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Alan Arkin        

Actor and Director; Known for "Argo" and "Little Miss Sunshine"

Alan Arkin performed with folk music groups from the late 1950s to the late '60s. He was nominated for an Academy Award for best actor for his screen acting debut, "The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming," and he was nominated again two years later for his performance in "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter." In 2007, Arkin received his third Oscar nomination for a supporting role in the indie film "Little Miss Sunshine."

Raised in a Jewish family, Arkin attended high school in Los Angeles, California, while studying at various drama schools on scholarship. He dropped out of college to perform with the music group The Tarriers, most noted for the 1956 hit "The Banana Boat Song." From 1958 to 1968, Arkin was a member of the children's folk group The Baby Sitters.

An original member of Chicago's acclaimed Second City improv group, Arkin was in many notable films, including "Wait Until Dark" with Audrey Hepburn, "Catch-22," "Glengarry Glen Ross" and "Edward Scissorhands."

He has also written several science fiction stories and children's books. He is the father of actors Adam Arkin, Anthony Arkin, and Matthew Arkin.

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Alan Arkin relishes his role as a team player | Hollywood | Jewish ...

2013/02/19 - Alan Arkin is not an actor who seeks individual glory. But that hasn't prevented the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from singling him ...

Alan Arkin Didn't Realize Bryan Cranston Was In 'Little Miss Sunshine'

Two years before he was Walter White, Bryan Cranston co-starred as the slimy Stan Grossman in "Little Miss Sunshine." For those who don't remember his ...

Alan Arkin Joins 'Million Dollar Arm' (EXCLUSIVE) | Variety

Alan Arkin has come on board Disney's baseball drama “Million Dollar Arm” opposite Jon Hamm. SEE MORE: From the April 16, 2013 issue of Variety. Mayhem ...

Alan Arkin: Seth MacFarlane 'More Crude Than Necessary'

LOS ANGELES — You think the Academy Awards are boring? Try the nominations.

Alan Arkin on his Oscar nod for 'Argo,' Ben Affleck's snub: 'I think he's

Of all the snubs for this year's Academy Awards, one of the biggest shockers has easily been Ben Affleck's missing nomination for directing Argo. But Affleck ...

Alan Arkin talks about 'Argo' and awards - Los Angeles Times

When Ben Affleck began casting his acclaimed political-thriller "Argo," the first number he dialed was Alan Arkin's. And the moment Arkin comes on screen as ...

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