Alan Arkin

Proactive self-starter who took initiative.

Alan Arkin
Full NameAlan Wolf Arkin


The illustrious Alan Arkin was born on March 26, 1934, into a noble family of Russian and German Jewish emigrants. His father, David I. Arkin, was a teacher and artist of great renown, who stood up against the politically biased dismissal of his position during the 1950s Red Scare. His mother, Beatrice (Wortis) Arkin, was a teacher of equal esteem. From a young age, Alan was fond of music and acting, taking classes from the age of 10. He attended Franklin High School, Los Angeles City College and Bennington College in Vermont. His skills and talents have earned him an Academy Award, as well as acclaim as a director, producer, author, singer and composer. A true royal of the entertainment industry, Alan Arkin is a man of many talents.

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Family Tree

The illustrious Arkin dynasty is one of longstanding distinction and renown, with members of the family having made a name for themselves in the world of entertainment. At the head of the dynasty is the esteemed Academy Award-winning actor, director, producer, author, singer, and composer Alan Wolf Arkin, born in Brooklyn, New York to Jewish emigrant parents from Russia and Germany. He is joined by his illustrious children, Matthew Arkin, famous for his television credits including Rescue Me and NCIS; Barbara Dana, an actress and writer best known for her work on The In-Laws; Anthony Arkin, an actor and editor seen in The Americans and Succession; and Adam Arkin, an actor and director famed for his work on Get Shorty. Together, the Arkin family stands as an example of generations of talent and excellence.

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