Alan Arkin is an American actor and director best known for starring in such films as Catch-22; The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming; and Little Miss Sunshine, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2007.
Although almost exclusively an actor in film, Arkin has made appearances on the television shows East Side/West Side; ABC Stage 67; Sesame Street; Carol Burnett & Company; St. Elsewhere; Faerie Tale Theatre; Harry; A Year In The Life; Chicago Hope; 100 Centre Street; and Will & Grace.
Arkin has also had roles in the following made-for-TV movies:
It Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Guy (1974)
The Other Side of Hell (1978)
The Defection of Simas Kudirka (1978)
A Matter of Principle (1984)
The Fourth Wise Man (1985)
A Deadly Business (1986)
Escape from Sobibor (1987)
Necessary Parties (1988)
Taking the Heat (1993)
Doomsday Gun (1994)
Heck's Way Home (1996)
Blood Money (1999)
Varian's War (2001)
The Pentagon Papers (2003)
And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003)
The 12th Annual Critics' Choice Awards (2007)
Other notable film roles have come in movies such as Inspector Clouseau (1968), Chu Chu and the Philly Flash (1981); Bad Medicine (1985); Edward Scissorhands (1990); Glengarry Glen Ross (1992); The Jerky Boys (1995); Grosse Pointe Blank (1997); Gattaca (1997); Jakob the Liar (1999); America's Sweethearts (2001); Eros (2004); and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006).