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Alan Arkin

Alan Arkin


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Born: March 26, 1934 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...


"Actually, I don't even think I was funny once before I got to Second City. I don't know why they hired me. It was months before I did anything that was remotely humorous. I found one character that worked, and kept playing him over and over. But on weekends we would work four or five hours a night and play 50, 60 characters, improvising, doing set pieces. And that kind of experience is invaluable." --Alan Arkin in Premiere, November 1995.

"Alan's never had an identifiable screen personality because he just disappears into his characters. His acents are impeccable, and he's even able to change his look--but oddly enough, this gift has worked against him. He's always been underestimated, partly because he's never been in service of his own success, which is one of the things I love about him. Alan's just so cool!" --Norman Jewison to Los Angeles Times, January 25, 1998.

Regarding Hollywood's fickle nature: "The tide comes in, and the tide goes out. Believe me, I wasn't taking a breather in the 70s ...

"I was broke when I made 'The Jerky Boys'. But that's nothing to be ashamed about. My job is to make a living from the best material that comes my way. I'd only be embarrassed if I didn't take my acting--even in 'The Jerky Boys'--seriously. But I always do." --Arkin quoted in New York Post, January 26, 1998.

Arkin plans to direct a film about the Brazilian psychic surgeon Arigo, written by wife Barbara and produced by John Cusack, who would also portray the part of a visiting American journalist.

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