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Also Known As: Died:
Born: April 30, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Jersey City, New Jersey, USA Profession: director, producer, editor, 2nd unit director

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A graduate of Roger Corman's school for future Hollywood directors, Allan Arkush debuted as editor and co-director (with Joe Dante) of "Hollywood Boulevard" (1976), an uneven but amusing study of an actress who goes to work for a Cormanesque director. His first solo effort was the enjoyable 50s spoof "Rock 'n' Roll High School" (1979) which centered on a rebellious teen who takes on her uptight principal played out against a soundtrack by the Ramones. "Heartbeeps" (1981), on the other hand, teamed Andy Kaufman and Bernadette Peters in a subpar comedy about two robots who fall in love; Stan Winston's Oscar-nominated makeup all but overpowered the film's gentle story. After helming the inferior sequel "Caddyshack II" (1988), Arkush abandoned features to concentrate on his burgeoning small screen career. He helmed numerous episodics including "St. Elsewhere", "L.A. Law", "Moonlighting", for which he earned an Emmy nomination, "I'll Fly Away" and more recently, "Ally McBeal" and "Dawson's Creek". Arkush also steered the New Jersey-set TV-movie "Young at Heart" (CBS, 1995) and the highly-regarded Showtime movie "Elvis Meets Nixon" (1997), which was based on a true story.

A graduate of Roger Corman's school for future Hollywood directors, Allan Arkush debuted as editor and co-director (with Joe Dante) of "Hollywood Boulevard" (1976), an uneven but amusing study of an actress who goes to work for a Cormanesque director. His first solo effort was the enjoyable 50s spoof "Rock 'n' Roll High School" (1979) which centered on a rebellious teen who takes on her uptight principal played out against a soundtrack by the Ramones. "Heartbeeps" (1981), on the other hand, teamed Andy Kaufman and Bernadette Peters in a subpar comedy about two robots who fall in love; Stan Winston's Oscar-nominated makeup all but overpowered the film's gentle story. After helming the inferior sequel "Caddyshack II" (1988), Arkush abandoned features to concentrate on his burgeoning small screen career. He helmed numerous episodics including "St. Elsewhere", "L.A. Law", "Moonlighting", for which he earned an Emmy nomination, "I'll Fly Away" and more recently, "Ally McBeal" and "Dawson's Creek". Arkush also steered the New Jersey-set TV-movie "Young at Heart" (CBS, 1995) and the highly-regarded Showtime movie "Elvis Meets Nixon" (1997), which was based on a true story.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Prince Charming (2003) Director
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  Elvis Meets Nixon (1997) Director
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  Young At Heart (1995) (1995) Director
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  XXX's & OOO's (1994) Director
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  Shake, Rattle and Rock (1994) Director
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  Caddyshack II (1988) Director
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  Get Crazy (1983) Director
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  Heartbeeps (1981) Director
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CAST: (feature film)

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 Cannonball (1976)
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Raised in Fort Lee, New Jersey
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Worked as a stagehand at the Fillmore Theater in NYC
1970:
Student film, "Septuagenarian's Substitute Ball" won second prize at the National Student Film Festival
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Directed the Bette Midler-Mick Jagger "Beast of Burden" music video
1979:
First solo directing credit "Rock 'n' Roll High School"; also scripted
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Directed many episodes of the ABC series "Moonlighting"; received an Emmy nomination for his work during the 1986/87 season
1988:
Last feature to date, "Caddyshack II"
1994:
Helmed "Shake, Rattle and Rock", one of the segments of Showtime's "Rebel Highway"
1997:
Directed episodes of "Ally McBeal" (Fox)
1998:
Helmed the well-received biographical miniseries "The Temptations" (NBC)
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Education

Franklin & Marshall College: Lancaster , Pennsylvania -
New York University: New York , New York -

Notes

Arkush directed more "Moonlighting" episodes than any other director according to ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY (July 19, 1991)

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wife:
Joanne Palace. Producer.
wife:
Diane Arkush.

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daughter:
Allison Regina Arkush. Born on May 29, 1992.
daughter:
Jacqueline Marie Arkush. Born on May 7, 1994.
daughter:
Samantha Arkush.

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