Date of Birth: Mar 26, 1934
Biography: Alan Wolf Arkin (born March 26, 1934) is an American actor, director, musician and singer. He is best-known for starring in such films as: Catch-22; The In-Laws; Edward Scissorhands; The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming; Glengarry Glen Ross; and Little Miss Sunshine, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2007. He is the father of actors Adam Arkin, Anthony Arkin, and Matthew Arkin...(Wikipedia)
Total Credits at Criticker: 86 (Actor), 2 (Director)
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- A Matter of Principle (1984) - S4 E2
The untold story of one twelve-year-old's dream to become the world's greatest supervillain (IMDb).
Follow the tender but appropriately irreverent account of the life and career of Robert Downey Sr., the fearless and visionary American director who set the standard for countercultural comedy in the 1960s and 1970s.
An ex-felon named Spenser returns to Boston's criminal underworld to unravel a twisted murder conspiracy. (imdb)
A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer.
The Kominsky Method (2018) - TV Series
An aging actor, who long ago enjoyed a brush with fame, makes his living as an acting coach.
Three retirees plan a bank heist. (imdb)
A British Intelligence Officer in Naples at the end of World War II: Norman Lewis's acknowledged masterpiece about a war-torn city and its unforgettable humanity.
When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday.
A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Asian cricket players to play Major League Baseball. (imdb)
A pair of aging con men try to get the old gang back together for one last hurrah before one of the guys takes his last assignment -- to kill his comrade. (imdb)
Magician Burt Wonderstone splits from his longtime stage partner after a guerrilla street magician steals their thunder. By spending some time with his boyhood idol, Burt looks to remember what made him love magic in the first place. (imdb)
A pair of aging boxing rivals are coaxed out of retirement to fight one final bout -- 30 years after their last match. (imdb)
Living in a crime-free neighbourhood is a dream for most people - unless you run a home security company. That's the problem for Kevin and Bruce who, as domestic safety experts in America's safest town, decide to turn to robbery to boost their ailing business. Unfortunately, their larcenous activities set the alarm bells ringing for local cops and low-lying criminals alike. (watch.nowtv.com)
An insurance agent looking for a way out of frigid Wisconsin is blackmailed by an unstable locksmith in the theft of a rare violin that belongs to a retired farmer. (imdb)
As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador. (imdb)
A comedy in which a married father accidentally switches bodies with his best friend, leading to a series of wildly complex difficulties.
With the help of three fans, The Muppets must reunite to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon. (imdb)
In order to raise the tuition to send her young son to private school, a mom starts an unusual business -- a biohazard removal/crime scene clean-up service -- with her unreliable sister. (imdb)
After her much older husband forces a move to a suburban retirement community, Pippa Lee engages in a period of reflection and finds herself heading toward a quiet nervous breakdown. (imdb)
Meet the Rizzos, a family that might get along a lot better if only they could tell each other the truth. (cityislandmovie.com)
Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 for CONTROL, battles the forces of KAOS with the more-competent Agent 99 at his side.
A family learns important life lessons from their adorable, but naughty and neurotic dog.
When Egyptian born terrorism suspect, Anwar El-Ibrahimi disappears on a flight from South Africa to Washington DC, his American wife, Isabella travels to Washington to try and learn the reason for his disappearance. Meanwhile, at a secret detention facility somewhere outside the US, CIA analyst Douglas Freeman is forced to question his assignment in an attempt to save thousands as he becomes a party to the unorthodox interrogation of El-Ibrahim. (imdb)
With his family held for ransom, the head security executive for a global bank is commanded to loot his own business for millions in order to ensure his wife and children's safety. He then faces the demanding task of thwarting the kidnapper's grand scheme, which makes him look guilty of embezzlement. (imdb)
Little Miss Sunshine is an American family road comedy that shatters the mold. Brazenly satirical and yet deeply human, the film introduces audiences to one of the most endearingly fractured families in recent cinema history: the Hoovers, whose trip to a pre-pubescent beauty pageant results not only in comic mayhem but in death, transformation and a moving look at the surprising rewards of being losers in a winning-crazed culture. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Holiday magic mixes with comical chaos at the North Pole in The Santa Clause 3 as Santa juggles a full house of family and the mischievous Jack Frost tries to take over the "big guy's" holiday. (Disney)
A cantankerous old handyman (Alan Arkin) who doesn't want to die alone like his unloved father summons his estranged clan to his deathbed, where family resentments and sibling rivalries play out. (Encore Drama)
The life of a young Jesuit seminarian is turned upside down when he falls in love with a young woman while working as a volunteer at a soup kitchen. (imdb)
A three-part anthology film about love and sexuality: a menage-a-trois between a couple and a young woman on the coast of Tuscany; an advertising executive under enormous pressure at work, who, during visits to his psychiatrist, is pulled to delve into the possible reasons why his stress seems to manifest itself in a recurring erotic dream; and a story of unrequited love about a beautiful, 1960s high-end call girl in an impossible affair with her young tailor. (imdb)
In the Christmas Eve in New York, the lonely divorced publisher Rose Harrison (Susan Sarandon) expects for a miracle to improve the health of her mother, interned in a hospital with Alzheimer. She feels sorry for the patient of the room in front of her mother's and meets his visitor (Robin Williams). Meanwhile, the Latin Nina Vasquez (Penélope Cruz) breaks her engagement with her beloved fiancee Mike (Paul Walker) due to his suffocating jealousy, but misses him... (imdb)
And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003) - TV Movie
Hollywood makes a deal with Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa to film his war and recreate his life.
The Pentagon Papers (2003) - TV Movie
Daniel Ellsberg, a hawkish analyst for the Rand Corporation think-tank and later for the U.S. government, supports the war in Vietnam until two powerful occurrences: the experience, first-hand, of combat and political turmoil in Vietnam, and the discovery of secret Defense Department documents detailing the deliberate fabrication of reasons to initiate and expand the war. Facing a crisis of conscience, Ellsberg becomes convinced that the American people have not been told the truth about the war, its justifications, or its likely outcome.(imdb)
For an awkward, self-conscious girl like Kiki, being the personal assistant to a beautiful mega-star like Gwen isn't easy. But when she dutifully accepts the task of helping Gwen and her estranged mega-star husband Eddie make it through one last public appearance masterminded by legendary press agent Lee Phillips, forever devoted Kiki finds that her job is about to get even harder.
Five contemporary stories weaved together into a single tale that examines the dramatic impact people have on one another. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Varian's War (2001) - TV Movie
Varian (William Hurt) is in America when he see's what is happening to the Jews in France under the German occupation. He resolves to do something about it and persuades fellow Americans to back him financially. He travels to Marseilles and helps get some 2,000 Jews escape, before being arrested and deported himself.
A con-man and a wannabe professional magician team up with a waitress and an old professional on their way to Vegas. (imdb)
A story about the astonishing things that happen when despair turns to hope among the residents of this small village in Nazi-occupied Poland. (Columbia Tristar)
A funny, raw and engagingly personal memoir of growing-up on the wrong side of the 90210 zip code. (Fox Searchlight)
An engrossing sci-fi thriller about an all-too-human man who dares to defy a system obsessed with genetic perfection. (Sony)
Martin Blank is a professional assassin. He is sent on a mission to a small Detroit suburb, Grosse Pointe, and, by coincidence, his ten-year high school reunion party is taking place there at the same time. (imdb)
Fernando, a journalist, and his friend César join terrorist group MR8 in order to fight Brazilian dictatorial regime during the late sixties. Cesare, however, is wounded and captured during a bank hold up. Fernando then decides to kidnap the American ambassador in Brazil and ask for the release of fifteen political prisoners in exchange for his life. (imdb)
An American spy behind the lines during WWII serves as a Nazi propagandist, a role he cannot escape in his future life as he can never reveal his real role in the war. (imdb)
When two unemployed telephone pranksters decide to use their vocal "talents" to impersonate a Chicago mob boss and curry favor with organized crime in New York, the trouble begins. (imdb)
Ruben and Robby are twin brothers, adopted by Mona, one of the wealthiest - and most eccentric - women in Santa Barbara. Ruben is devoted to Mona, but Robby is more devoted to her money. So when Mona leaves her fortune and estate to Ruben it starts a battle between brothers that soon leads to madness, mayhem, and even attempted murder. On Ruben's side is Lou Perilli an ex-Chicago cop and used car dealer who knows the law - and how to get around it... (imdb)
Eleven-year-old North has had it with his parents. They are always busy with their careers and don't give North the attention he needs, so he files a lawsuit against them. The judge rules that North should either find new parents or return to his own parents within two months. (imdb)
Doomsday Gun (1994) - TV Movie
Dr Gerald Bull was a genius at designing and building superguns. (Very large long range guns capable of shooting more than 100 Miles.) When a plan by the CIA to export restricted material using him was exposed, the CIA denied all knowledge and he went to jail. He was later released to help Saddam Hussein build a new supergun capable of firing over 500 miles. Israel, upon learning of the supergun, fears it would be used against themselves.
A San Francisco poet who fears commitment has a girlfriend who he suspects may not be who she appears. (imdb)
Seven friends reunite for a week-long reunion at a summer camp in Ontario they used to attend as children which is now threatened with being closed down. (imdb)
A group of real estate salesmen in Chicago compete for the best "leads" at a small firm selling property in "resort" areas, such as Florida and Arizona. When a hotshot executive from the head office arrives and proposes a vicious sales contest, competition gets stiff, and salesmen who have worked a lifetime for the company find their jobs in jeopardy. (Artisan)
A young pilot stumbles onto a prototype jetpack that allows him to become a high flying masked hero. (imdb)
Edward is a gentle, naive creation with razor sharp scissors for hands. When he is taken home by a kindly Avon lady live with her family, his adventure in the pastel paradise of Suburbia begins!
Three brothers, a corporal a troublemaker and a dreamer meet for the first time in five years. They have met to drive home a car they have bought for their mother's 50th birthday. During the long ride home they get to know each other once again.
Cuba, December 1958: The professional gambler Jack visits Havana to organize a big Poker game. On the ship he meets Roberta and falls in love with her. Shortly after they arrive in Cuba, Roberta and her Cuban husband, the revolutionary Arturo, are arrested and tortured. Arturo is reported "shot while trying to escape," but Jack manages to get Roberta free again... (imdb)
Escape from Sobibor (1987) - TV Movie
During WWII, the death camp at Treblinka had an escape, causing the Commandant at a similar camp in Sobibor to vow (actually threaten) that his camp would never experience the same thing (imdb)
Insurance agent plots with client to kill her nutty husband. (imdb)
Jeff Marx wants to study medicine and become a physician. However, his grades are far from enough to get him into an American medical school. But he he gets a chance to study medicine abroad, in a small Latin American dictatorship, governed by the dictator Ramon Madera, who has a big interest in how the medical students behave. (imdb)
The story of a Jewish writer, from his life as a young boy in Montreal to his more complicated grown-up life. (imdb)
The Fourth Wise Man (1985) - TV Movie
The story of Artaban, the fourth Magi, who spends his life looking for Jesus his King. (imdb)
In this musical parody, an alcoholic ex-superhero that fell out of public favor when he was accused of communism rises again to fight a white supremacist who has stolen a hypnotic ray.
A brave unicorn and a magician fight an evil king who is obsessed with attempting to capture the world's unicorns. (imdb)
A teenager (Adam Arkin) becomes a werewolf after a family vacation in Transylvania. (imdb)
Flash used to be a talented baseball player but he took to drinking and now he sells stolen watches in the streets. One day he meets Chu Chu who, before falling into alcoholism like him, was a successful entertainer. Now she still dances but in the streets for no more than a cent or two. Luck seems to smile at them the day they find stolen government documents forgotten some place. (imdb)
A couple fights for justice to get their injured daughter out of a foster care center. (imdb)
A group of scientists take Simon, a psychology professor, as a test person for a brainwash experiment. After that they try to convince him that he was a living-being from another planet. (imdb)
In preparation for his daughter's wedding, dentist Sheldon Kornpett meets Vince Ricardo, the groom's father... (imdb)
This expensive production attempts to bring Nobel Prize-winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer's subtle philosophical novel The Magician of Lublin to the screen. In the story, Yasha Mazur (Alan Arkin) is a perfectionistic turn-of-the-century Jewish stage magician, con-man and mystic, who is touring through eastern Europe, at the same time managing to progressively sabotage his own career. (allmovie.com)
The Defection of Simas Kudirka (1978) - TV Movie
Based on the true story of the attempted defection in 1970 by a Lithuanian seaman seeking political asylum in the United States. Kudirka was denied asylum and returned to the Soviets, charged with treason, and sentenced to ten years of hard labor. It was later discovered and verified that his mother had been born in Brooklyn and gone to Lithuania at a young age, which meant she was a U. S. citizen. As a result, Kudirka was declared a U. S. citizen and in 1974 released by the Soviets.
The Other Side of Hell (1978) - TV Movie
A disturbed, but highly intelligent man is sent to a criminally insane hospital to serve time and rehabilitate. But when he arrives, he discovers its in fact a closed world where brutality is an everyday occurrence.
Benny and his wife Ruthie a getting set to drive down to Florida, but Benny needs someone to look after his store while he's gone. Though he doesn't think much of him, Benny hands the responsibility over to his son, Russel. While Russel doesn't get much respect from his parents, he's better off than his brother, Ezra, whom Benny has gone so far as to disown. (imdb)
To treat his friend's cocaine induced delusions, Watson lures Sherlock Holmes to Sigmund Freud. (imdb)
Lewis Tater writes Wild West dime novels and dreams of actually becoming a cowboy. When he goes west to find his dream he finds himself in possession of the loot box of two crooks who tried to rob him. During his escape, Lewis stumbles on to the set of a Wild West movie and through mishap and chance becomes a star of Hollywood Westerns. (imdb)
Hapless driving instructor and former Gunnery Sergeant Rafferty, living in squalor near Hollywood, California, doesn't put up too much of a fight when two ladies hitch a ride and attempt to kidnap him in their attempt to get to New Orleans; while initially put off, Rafferty finds he's charmed by the kooky pair of misfits and the three of them drive to Las Vegas, Nevada and later Tucson, Arizona, where their bond eventually unravels. (imdb)
Freebie and Bean, two San Francisco police detectives, have one goal in life: to bring down Red Meyers, a local hijacking boss. After many fruitless months they finally collect an important piece of evidence. (imdb)
The story of a long-distance trucker and his experiences on the road. (imdb)
A middle aged restaurateur begins to feel the desire to roam and realizes that one day each week, his mother's apartment will be empty all afternoon. He makes several attempts at seduction, only to learn that it is much more complicated and difficult than he could have imagined. (imdb)
A girl brings home her latest boyfriend to meet her parents. This is done against the background of random shootings that had just begun in NYC. How the family's failings are magnified by the social confusion of the times is the crux of the plot.
A man is trying desperately to be certified insane during World War II, so he can stop flying missions. (imdb)
Unusual sci-fi invasion film, with a black-comedy twist: The Earth is taken over by The Monitors, aliens who run it like hall monitors in a 1950's high school, with overtones of Big Brother. The film follows the progress of the human underground rebellion. The twist is that as the film goes on, the audience's sympathies shift to the aliens, who are basically benevolent. When the humans manage to oust them, it's back to corruption and bribery by the usual suspects. (imdb)
Impoverished single immigrant father tries to create better life for his two sons. His plans end up putting the children in danger.
A string of robberies has occurred in Britain and it's up to Inspector Clouseau to catch them.
Sentimental story centers around a deaf-mute, Singer, and Mick, a teenager who lives in the house where he rents a room. Mick and Singer become friends, though they are separated by Singer's lack of communication ability and Mick's struggle with teenage traumas... (imdb)
A recently blinded woman is terrorized by a trio of thugs while they search for a heroin stuffed doll they believe is in her apartment. (imdb)
Seven mini-stories of adultery: "Funeral Possession," a wayward widow at her husband's funeral; "Amateur Night," angry wife becomes streetwalker out of revenge; "Two Against One," seemingly prudish girl turns out otherwise; "Super Simone," wife vainly attempts to divert her over-engrossed writer husband; "At the Opera," a battle over a supposedly exclusive dress; "Suicides," a death pact; "Snow," would-be suitor is actually a private detective hired by jealous husband. (imdb)
Without hostile intent, a Soviet sub runs aground off New England. Men are sent for a boat, but many villagers go into a tizzy, risking bloodshed. (imdb)
This lively musical was made to capitalize on the popularity of calypso music and features some excellent production numbers. It all begins when a jukebox magnate tries to force his way into a record company. They succeed and this angers the labels biggest star, who doesn't want to change his style. He disappears and so does all of the company's profits. Musical chaos reigns for awhile, but eventually everything is set to rights and happiness ensues. (allmovie.com)
American Playhouse (1980) - TV Series