Who is Larry Hankin?
Larry Hankin is an American actor, comedian, director, and producer who has performed in over 100 movies. He is known for his appearances as Ace in ‘Running Scared,’ Charley Butts in ‘Escape from Alcatraz,’ and Carl Alphonse in ‘Billy Madison.’ As a comedian, he is best recognized for his work with Magic Hugs, an online comedy group, as well as Channel 101’s ‘Baby Mentalist’. Born in New York City, Hankin attended Syracuse University with fellow artists Carl Gottlieb and Frank Langella. He studied acting and designing. He stepped into the entertainment world as an illustrator and later landed roles in films and television. Known for his deadpan voice and slender frame, Hankin has emerged as a successful actor. He is also a talented screenwriter, singer, director, and producer.
Larry Hankin started his acting career in 1966. His earlier appearances were in the TV shows 'Viva Max', 'Funnyman', 'How Sweet It Is' and 'The Phynx'. In 1977, he appeared in an episode titled "The Bums vs. the Reds" of the situation comedy series ‘The San Pedro Beach Bums’. The following year, he played the role of a bartender in ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’. After this, the actor featured in 'Escape from Alcatraz', a prison thriller flick that also featured Patrick McGoohan, Fred Ward, and Jack Thibeau.
In 1980, Larry Hankin had a minor role in the comedy flick ‘Loose Shoes’. That year, he starred in the short film ‘Solly's Diner’ that earned him an Academy Award nomination. The following year, he made a guest appearance in an episode of ‘Eight Is Enough’. Then in 1982, the actor played the dog catcher in the musical comedy-drama movie ‘Annie’. The movie is about an orphan who is taken in by America's richest billionaire. It earned mixed reviews from film critics and garnered $57 million against its $50 million budget.
Following appearances in ‘The Star Chamber’ and ‘The Sting II’ in 1983, Larry Hankin did the movie ‘The Sure Thing’. The romantic comedy movie released in 1985 chronicles the journey of a group of college students as they move from New England to Los Angeles with the aim to find their perfect matches. The following year, he featured in the buddy cop action comedy ‘Running Scared’ as well as in Janet Jackson’s music video ‘What Have You Done For Me Lately’. He followed this with appearances in the films 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles', and 'She's Having a Baby'.
The actor commenced the 1990s with roles in ‘Home Alone’ and ‘Pretty Woman’. ‘Home Alone’ spawned a successful movie franchise with four sequels, including two made-for-television and two theatrical films. In 1992, he had a role in the flick ‘Out on a Limb’. During 1994 and 1995, he featured in an episode each of 'Party of Five', 'Ellen', 'Courthouse', 'Star Trek: Voyager', and 'Friends'. This was followed by his appearances in the TV drama ‘Claude's Crib’.
During the 2000s, Hankin featured in the TV shows 'Joan of Arcadia', 'Malcolm in the Middle', and 'The Sarah Silverman Program'. During this decade, he also featured in two seasons of ‘Breaking Bad’ as junkyard owner Old Joe. He later reprised his role from the show in the Netflix flick, ‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’.
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Family & Personal Life
Larry Hankin was born on August 31, 1940, in New York City, New York, USA. After graduating from high school, he attended Syracuse University.