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Alan Arkin

Alan Arkin is an Academy Award-winning American actor who is also an acclaimed director, producer, author, singer and composer. He was born Alan Wolf Arkin on March 26, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York. His family were Jewish emigrants from Russia and Germany. In 1946, the Arkins moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, California. His father, David I. Arkin... See full bio »

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  Wonderland (filming)
Henry Cimoli
 2019 Dumbo (post-production)
J. Griffin Remington
 2018 The Kominsky Method (TV Series)
- Chapter 8: A Widow Approaches (2018) ... Norman
- Chapter 6: A Daughter Detoxes (2018) ... Norman
- Chapter 7: A String Is Attached (2018) ... Norman
- Chapter 5: An Agent Crowns (2018) ... Norman
- Chapter 4: A Kegel Squeaks (2018) ... Norman
 2017 Get Shorty (TV Series)
- The Yips (2017) ... Eugene
 2017 Going in Style
Albert Garner
 2015-2016 BoJack Horseman (TV Series)
J.D. Salinger
- Start Spreading the News (2016) ... J.D. Salinger (voice)
- Yes And (2015) ... J.D. Salinger (voice)
- Let's Find Out (2015) ... J.D. Salinger (voice)
- Higher Love (2015) ... J.D. Salinger (voice)
 2015 Love the Coopers
 2014 Million Dollar Arm
 2013 Grudge Match
Louis 'Lightning' Conlon
 2013 Armed Response
Officer Riggs
 2013 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Rance Holloway
 2012 Stand Up Guys
 2012 Argo
Lester Siegel
 2011 The Muppets
Tour Guide
 2011 The Change-Up
Mitch's Dad
 2011 Thin Ice
Gorvy Hauer
 2009 City Island
Michael Malakov
 2008 Marley & Me
Arnie Klein
 2008 Get Smart
The Chief
 2008 Sunshine Cleaning
 2007 Rendition
Senator Hawkins
 2006 Raising Flagg
Flagg Purdy
 2006 The Novice
Father Behnke
 2006 Firewall
Arlin Forester
 2006 Little Miss Sunshine
Grandpa Edwin Hoover
 2005 Will & Grace (TV Series)
Martin Adler
- It's a Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad World (2005) ... Martin Adler
 2004 Noel
 2004 Eros
Dr. Pearl / Hal (segment "Equilibrium")
 2003 And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (TV Movie)
Sam Drebben
 2003 The Pentagon Papers (TV Movie)
Harry Rowen
 2001-2002 100 Centre Street (TV Series)
Joe Rifkind
- Hurricane Paul (2002) ... Joe Rifkind
- Babies (2002) ... Joe Rifkind
- End of the Month (2002) ... Joe Rifkind
- The Fix (2001) ... Joe Rifkind
- Kids: Part 2 (2001) ... Joe Rifkind
 2001 America's Sweethearts
Wellness Guide
 2001 Varian's War (TV Movie)
 2000 Magicians
 2000 Blood Money (TV Movie)
Willy 'the Hammer' Canzaro
 1999 Jakob the Liar
 1998 Slums of Beverly Hills
 1997 Gattaca
Det. Hugo
 1997 Four Days in September
Charles Burke Elbrick
 1997 Grosse Pointe Blank
Dr. Oatman
 1997 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
Zoltan Karpathein
- The Son Also Rises (1997) ... Zoltan Karpathein
 1996 Mother Night
George Kraft
 1996 Heck's Way Home (TV Movie)
 1995 Steal Big Steal Little
Lou Perilli, Ruben's Partner
 1995 Picture Windows (TV Series)
- Soir Bleu (1995) ... Tully
 1995 The Jerky Boys
Ernie Lazarro
 1994 Doomsday Gun (TV Movie)
 1994 North
Judge Buckle
 1993 Samuel Beckett Is Coming Soon (Short)
The Director
 1993 So I Married an Axe Murderer
Tony's Boss / Precinct Captain (uncredited)
 1993 Taking the Heat (TV Movie)
Tommy Canard
 1993 Indian Summer
Unca Lou Handler
 1993 Cooperstown (TV Movie)
Harry Willette
 1992 Glengarry Glen Ross
George Aaronow
 1991 The Rocketeer
 1990/I Havana
Joe Volpi
 1990 Edward Scissorhands
 1990 Coupe de Ville
Fred Libner
 1988 Necessary Parties (TV Movie)
Archie Corelli
 1987 Harry (TV Series)
Harry Porschak
- Harry's Big Night (1987) ... Harry Porschak
- Rebel with Sort of a Cause (1987) ... Harry Porschak
- Mr. Imperfect (1987) ... Harry Porschak
- The Great Rat Race (1987) ... Harry Porschak
- This Is the Army, Mr. Porschak (1987) ... Harry Porschak
 1987 A Year in the Life (TV Series)
Jim Eisenberg Sr.
- EM7, Raiders Minus 3 and a Half for a Nickel (1987) ... Jim Eisenberg Sr.
 1987 Escape from Sobibor (TV Movie)
Leon Feldhendler
 1986 Big Trouble
Leonard Hoffman
 1986 A Deadly Business (TV Movie)
Harold Kaufman
 1985 Bad Medicine
Dr. Ramón Madera
 1985 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
- The Emperor's New Clothes (1985) ... Bo
 1985 Joshua Then and Now
Reuben Shapiro
 1985 The Fourth Wise Man (TV Movie)
 1984 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Flagg Purdy
- A Matter of Principle (1984) ... Flagg Purdy
 1983 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Jerry Singleton
- Newheart (1983) ... Jerry Singleton
- Lust Et Veritas (1983) ... Jerry Singleton
- Ties That Bind (1983) ... Jerry Singleton
 1983 The Return of Captain Invincible
Captain Invincible
 1982 The Last Unicorn
Schmendrick (voice)
 1982 Two Guys from Muck (TV Movie)
 1981 Full Moon High
Dr. Brand
 1981 Improper Channels
Jeffery Martley
 1980 Simon
Prof. Simon Mendelssohn
 1979 The Magician of Lublin
Yasha Mazur
 1979 Carol Burnett & Company (TV Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1979)
 1979 The In-Laws
Sheldon Kornpett
 1978 The Defection of Simas Kudirka (TV Movie)
Simas Kudirka
 1978 The Other Side of Hell (TV Movie)
Frank Dole
 1977 Fire Sale
Ezra Fikus
 1977 Captain Kangaroo (TV Series)
 1976 The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
Dr. Sigmund Freud
 1975 Hearts of the West
 1974 Freebie and the Bean
 1972 Last of the Red Hot Lovers
Barney Cashman
 1972 Deadhead Miles
 1970-1971 Sesame Street (TV Series)
- Episode #2.68 (1971) ... Larry
- Episode #2.32 (1970) ... Larry
- Episode #2.27 (1970) ... Larry
- Episode 131 (1970) ... Larry
 1971 Little Murders
Lieutenant Practice
 1970 Catch-22
Capt. John Yossarian
 1969 The Monitors
Man in Monitors Commercial
 1969 Popi
 1968 Inspector Clouseau
Insp. Jacques Clouseau
 1967 Wait Until Dark
Roat / Roat Jr. / Roat Sr.
 1967 Woman Times Seven
Fred (segment "The Suicides")
 1966 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series)
Barney Kempinski
- The Love Song of Barney Kempinski (1966) ... Barney Kempinski
 1966 The Last Mohican (Short)
Mr. Ableman
 1964 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
Ted Miller
- The Beatnik and the Politician (1964) ... Ted Miller
 1963 That's Me (Short)
 1957 Calypso Heat Wave
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Everybody's career has ups and downs. I like to take chances, I don't like to stand still. And I don't give a damn what the market is interested in; I want to try things. Success has nothing to do with box office as far as I'm concerned. Success has to do with achieving your goals, your internal goals, and growing as a person. It would have been nice to have been connected with a couple more box ... See more »


One of only six actors to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his first screen appearance. The other five actors are: Orson Welles, Lawrence Tibbett, James Dean, Paul Muni and Montgomery Clift. See more »


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