Arkin played our favorite cook, although some would say "sociopathic,"
Adam. He earned an emmy
nomination in 1993 for Outstanding Guest Actor/Drama for his
role in 4.21 The Big Feast. As Adam, he also
won the Viewers of Quality Television for Best Specialty Player
award in 1992.
Arkin was born August 19, 1957 in New York City. He is the son of
actor Alan Arkin.
He began his studies at the famed Herbert Berghof Studio at the
young age of ten. His film debut came at age fourteen in Made
for Each Other (1971).
and movie actor who appeared in and directed episodes of the hit
television series Northern
Exposure (1990-95). He directed the episode 4.19
in and directed the TV series Chicago
Hope (1994-2000 ), in which he plays neurologist Dr. Aaron
Shutt. He has more than 40 movies credits. Films include A
Slight Case of Murder (1990) and Hanging
Up (2000), as well as Wrestling Ernest Hemingway,
The Doctor, Baseball, Personal Foul,
Halloween: H20, and Under the Rainbow.
On the Broadway
stage, Arkin received a 1991 Tony Award nomination for his stage
debut performance as Gary Peter Lefkowitz in I
Hate Hamlet. His other stage credits include the successful
revival of Guys and Dolls on Broadway as well as Sight
Unseen and Four Dogs and A Bone off-Broadway. He also
starred opposite Meryl Streep in the Wendy Wasserstein workshop
of An American Daughter at the Seattle Repertory Theatre.
to starring roles on TV series such as Busting
Loose (1977) and Big
Wave Dave's (1993), Arkin has earned Emmy
Award nominations for his supporting roles on Northern Exposure
and Chicago Hope. Arkin's television credits include the
telefilms Not in This Town and In the Line of Duty:
Hunt for Justice and the television series A Year in the
Life, Picket Fences, China Beach, L.A.
Law, St. Elsewhere, Law & Order and Baby Bob.
Arkin has many
guest roles credited. He played an "obsessed fan" on the
200th episode of Fraiser in November 2001 (which is funny to me as an obsessed ... well,
"passionate" fan of Northern Exposure!). In 2002,
he played a very large man (Dale the Whale) on the TV series, Monk,
where he has also directed.
Arkin has done
many voice-over and narrative roles, including TV
Land Moguls, Horatio's
Drive: America's First Road Trip, and Lewis
& Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery.
2005, Arkin returned to Broadway, starring in the show Brooklyn
Boy. He received a Drama Desk nomination for Best Lead
Actor for his role. (Fellow NoEx alum John
Cullum, "Holling" was also
nominated in this category for his role in "Sin: A Cardinal
Disposed," as well as Bill
Irwin, "Enrico 'Bob' Bellati", for his role in "Who's
Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"). He appeared in the movie Marilynn Hotchkiss’
Ballroom Dancing and Charm School featured at Sundance
appeared in Ken Burns' Unforgiveable
Blackness, along with fellow NoEx cast member John
Cullum . The film premiered Jan. 17 and 18. 2005. On TV,
he has a reoccurring role on 8
Simple Rules as Principle Ed Gibb. He also has roles in
three movies in 2005: Marilyn
Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School, Hitch,
and Kids in America. In 2006, he had several reoccuring roles on TV's Boston Legal, and Commander-in-Chief. In May 2007, Arkin will read in the South Coast Repertory Pacific Playwright's Festival. Arkin continues to do work behind the camera, most recently directing episodes of Grey's Anatomy and Boston Legal.
Arkin is part of Ken Burns' documentary "The War." The series about WWII is now on DVD. Arkin appeared in Life on NBC that has been cancelled after two seasons. You can find both Season One and Season Two on DVD. He also has done quite a bit of directing.
and Upcoming Projects:
Arkin guest stars in Sons of Anarchy in Fall 2009 on FX. He has several films coming up: Just Peck, the Coen Brothers' A Serious Man, and Summer Eleven, where he pairs up with Eve again (Valerie Mahaffey).
Arkin once again lent his voice to Ken Burns' latest project, National Parks: America's Best Idea, on PBS stations Sept. 27 - Oct. 2, 2009, and is on DVD.