Alan Arkin

Alan Arkin

Highest Rated: 100% The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968)

Lowest Rated: 0% Wild Oats (2016)

Birthday: Mar 26, 1934

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

ALAN ARKIN, long one of the most respected artists of the stage and screen, won an Academy Award (R) for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 2006 hit "Little Miss Sunshine." For his role, Arkin also won an Independent Spirit Award, a BAFTA Award, and shared in a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award (R) for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast, in addition to receiving an individual SAG Award (R) nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. Arkin earned Oscar (R), BAFTA and Golden Globe Award nominations for his supporting performance in director Ben Affleck's Oscar (R) winning Best picture "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, the Screen Actors Guild Awards (R). Arkin also earned two Genie awards: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role from his performance in "Joshua Then and Now" and Best Performance by a Foreign Actor from his performance in "Improper Channels". He is currently in production on the feature film "Let it Snow" with John Goodman, Ed Helms, and Diane Keaton. Arkin's recent credits include co-starring with Jon Hamm in Million Dollar Arm, director Peter Segal's comedy "Grudge Match," Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone, "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" with Steve Carell and Jim Carrey, the crime comedy "Stand Up Guys," with Al Pacino and Christopher Walken, directed Fisher Stevens and also 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 in the comedy, Arkin earned his first Oscar (R) nomination for Best Actor and won a Golden Globe Award. He garnered a second Best Actor Oscar (R) 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 (R)-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 of a Play. 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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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet Spenser Confidential Henry 2020
47% Dumbo J. Griffin Remington 2019
48% Going in Style Albert $45.1M 2017
0% Wild Oats Actor $22.1K 2016
18% Love the Coopers Bucky 2015
65% Million Dollar Arm Ray 2014
31% Grudge Match Louis "Lightning" Conlon $14.9M 2013
No Score Yet Armed Response (In Security) Officer Riggs 2013
37% The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Rance Holloway $22.6M 2013
36% Stand Up Guys Hirsch $3.4M 2013
96% Argo Lester Siegel $136.1M 2012
68% The Convincer (Thin Ice) Executive Producer Gorvy Hauer $0.7M 2012
95% The Muppets Tour Guide $88.7M 2011
25% The Change-Up Mitch's Dad $37.1M 2011
40% Due Date Actor $100.5M 2010
81% City Island Michael Malakov $6.7M 2010
69% The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Herb Lee 2009
74% Sunshine Cleaning Joe $12.1M 2009
62% Marley & Me Arnie Klein $143.1M 2008
50% Get Smart The Chief $130.3M 2008
50% Bee Movie Actor $126.6M 2007
47% Rendition Senator Hawkins $9.7M 2007
23% Levantando a pápa Flagg Purdy 2007
No Score Yet Crossroads Father Benkhe 2006
17% The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Bud Newman $84.5M 2006
91% Little Miss Sunshine Grandpa Edwin Hoover $59.9M 2006
18% Firewall Arlin Forester $48.7M 2006
34% Eros Dr. Pearl/Hal $54.2K 2004
No Score Yet The Novice Actor 2004
28% Noel Artie 2004
No Score Yet And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself Sam Drebben 2003
No Score Yet The Pentagon Papers Harry Rowen 2003
83% Thirteen Conversations About One Thing Gene $3.1M 2001
32% America's Sweethearts Wellness Guide $93.1M 2001
No Score Yet Varian's War Freier 2000
No Score Yet Magicians Milo 2000
29% Jakob the Liar Frankfurter 1999
No Score Yet Blood Money Willy Canzaro 1999
80% Slums of Beverly Hills Murray 1998
83% Gattaca Detective Hugo 1997
79% Grosse Pointe Blank Dr. Oatman 1997
59% Four Days in September (O Que É Isso, Companheiro?) Charles Elbrick 1997
63% Mother Night George Kraft 1996
No Score Yet Heck's Way Home Dogcatcher 1996
15% Steal Big, Steal Little Lou Perilli 1995
17% The Jerky Boys Lazarro 1995
No Score Yet Picture Windows Actor 1995
97% Bullets Over Broadway Actor 1994
No Score Yet Doomsday Gun Yossi 1994
14% North Judge Buckle 1994
54% So I Married an Axe Murderer Police Captain 1993
No Score Yet Taking The Heat Tommy Canard 1993
58% Indian Summer Unca Lou 1993
95% Glengarry Glen Ross George Aaronow 1992
64% The Rocketeer Peevy 1991
90% Edward Scissorhands Bill 1990
0% Coupe de Ville Fred Libner 1990
28% Havana Joe Volpi 1990
No Score Yet Necessary Parties Archie Corelli 1988
No Score Yet Escape from Sobibor Leon Feldhendler 1987
17% Big Trouble Leonard Hoffman 1986
No Score Yet A Deadly Business Harold Kaufman 1986
No Score Yet Bad Medicine Dr. Ramon Madera 1985
No Score Yet Joshua Then and Now Reuben Shapiro 1985
No Score Yet The Fourth Wise Man Actor 1985
No Score Yet American Playhouse Flagg Purdy 1984
No Score Yet Faery Tale Theatre: The Emporor's New Clothes Actor 1984
60% The Return of Captain Invincible Captain Invincible 1984
71% The Last Unicorn Schmendrick 1982
No Score Yet Full Moon High Dr. Brand 1982
No Score Yet Chu Chu and the Philly Flash Flash 1981
No Score Yet Improper Channels Jeffrey Martley 1981
57% Simon Prof. Simon Mendelssohn 1980
87% The In-Laws Sheldon S. Kornpett, D.D.S. Executive Producer 1979
No Score Yet Magician of Lublin Yasha Mazur 1979
No Score Yet Fire Sale Ezra Fikus Director 1977
85% The Seven-Per-Cent Solution Sigmund Freud 1976
86% Hearts Of The West (Hollywood Cowboy) Bert Kessler 1975
No Score Yet Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins (Rafferty and the Highway Hustlers) Rafferty 1975
25% Freebie and the Bean Bean $8.8K 1974
33% Last of the Red Hot Lovers Barney Cashman 1972
No Score Yet Deadhead Miles Cooper 1972
60% Little Murders Detective Director 1971
79% Catch-22 Capt. John Yossarian 1970
No Score Yet The Monitors Cameo 1969
No Score Yet Popi Abraham 1969
100% The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter John Singer 1968
No Score Yet Inspector Clouseau Insp. Jacques Clouseau 1968
95% Wait Until Dark Harry Roat 1967
No Score Yet Woman Times Seven Fred 1967
86% The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming Lt. Rozanov 1966

TV

Credit
No Score Yet Close Up With the Hollywood Reporter
2015
Guest 2020
2019
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
Larry 2020
2018
1969
89% The Kominsky Method
2018-2019
Norman 2019
2018
No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest 2017
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest 2017
2013
2011
37% Backstrom
2015
Director 2015
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
Guest 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest 2012
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest 2007
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998
Martin Adler 2005
No Score Yet Chicago Hope
1994-2000
1998
1997
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
1982-1988
1987
1983
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
1984
1983
100% The Muppet Show
1976-1981
Guest 1980
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013-2018
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QUOTES FROM Alan Arkin CHARACTERS

Arnie Klein says: That John Gorgan, he a hard man.

Dr. Platt says: He a swell. Just a dog-beating swell.

Gene says: I knew a happy man once. It was a curse.

Capt. Yossarian says: If he raises the number of missions again, I swear to God, I'll help you kill him.

Dobbs says: Really?

Capt. Yossarian says: I swear.

Dobbs says: Well, that's very reasonable of you.

Capt. Yossarian says: You won't marry me because I'm crazy. I'm crazy because I wanna marry you? You're crazy.

Luciana says: Why?

Capt. Yossarian says: Because I love you.

Luciana says: How can you love a girl who is not a virgin?

Capt. Yossarian says: Because I can't marry you.

Luciana says: Why you can't marry me? Because I'm not a virgin?

Capt. Yossarian says: No, because you're crazy!

Luciana says: You're crazy!

Capt. Yossarian says: He was very old.

Luciana says: But he was a boy.

Capt. Yossarian says: Well, he died. You don't get any older than that.

Luciana says: What did you get this for?

Capt. Yossarian says: Will you believe me if I tell the truth? I was awarded that particular medal for killing fish.

Luciana says: You have killed many fish?

Capt. Yossarian says: I am the most renowned killer of fish in the whole United States Army Air Force.

Sgt. Towser says: A man was killed in his plane over Avignon last week and bled all over him. His clothes haven't come back from the laundry yet.

Gen. Dreedle says: Where are his other uniforms?

Sgt. Towser says: In the laundry too, sir.

Gen. Dreedle says: Where are his underwear?

Sgt. Towser says: In the laundry, sir.

Gen. Dreedle says: That sounds like a lot of crap to me.

Capt. Yossarian says: It is a lot of crap, sir.

Gen. Dreedle says: Why aren't you wearing clothes, Captain?

Capt. Yossarian says: I don't wanna.

Gen. Dreedle says: What do you mean you don't want to, why the hell don't you?

Capt. Yossarian says: I don't know, I just don't wanna [laughs].

Gen. Dreedle says: Why isn't he wearing clothes?

Col. Korn says: [to Cathcart] He's talking to you.

Col. Cathcart says: Why isn't he wearing clothes, Major?

Major Major says: Why isn't he wearing clothes, Sergeant?

Milo Minderbinder says: We're gonna come out of this war rich!

Capt. Yossarian says: You're gonna come out rich. We're gonna come out dead.

Capt. Yossarian says: Do you know what's in that town? Nothing. Nothing's in it. No Germans, no munitions, no railroad crossing, no harbor, nothing. Except people, Italian people. And a monastery.

Capt. Yossarian says: Nately was blown to bits, McWatt killed himself, Hungry Joe was chopped in two, Dobbs disappeared, Aardvark's a murderer, Doc Daneeka's a zombie. They're all gone. The only friend I had was Snowden, and I didn't even know him.

Milo Minderbinder says: Nately died a wealthy man, Yossarian. He had over sixty shares in the syndicate.

Capt. Yossarian says: What difference does that make? He's dead.

Milo Minderbinder says: Then his family will get it.

Capt. Yossarian says: He didn't have time to have a family.

Milo Minderbinder says: Then his parents will get it.

Capt. Yossarian says: They don't need it, they're rich.

Milo Minderbinder says: Then they'll understand.

Col. Cathcart says: You're a disgrace! I'd like to know how you got to be a Captain anyway.

Capt. Yossarian says: You promoted me.

Col. Cathcart says: That has got nothing to do with it!

Capt. Yossarian says: Whoooo... That's some catch, that Catch-22.

Doc Daneeka says: It's the best there is!

Lester Siegel says: History starts out as farce and ends up as tragedy

Lester Siegel says: History starts out as farce and ends up as tragedy.

Peevy says: [reading the newspaper] "Film fans were saddened by the news that actor Neville Sinclair was killed in a tragedy when flaming debris fell on his touring car." That's terrible! That was a nice car.

Peevy says: "Film fans were saddened by the news that actor Neville Sinclair was killed in a tragedy when flaming debris fell on his touring car." That's terrible! That was a nice car.

Cliff Secord says: [donning the Rocketeer helmet] How do I look?

Cliff Secord says: How do I look?

Peevy says: Like a hood ornament.

Peevy says: House? We don't got a house. We got a gazebo.

Lester Siegel says: If I'm doing a fake movie, it's gonna be a fake hit.

Lester Siegel says: There are suicide missions with better odds than this.

Lester Siegel says: We did it!

Lester Siegel says: We're gonna be in the movie call my agents.

Hollywood Reporter says: What does Argo mean?

Lester Siegel says: I don't know.

Hollywood Reporter says: Well you have to know a little bit about what it means.

Lester Siegel says: You want to know what it means? Argo fuck yourself!

John Chambers says: How about the horses of Achilles?

Lester Siegel says: No good. Nobody does Westerns anymore.

John Chambers says: It's ancient Troy.

Lester Siegel says: If it got horses in it, it's a Western.

Lester Siegel says: Argo Fuck Yourself

John Chambers says: Argo Fuck Yourself

Tony Mendez says: Argo Fuck Yourself

Detective Hugo says: I was also in the Slums of Beverly HIlls.

Lester Siegel says: If I'm going to make a fake movies, it's going to be a fake hit.

Lester Siegel says: Argo fuck yourself.

Lester Siegel says: if i'm gonna make a fake movie, it's gonna be a fake hit!

Gorvy Hauer says: It used to be you could trust people. You let your dog out in the middle of the night and they kill him.

Lester Siegel says: We're gonna need a script.

Lester Siegel says: Bad news, bad news. Even when it's good news, it's bad news. John Wayne in the ground 6 months and this is what is left of America.

Lester Siegel says: You're worried about the Ayatollah? Try the WGA.

Grandpa says: Losers are people who are so afraid of not winning, they don't even try

Grandpa says: Losers are people who are so afraid of not winning, they don't even try.

Russian Captain says: I am wounded in dignity only.

Lt. Rozanov says: I am wounded in dignity only.

Uncle Lou says: I don't get the kids today...with the boom boxes and the headphones.

Uncle Lou says: I don't get the kids today... with the boom boxes and the headphones.

Uncle Lou says: Everybody's got their own interests. That's the beauty of camp.

Uncle Lou says: The only reason you liked this camp so much was because the rest of your lives were so boring.

Uncle Lou says: There's nothing like a good moose!

Cab Driver says: Mrs. Edelman cannot open her mouth! She cannot bite down!

Sheldon S. Kornpett, D.D.S. says: Mrs. Edelman cannot open her mouth! She cannot bite down!

Bill Boggs says: Okay, everyone! Soup's on!

Edward Scissorhands says: *through mouth full of food* I shought it wash shish-cabob.

Bill Boggs says: What?

Edward Scissorhands says: I shought it wash shish-cabob.

Bill Boggs says: It's a figure of speach. You need to learn not to take things so seriously.

John Chambers says: How about 'The Horses of Achilles'?

Lester Siegel says: No good. Nobody does Westerns anymore.

John Chambers says: It's ancient Troy.

Lester Siegel says: If it's got horses in it, it's a Western.

Lester Siegel says: Argo fuck yourself!

Molly Grue says: No...no,it cannot be. Can it be? Where have you been? Where have you been? Damn you! Where have you been?

Schmendrick says: Dont you talk to her that way!

Unicorn says: I'm here, now.

Molly Grue says: Oh? And where were you twenty years ago? Ten years ago? Where were you when I was new? When I was one of those innocent young maidens you always come to? How dare you! How dare you come to me now, when I am this! [Weeps]

Schmendrick says: Can you really see her? Do you know what she is?

Molly Grue says: If you had been waiting to see a unicorn, as long as I have...

Schmendrick says: I know you. If I were blind I'd know what you are.

Schmendrick says: â??As for you and your heart and the things you said and didn't say, she will remember them all when men are fairy tales in books written by rabbits.â??

Schmendrick says: As for you and the things you said and didn't say, she will remember them all, when men are fairy tales in books written by rabbits.

Maxwell Smart says: Are you thinking what I'm thinking?

Chief says: I don't know. Were you thinking: 'Holy shit, holy shit, a swordfish almost went through my head'?

Sheldon Kornpett says: "It was instinct. I went crazy."

Sheldon Kornpett says: It was instinct. I went crazy.

Sheldon Kornpett says: "The OCEAN?!?! It's over the OCEAN to Scranton, Pennsylvania?!?!"

Sheldon Kornpett says: The OCEAN?! It's over the OCEAN to Scranton, Pennsylvania?

Bill Boggs says: Soups on!

Edward Scissorhands says: I thought this was shishkabob

Edward Scissorhands says: I thought this was shish-kabob.

Chief says: Your field agent test results just came in and- Something wrong with your ear?

Maxwell Smart says: Absolutely not. Would you like me to wait while you answer that?

Chief says: Answer what?

Maxwell Smart says: Nothing. You were saying?

Bill Boggs says: So Edward, did you have a productive day?

Edward Scissorhands says: Mrs. Monroe showed me where the salon's going to be.

Edward Scissorhands says: [turns to Peg] You could have a cosmetics counter.

Peg Boggs says: Oh, wouldn't that be great!

Bill Boggs says: Great.

Edward Scissorhands says: And then she showed me the back room where she took all of her clothes off. [everyone stares, Kevin snickers]

Elderly Aisan Woman says: Is this Universal studios?

Tour Guide says: Yes it is.

Schmendrick says: I am a bearer! I'm a dwelling! I am a messenger!

Molly Grue says: You are an idiot! Do you hear me?! You've lost her! You've trapped her in a human body! She'll go mad!

Amalthea says: What have you done to me?

Molly Grue says: Oh no! Oh, please no! [continues to cry]

Schmendrick says: You see, I couldn't think of anything else to do to save you.

Amalthea says: What have you done to me?! I'm a unicorn! I'm a unicorn!

Gorvy Hauer says: Do you sell dog insurance?

Roat says: (paraphrased): No discipline. . .Bad news. . .Leads to anarchy.

Roat says: [paraphrased] No discipline... Bad news... Leads to anarchy.

Elderly Aisan Woman says: "Is this the universal studio?"

Elderly Aisan Woman says: Is this the universal studio?

Tour Guide says: (Sighs) "Yes it is."

Tour Guide says: [sighs] Yes it is.

Gene says: Show me a happy man and I'll show you a disaster waiting to happen.

Bill Boggs says: You can't buy the necessities of life with cookies.

Bill Boggs says: Sweetheart, you can't buy the necessities of life with cookies.

Grandpa says: Losers are people who are so afraid of winning, they don't even try.

Grandpa says: Losers are people who are so afraid of not winning, they don't even try.

Maxwell Smart says: are you thinking what im thinking?

Maxwell Smart says: Are you thinking what im thinking?

Chief says: if your thinking holy sh*t holy sh*t a swordfish almost went through my head...yes

Chief says: If your thinking holy sh*t, holy sh*t a swordfish almost went through my head, yes.

Arnie Klein says: Sometimes life has a better idea.