshine (2006)GrandpaWon

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Though I will never get over the trauma of my first viewing of Wait Until Dark (1967), I have returned to it several times over the years. Even once you know its secrets, it retains its stomach churning power to chill. It is also a showcase for some of the best performances of its stars, Audrey Hepb... Read full article

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Alan Arkin Quotes:

Roat: I cannot negotiate in an atmosphere of mistrust.

Carlino: We don't work safes.
Roat: I know. But you talk. And that's why you've been invited to this party. To talk you way into that big black safe, Sergeant.
Mike Talman: There's a locked closet in the bedroom.
Roat: Oh, no, not there. It's just clothes.
Mike Talman: How do you know?
Roat: I looked.
Mike Talman: You have the key?
Roat: It's on the ledge above the door.
Mike Talman: No it isn't.
Roat: Well, they must have taken it with them.
Mike Talman: They lock the closet, but don't bolt the front door?
Roat: They're strange people; they lose dolls.

Roat: [about the murdered Lisa] Well, she was trespassing, Mike... poaching. Going into the business for herself. Bad news. Things like that go on way a-half. Anarchy. No discipline, no sense of order. Bad news.

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In the foreword for the Second City book, Arkin revealed that he was reluctant to head to Chicago. He says that his first paying job as an actor was in St. Louis, where he ran into a fellow who was starting up the Second City theater troupe in Chicago, and said that if Arkin were ever to come to Chicago, he would hire him. Arkin halfheartedly agreed, thinking that it was just a joke, and headed back to New York for another year as a struggling actor. Arkin called the man and asked if a position was still open. The man confirmed it and Arkin headed to Chicago, thinking that his life was over. But when he joined Second City, he said that he realized he was with a group of people who fostered the kind of acting that he was involved in, and protected him from the fear of the world.

Wrote "The Lemming Condition," "Cassie Loves Beethoven" and "One Present for Flekman's."

He was originally slated to play Saul Bloom in Steven Soderbergh's remake of Ocean's Eleven (2001); after dropping out of the production, he was replaced by Carl Reiner. Arkin won a 1963 Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Play as well as a Theatre World Award playing a character based on Carl Reiner in the Broadway production of Reiner's autobiographical novel Enter Laughing (1967).

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