Alan Arkin

An often underrated Hollywood legend whose best known films include: "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.
Arkin, however, started out in music- not acting- forming the folk music group The Tarriers, in which he sang and played guitar.

The band-members co-composed the group's 1956 hit "The Banana Boat Song," a reworking, with some new lyrics, of a traditional, same-name Jamaican calypso folk song combined with another titled "Hill and Gully Rider". From 1958 to 1968, he also performed and recorded with the children's folk group, The Baby Sitters. His acting debut came with "The Russians Are Coming, the Russians are Coming" in 1966. To date, he is only one of eight actors to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his first screen appearance. Two years later, he was again nominated, for "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter", although it wasn't until "Little Miss Sunshine" that he would finally win the Oscar, when at 72 years old, he became the sixth oldest winner of the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Other notable films of Arkin include: "Wait Until Dark", "The Seven-Oer-Cent Solution" and "Little Murders" which he also directed. Of his career on Broadway, he starred in "Enter Laughing", for which he won a Tony Award, and "Luv". He also directed "The Sunshine Boys", among others. In addition to all that, he's also authored many books, including the children's stories "The Lemming Condition" and "The Clearing".
Arkin has been married three times. He and Jeremy Yaffe, to whom he was married from 1955 to 1960, have two sons: Adam Arkin- who is himself an accomplished actor-and Matthew Arkin. In 1967, he had son Anthony (Tony) Dana Arkin with actress-screenwriter Barbara Dana, to whom he was married from 1964 to the mid-1990s. And in 1996, he married a psychotherapist, Suzanne Newlander. As of 2007, they live in New Mexico.
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