Allan Arkush


Director

About

Birth Place
Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
Born
April 30, 1948

Biography

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 ...

Family & Companions

Joanne Palace
Wife
Producer.
Diane Arkush
Wife

Biography

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.

Life Events

1970

Student film, "Septuagenarian's Substitute Ball" won second prize at the National Student Film Festival

1979

First solo directing credit "Rock 'n' Roll High School"; also scripted

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)

Family

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

Companions

Joanne Palace
Wife
Producer.
Diane Arkush
Wife

Bibliography