Arkin, Alan Wolf
1934 – Born on the 26th of March in New York, New York.
1958 – Started his singing career with a folk group “The Tarriers” and he also appeared Off-Broadway as a singer in "Heloise"
1963 – He picked up a Tony Award for his great role in Carl Reiner's comedy "Enter Laughing."
1964 – Appeared once more with "Second City" Off-Broadway in their "A View From Under the Bridge."
1966 – He earned a Best Actor Oscar Nomination in the film festival “The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!”
1967 – Directed a short film entitled "Thank God It’s Friday" he also threatened a helpless and blind Audrey Hepburn in "Wait Until Dark."
1968 – Earned another Best Actor Oscar nomination for his role as deaf mute loner in "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - based on Carson McCullers' first novel”
1969 – He directed an Off-Broadway revival of Jules Feiffer's "Little Murders" and got a starring role in Arthur Hiller's "Popi."
1970 – Did an impressive role of Yossarian in Mike Nichols' film adaptation of Joseph Heller's antiwar novel "Catch-22."
1971 – Marked his film directing debut, "Little Murders."
1972 - Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys" was Arkin’s Broadway directorial debut.
1975 - With Clark Jones, he directed George Furth's TV adaptation of his play "Twigs" starred by Carol Burnett. He also directed episodes of NBC's short-lived series "Fay", starred by Lee Grant
1977 – The most recent feature Alan directed to date is his "Fire Sale" where he also acted. He, as well, portrayed Sigmund Freud to Nicol Williamson's Sherlock Holmes in "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution"
1979 – He produced “The In-Laws” where he acted as well. This is his second film with Hiller.
1981 – Made "Chu Chu and the Philly Flash" with Carol Burnett.
1982 - Provided the voice of Schmendrick the Magician in the animated feature "The Last Unicorn"
1985 - Won critical praise as James Woods' colorful dad in "Joshua Then and Now"
1987 - Co-executive producer and star of short-lived ABC series "Harry"; also starred wife Barbara Dana. He delivered an Emmy-nominated turn in CBS movie "Escape from Sobibor" and directed "The Visit" , the fifth episode of PBS' first original comedy series, "Trying Times."
1988 - Co-wrote (with wife Barbara Dana from her novel) and starred with her in award-winning PBS special "Necessary Parties"
1990 - Offered a satiric turn as suburbanite in "Edward Scissorhands"
1992 - Joined a heavyweight cast in film version of David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross", playing a complaining, endangered, vetern real estate salesman
1993 - Starred as bitter ex-ballplayer in "Cooperstown", a TNT movie written by playwright Lee Blessing and directed by Charles Haid.
1995 - Appeared in "The Jerky Boys" movie (in a moment of poverty)
1996 - Played George Kraft in film version of Kurt Vonnegut's "Night Mother", starring Nick Nolte
1997 - Offered a hysterically funny turn as hitman John Cusack's psychiatrist in "Grosse Point Blank"
1997 - Portrayed Detective Hugo in sci-fi feature "Gattaca"
1998 - Acted opposite Marisa Tomei in "The Slums of Beverly Hills.
- Came back to off-Broadway stage as co-author and co-star of "Power Plays", working with son Anthony, Elaine May and May's daughter Jeannie Berlin.
2001 - Co-starred in "13 Conversations About One Thing"; screened at Toronto; shown at the 2002 Sundance Film Farce.
2001 - Headlined the ensemble cast of the A&E series "100 Centre Street"
2003 - Co-starred in the mini-series "The Pentagon Papers"; received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries.
2006 - Co-starred with Toni Collette and Steve Carell in the comedy, "Little Miss Sunshine"; earned Independent Spirit Award, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor
2007 - Played an elderly handyman in director Neal Miller's character-driven comedy drama, "Raising Flagg."
- Founded, recorded albums and performed with folk singing group, The Tarriers
- Winner of Oscar's Best Supporting Actor Award in Little Miss Sunshine (Fox Searchlight)
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