Alan Arkin Overview:

Actor, Alan Arkin, was born Alan Wolf Arkin on Mar 26, 1934 in New York City, NY. Arkin died at the age of 89 on Jun 29, 2023 in San Marcos, CA .

HONORS and AWARDS:

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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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Warner Archive Blu-ray: Terrorizes Audrey Hepburn in Wait Until Dark (1967)

By KC on Mar 27, 2017 From Classic Movies

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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on Aug 21, 2015 From Journeys in Classic Film

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Alan Arkin Quotes:

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.


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.


Mike Talman: And you? What's your favorite toy?
Roat: [pulls out a mini statue] Geraldine.
Carlino: What does she do?
[a large blade comes out horizontally from the feet of the statue]
Mike Talman: And may we have Geraldine on the table too?
Roat: No, we may not.
Carlino: Why the hell not?
Roat: Because she's the referee.


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Alan Arkin Facts
Although he usually plays quirky, fatherly types these days, back in the '60s and '70s he was known as an edgy, intense actor. His darkest role is almost certainly Harry Roat in Wait Until Dark (1967), who was a vicious but intelligent psychopath who terrifies a seemingly defenseless blind woman (played by Audrey Hepburn).

Was cast in the title role of Inspector Clouseau (1968) after Peter Sellers declined to reprise the role a third time. It was the last Clouseau film until Sellers returned to the role in The Return of the Pink Panther (1975).

Disowned his involvement in the film Freebie and the Bean (1974), saying he had only accepted the role because, "I needed the bread.".

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