Alan Arkin is an incredibly talented man. He is an Oscar-winning actor, director, comedian, musician as well as a singer. He is also a screenwriter. He is popular all over the world for his works in amazing movies such as Wait Until Dark (1967), Catch-22 (1970), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), and Argo (2012) with numerous other movies.

He has also won many prestigious awards for his works like BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Academy Award.

Quick Info
Full NameAlan Wolf Arkin
Date of BirthMarch 26, 1934
Birth PlaceBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
Parent(s)David I. Arkin and Beatrice Wortis
OccupationActor, Director, Screen writer, Musician, Singer
Age86 years
Height5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m)
Spouse(s)/Partner(s)Jeremy Yaffe
​(m. 1955; div. 1961)​
Barbara Dana
​​(m. 1964; div. 1994)​
Suzanne Newlander ​(m. 1996)
Children3 (Adam Arkin, Matthew Arkin and Anthony Dana Arkin)
Net worthUS $15 million

Early Life and Bio

Alan Arkin was born on the 26th of March, 1934 in Brooklyn, New York, United States of America (USA). He is the son of David I. Arkin and Beatrice Wortis. His father worked as a painter and writer while his mother worked as a teacher. When Alan was just 11, he and his parents relocated to Los Angeles. He was brought up in a family that didn’t quite believe in religion.

Alan Arkin

Nationality and Physical Stats

Alan Arkin’s nationality is American while his ethnicity is white with Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. He is currently 86 years old. 

The man has a slim-built body of height 5 feet 9 inches or 1.75 m and weight 71 kg or 156.5 lbs. His shoe size is unknown.

His zodiac sign is Aries.

Education: Schooling

After moving to Los Angeles with his family, Alan started studying at the Franklin High School. He had already started taking acting lessons at age 10 before relocating to Los Angeles. After completing high school, he studied drama at Los Angeles City College from 1951 to 1953 and graduated. Shortly after that, he enrolled at the Bennington College in Vermont to continue his studies and passed out in 1954.


Alan Arkin is one of the six actors in the world to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his first screen appearance for The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming in 1966 as Lt. Rozanov. After this, he performed in various roles.

Some of his amazing movies are Inspector Clouseau (1968) as Inspector Jacques Clouseau, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968) as John Singer, Popi (1969) as Abraham Rodriguez, Catch-22 (1970) as Captain John Yossarian, Hearts of the West (1975) as Burt Kessler, Simon (1980) as Prof. Simon Mendelssohn, Improper Channels (1981) as Jeffrey Martley, Joshua Then and Now (1985) as Reuben Shapiro, Edward Scissorhands (1990) as Bill Boggs, Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) as George Aaronow, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001) as Gene, Little Miss Sunshine (2006) as Edwin Hoover, Argo (2012) as Lester Siegel starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Spenser Confidential (2020) as Henry Cimoli and many others.

He is the only actor to win an Oscar Award for playing the titular role in Inspector Clouseau.

Alan Arkin


The first-ever movie directed by Arkin was a 12-minute children’s film titled People Soup. This movie of his was even nominated in the Oscars.

As an Oscar-winning director, he has directed movies like Little Murders (1971), Fire Sale (1977), Samuel Beckett Is Coming Soon (1993), and a few others.

Tv shows

Alan Arkin’s first appearance in a television series was in the 1964’s East Side/West Side as Ted Miller. After that, he has performed in numerous other television shows and even awards for shows like ABC Stage 67 (1966) as Barney Kempinski, Sesame Street (1970-1971) as Larry, Escape from Sobibor (1987) as Leon Feldhendler, Cooperstown (1993) as Harry Willette, Chicago Hope (1997) as Zoltan Karpathein, The Pentagon Papers (2003) as Harry Rowen, The Kominsky Method (2018-2019) as Norman Newlander.

He has also starred as the voice actor of J.D. Salinger in the popular animated series named BoJack Horseman (2015-2016).

Awards and Achievements

Alan Arkin has been nominated uncountable times for various prestigious awards like Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Critics Award, Primetime Emmy Award, Independent Spirit Awards, and many other renowned awards. He has won these awards for lots of excellent movies and shows like Argo, Little Miss Sunshine, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, Edward Scissorhands, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966), Chicago Hope (1997), Cooperstown, The Kominsky Method (2018-2019) and many others.

On June 7, 2019, he was honored with the 2,665th Hollywood Walk of Fame star at 6914 Hollywood Boulevard. He is also the proud receiver of the Gregory Peck Award for “Cinematic Excellence”, which was given to him in 2014.

Alan Arkin

Personal Life: Wife

As far as we know, Alan Arkin has been married to three women so far. He married Jeremy Yaffe in the year 1955 but sadly, the couple had to separate in 1961 due to some unknown reasons. The couple was blessed with two named Adam Arkin and Matthew Arkin who was born on August 19, 1956, and March 21, 1960, respectively.

Similarly, after he separated from Jeremy, he married Barbara Dana in 1964. They also had a son together named Anthony Dana Arkin who was born in 1967. Unfortunately, the couple divorced in 1994.

He married Suzanne Newlander in 1996. Their marriage is still going strong, however, the couple does not have their own children yet.

What is Alan Arkin’s Net worth?

The 86 year old talented man has been working in the entertainment industry as an actor, director, writer, musician, and singer since 1955 to date and has been able to amass a huge amount of money. He is currently estimated to have a net worth of $15 million.


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