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  • Alan Arkin

    Born on March 26, 1934 in New York, New York

awards & nominations

Argo (2012)

Alan Arkin as "Lester Siegel"

On Nov. 4, 1979, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, taking 66 American hostages. Amid the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge with the Canadian ambassador. Knowing that it's just a matter of time before the refugees are found and likely executed, the U.S. government calls on extractor Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) to rescue them. Mendez's plan is to pose as a Hollywood producer scouting locations in Iran and train the refugees to act as his "film" crew.

Academy Award (2012) Nominated Best Supporting Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2012) Nominated Supporting Actor
Golden Globe (2012) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012) Won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Alan Arkin as "Grandpa"

The Hoover family -- a man (Greg Kinnear), his wife (Toni Collette), an uncle (Steve Carell), a brother (Paul Dano) and a grandfather (Alan Arkin) -- puts the fun back in dysfunctional by piling into a VW bus and heading to California to support a daughter (Abigail Breslin) in her bid to win the Little Miss Sunshine Contest. The sanity of everyone involved is stretched to the limit as the group's quirks cause epic problems as they travel along their interstate route.

Academy Award (2006) Won Best Supporting Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006) Won Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006) Won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Escape From Sobibor (1987)

Alan Arkin as "Leon Feldhendler"

During the height of World War II, members of a resistance movement within the Sobibor concentration camp attempt a daring uprising and escape. As the underground group, including Alexander Pechersky (Rutger Hauer) and Leon Feldhendler (Alan Arkin), devise a plan, they must contend with Nazi officers, Ukranian guards and the realization that anyone apprehended will likely be killed. Initially plotting for a few people to escape, they eventually decide that all 600 prisoners must break out.

Emmy (Primetime) (1987) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Golden Globe (1987) Nominated Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

Popi (1969)

Alan Arkin as "Abraham"

Genial Puerto Rican widower Abraham Rodriguez (Alan Arkin), known as "Popi" to his preteen sons, grapples with poverty and hardship in their Spanish Harlem neighborhood. Desperate to provide his sons every opportunity to succeed, and noting the reverence with which Americans treat Cuban immigrants, Popi lights upon a wild scheme. He sets his boys afloat in a boat off the coast of Florida, confident that they will be "rescued" as Cuban refugees and adopted by wealthy patrons.

Golden Globe (1969) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968)

Alan Arkin as "John Singer"

In this adaptation of the Carson McCullers novel, John Singer (Alan Arkin), who is deaf and mute, tries to help the people around him. He rents a bedroom in a small Southern town to be closer to his friend, Spiros (Chuck McCann), who is also deaf. John attempts to strike up a friendship with Mick (Sondra Locke), the teenage daughter of his disabled landlord (Biff McGuire), and meets the town drunk (Stacy Keach Jr.). Later, he helps Dr. Copeland confront his failing health.

Academy Award (1968) Nominated Best Actor
Golden Globe (1968) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (1966)

Alan Arkin as "Lt. Rozanov"

When a Soviet submarine gets stuck on a sandbar off the coast of a New England island, its commander (Theodore Bikel) orders his second-in-command, Lieutenant Rozanov (Alan Arkin), to get them moving again before there is an international incident. Rozanov seeks assistance from the island locals, including the police chief (Brian Keith) and a vacationing television writer (Carl Reiner), while trying to allay their fears of a Communist invasion by claiming he and his crew are Norwegian sailors.

Academy Award (1966) Nominated Best Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1966) Nominated Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
Golden Globe (1966) Won Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

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