Adam Arkin Biography

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Quick Facts

19 August 1956 AD
60 Years
Leo    Leo Men

Alan Arkin
Jeremy Yaffe
Anthony Arkin, Matthew Arkin
Linda Arkin (Divorced; 1 child), Phyllis Lyons (1999–present; 1 child)
Molly Arkin
$10 million
2002 – Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Directing in a Children’s Special for My Louisiana Sky.

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’.
  • 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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