(1934 - )
Alan Wolf Arkin is a Jewish American actor, director, musician and singer.
He was born on March 26, 1934, in New
York City. While in high school, Alan moved with his family to Los Angeles.
He attended Los Angeles State College, but returned to New York after
college to begin a career as a singer/songwriter before turning to acting.
At the age of 29, Arkin left New York to join The Second
City comedy troupe in Chicago, Illinois. He made his Broadway debut
in From the Second City in 1961, and then became a star in the
comedy Enter Laughing (1963). He won the 1963 Tony Award for
Best Supporting Actor (Dramatic) for Enter Laughing. In 1973,
he was nominated as Best Director (Dramatic) for The Sunshine Boys.
In 1966, he made his film debut in The Russians
Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming. Arkin is one of only six actors
to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his first
screen appearance. Two years later, he was again nominated, for The
Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. Later films included Wait until Dark (1967), Popi (1969), Catch-22 (1970), and The In-Laws (1980).
Arkin is also a singer and songwriter. He was a member
of the folk group, The Tarriers. In 1956, they had their biggest hit
with a version of the “Banana Boat Song”(also known as “Day-O”),
which reached #4 on the Billboard charts.
Arkin is father of three boys who are also in the entertainment business: Adam, Anthony and Matthew Arkin.
Sources: “Alan Arkin (1934 - ).” American
Jewish Historical Society, American
Jewish Desk Reference, (NY: Random
House, 1999). pg. 434, Wikipedia, IMDB