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"I know that if I can't move people, then I have no business being an actor."

Alan Wolf Arkin (March 26, 1934 – June 29, 2023) was an American actor, director, screenwriter, musician, and singer.

Known for his roles 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, Arkin has received four Academy Award nominations (winning Best Supporting Actor for Little Miss Sunshine), as well as eight Golden Globe Award nominations (winning for The Russians Are Coming) and six Primetime Emmy Award nominations.

He was the father of actors Adam Arkin, Anthony Arkin, and Matthew Arkin. He's not related to Turkish actor Cüneyt Arkın or American actor David Arkin, however.

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Tropes associated with his roles:

  • Cool Old Guy: He commonly played chummy old guys in his elder years.
  • He Also Did: Was a member of The Tarriers, a Folk Music group that had a couple hits in The '50s, and directed several Broadway plays, most notably the original production of The Sunshine Boys.
  • 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 would 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 for playing a character based on Carl Reiner in the Broadway production of Reiner's autobiographical novel Enter Laughing in 1967.