In a country with no dearth of actors, Arkin earned a reputation for himself through his performances, in a career spanning almost forty years. Arkin who first stepped into the world of acting by doing a cameo in one of the episodes of the television show ‘Happy Days’, has since then been a part of dozens of television series and films. However, he is widely remembered for his television assignments. Arkin has also won numerous awards for his outstanding acting performances in his career. Acting is in Arkin’s genes; he is one of the three sons of the academy winning American actor Alan Arkin. Unlike many of his contemporaries, it’s claimed that Arkin is not a strong follower of just one particular kind of cinema, or a genre. Other than just acting, Arkin has also proved that he’s a versatile artiste by dubbing his voice for a couple of shows which were telecast on radio and television. Arkin has even directed episodes of few shows which were aired on TV. Recently, he had donned the director’s hat for a few episodes of the shows ‘Americans’ and ‘Masters of Sex’.
Childhood & Early Life
Adam Arkin was born on 19 August 1956, at Brooklyn, New York, to acclaimed Hollywood actor Alan Arkin and his wife Jeremy Staffe. Adam has two siblings named Anthony and Mathew Arkin, Adam was the eldest of three. Both his brothers are also actors.
In 1975, when he was hardly 20 years old, Arkin made his acting debut by doing a cameo appearance in one of the episodes of the award winning television show ‘Happy Days’.
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In 1977, Arkin got his first significant role in an American television comedy series called ‘Busting Loose’. Arkin played the character of a young man who faces interesting situations after he chooses to stay alone, away from his parents.
His other important television appearance was in the television series ‘The Twilight Zone’. This science fiction fantasy show which was aired in 1985, ran successfully for two seasons.
Arkin was next a part of the successful television show ‘Northern Exposure’, where he played the role of a short-tempered, barefooted chef by name ‘Adam’. This show ran successfully for five years, starting from 1990 till 1995.
Arkin also starred in the medical drama series ‘Chicago Hope’ which was aired on TV from 1994 to 2000. Arkin played the role of Dr Aaron Schutt in this show.
In 1999, Arkin was seen playing the role of a trauma specialist and psychiatrist by name Stanley Keyworth in the television series ‘The West Wing’.
Arkin has appeared in guest roles in other television series such as ‘Boston Legal’, ‘Baby Bob’, ‘Monk’, ‘Frasier’, and ‘8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter’.
Arkin is very popular for his roles in the movies ‘H20: 20 Years Later’ and ‘Hitch’, which released in the years 1998 and 2005 respectively.
Arkin has turned into a director recently. He has directed several episodes of the TV shows ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Boston Legal’, ‘The Riches’, ‘The Dirt’, ‘Ally McBeal’, ‘Sons of Anarchy’, and ‘Masters of Sex’.
Arkin has dubbed his voice for shows such as ‘Star Wars, A New Hope’, ‘The Voyage of The Corps of Discovery’, and ‘The National Parks’. ‘The National Parks’ series also went on to win an Emmy award.
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In an interview with an online source, Arkin had revealed that he is mainly recognized for his role in ‘Sons of Anarchy’. In this 2009 TV series, Arkin portrayed the role of the antagonist ‘Ethan Zobelle’. This role of Arkin’s was very well acclaimed.
Arkin is also well recognized for his role in the popular 2005 movie ‘Hitch’. This movie is also well known for the man who played the lead role, Will Smith, one of the most famous faces of Hollywood.
Awards & Achievements
In 1992, Arkin won a ‘Q Award’ for his role in the television series ‘Northern Exposure’.
For the 1994 movie, ‘Chicago Hope’, Arkin was nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series’ category by the 1997 ‘Emmy Awards’ jury. He was also nominated in the ‘Outstanding Supporting Actor’ category for the same movie by ‘Screen Actors Guild Awards’, which was held the same year.
Arkin was nominated for a ‘Blockbuster Entertainment Award’ in 1999 for his acting prowess in the movie ‘Halloween H20: 20 Years Later’.
In 2002, Arkin won an award for proving his mettle as a director of the children’s movie ‘My Louisiana Sky’. Arkin won a Children’s Jury Award at the ‘Chicago International Film Festival’. He also won a ‘Daytime Emmy’ award in 2002 for the same movie.
Arkin was nominated for a ‘Directors Guild of America’ award in 2002, for the movie ‘My Louisiana Sky’.
Arkin shared the 3rd place at the ‘Boston School of Film Critics Awards’ in 2009, along with his other co-stars for the movie ‘A Serious Man’.
Personal Life & Legacy
Arkin got married twice. He first got married to Linda, with whom he has a daughter by name Molly. Later, he got married in the year 1999 to Phyllis Anne. Arkin and Phyllis have a son and a daughter. The duo got separated in August 2013.
Arkin bears a striking resemblance to famous Hollywood actor George Clooney. In an interview Arkin revealed that during one of the ‘Emmy’ award ceremonies, a member of the media actually photographed him thinking he was Clooney.