Alan Wolf Arkin (born March 26, 1934) is an American actor, director, musician and singer. He is known for starring in such films as Wait Until Dark, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Catch-22, The In-Laws, Edward Scissorhands, Glengarry Glen Ross, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, Little Miss Sunshine, and Argo, the last two of which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the former of which he won. He is the father of actors Adam Arkin, Anthony Arkin, and Matthew Arkin.
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He appeared in
- The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966)
- Wait Until Dark (1967)
- Catch-22 (1970)
- The Seven Per Cent Solution (1976)
- The In-Laws (1979)
- The Last Unicorn (1982)
- The Return of Captain Invincible (1983)
- Escape from Sobibor (1987)
- Edward Scissorhands (1990)
- The Rocketeer (1991)
- Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
- So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)
- North (1994)
- Mother Night (1996)
- Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
- Gattaca (1997)
- Jakob The Liar (1999)
- America's Sweethearts (2001)
- Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
- The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)
- Get Smart (2008)
- Marley and Me (2008)
- The Muppets (2011)
- Argo (2012)
- Stand Up Guys (2012)
- The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)
- Grudge Match (2013)
- The Ace: One of only six actors to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his first officially-credited screen appearance. The other five actors are: Orson Welles, Lawrence Tibbett, James Dean, Paul Muni and Montgomery Clift.
- Bald of Awesome: Tends to play a no-nonsense Cool Old Guy or/and Badass Grandpa.
- Cool Old Guy: Play these roles for the last three decades or so.
- Cool Teacher: According to IMDb, he is also a teacher leading workshops in improvisation, and his students find him warm, insightful, and very, very funny.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor:
Alan: I hated it. I just thought she was terrific. I had an enormous amount of regard for her. I didn't like being cruel to her. It made me very uncomfortable.
- Disliked filming the scene in Wait Until Dark where his character Harry Roat Jr terrorizes Suzy Hendrix played by Audrey Hepburn.
- While filming the Corruption of a Minor scene for Little Miss Sunshine, he asked Abigail Breslin to tune-up the volume of her CD player as high as she can so she won't hear his curses and Cluster F Bombs.
- Older Than They Look: Older example than most, but he fits. Arkin is 80 years old but he could easily pass for someone 20 years younger.
- Old Shame: Disowned his involvement in the film Freebie and the Bean in 1974, saying he had only accepted the role because, "he needed the bread.".
- Attempt to bring up the film where he played Inspector Clouseau, and he'll express deep embarrassment. He said once he was becoming a rather egotistical actor during that time period, and foolishly thought he'd become the next Clouseau. His absolute failure in the role (and the entire film in general), made him more humble.
- What Could Have Been: He was originally slated to play Saul Bloom in Steven Soderbergh's remake of Ocean's Eleven in 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 in 1967.