GOING IN STYLE
ALAN ARKIN (Albert Gardner) has long been one of the most
respected artists of the stage and screen. He won an Academy Award for Best
Supporting Actor for his performance in the 2006 hit "Little Miss Sunshine." For
his performance Arkin also won an Independent Spirit Award, a BAFTA Award, and
shared in a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast,
in addition to receiving an individual SAG Award nomination for Outstanding
Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.
Arkin earned Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award nominations for his supporting
performance in director Ben Affleck's Best Picture Oscar winning "Argo," which
also won the BAFTA Award for Best Picture in 2013. He was additionally nominated
by The Broadcast Film Critics Association, The London Critics Circle, and the
SAG Awards. Additionally, Arkin earned two Genie awards, including Best
Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in "Joshua Then and
Now," and Best Performance by a Foreign Actor for his performance in "Improper
Arkin's recent credits include the TV series "Bo-Jack Horseman," and the films
"Love the Coopers," with John Goodman, Ed Helms, and Diane Keaton; "Million
Dollar Arm," co-starring Jon Hamm; director Peter Segal's comedy "Grudge Match,"
with Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone; "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,"
with Steve Carell and Jim Carrey; and the crime comedy "Stand Up Guys," with Al
Pacino and Christopher Walken, directed by Fisher Stevens. Arkin's previous
credits include the family hit "The Muppets," the comedy "The Change-Up," the
heartwarming "Marley & Me," and the action comedy "Get Smart."
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Arkin launched his career with Chicago's
improvisational revue Second City. This led to his 1963 Broadway bow in the play
"Enter Laughing," based on Carl Reiner's book, for which Arkin won a Tony Award.
The following year, he starred on Broadway in Murray Schisgal's hit "LUV."
In 1966, Arkin made his major feature film debut, starring in Norman Jewison's
comedy smash "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming." For his
performance, Arkin earned his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor and won a
Golden Globe Award. He garnered a second Best Actor Oscar nomination for his
performance in the 1968 drama "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter," for which he also
won a New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) Award and received a Golden Globe
nomination. He gained another Golden Globe nomination for the title role in "Popi."
With more than 70 films spanning over 50 years, his long list of credits also
includes "Wait Until Dark"; "Catch-22"; "Little Murders," which marked his
feature film directorial debut; "Hearts of the West," for which he won an NYFCC
Award; "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution"; "The In-Laws"; "Edward Scissorhands";
"Havana"; "Glengarry Glen Ross"; "Mother Night"; "So I Married an Axe Murderer";
"Grosse Point Blank"; "Gattaca"; "Slums of Beverly Hills"; "Jakob the Liar";
"America's Sweethearts"; "Thirteen Conversations About One Thing," receiving
another Spirit Award nomination; "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause";
"Rendition"; "Thin Ice"; "City Island"; and "Sunshine Cleaning."
He has also directed several short films, including "People Soup," which was
Oscar-nominated for Best Live Action Short.
Arkin has also been recognized for his work on television, earning four Emmy
Award nominations, the most recent for his performance in the telefilm "The
Pentagon Papers." He also earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for his work
in the true-life Holocaust drama "Escape from Sobibor." His other Emmy nods came
for his guest role on "Chicago Hope" and the drama "ABC Stage 67." Among his
many other television credits, Arkin starred in the acclaimed A&E series "100
Centre Street," created, written and directed by Sidney Lumet, and also appeared
in the Showtime movie "Varian's War." In addition, Arkin directed the television
adaptation of the Broadway play "Twigs," starring Carol Burnett, and two
episodes of the PBS series "Trying Times."
Arkin began directing for the stage in 1966 with the much-acclaimed "Eh?,"
starring Dustin Hoffman, at the Circle in the Square. He then won an Obie for
directing Jules Feiffer's "Little Murders," followed by Feiffer's "The White
House Murder Case." He won Drama Desk Awards for his direction of both plays,
also presented at Circle in the Square. On Broadway, Arkin directed the Neil
Simon hit "The Sunshine Boys," for which he was nominated for a Tony for Best
Direction. In 1998, he directed, starred in and co-wrote with Elaine May, the
hit production of "Power Plays" at the Promenade Theatre. His directing work
also includes the Broadway musical "Molly"; "Rubbers and Yanks Three," at The
American Place Theater; "Joan of Lorraine," at the Hartman in Stamford; "The
Sorrows of Stephen," at the Burt Reynolds Theatre, starring his son, Adam; and
"Room Service," at the Roundabout in New York.
Arkin has also written several books, including eight children's books, the
latest entitled Tony's Hard Work Day. An earlier book, The Lemming Condition,
was honored by The Book Sellers of America by being placed in the White House
Library. In 2011, Arkin released a memoir entitled An Improvised Life.
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