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Actor/director Adam Arkin’s career continues to span television, theatre, and motion pictures.
In the latter medium, his credits as actor include Randa Haines’ The Doctor and Wrestling Ernest Hemingway; Steve Miner’s Halloween H20, opposite Jamie Lee Curtis, and Lake Placid; Steven Schachter’s telefilm A Slight Case of Murder, with William H. Macy; Philip Messina’s With Friends Like These…; Diane Keaton’s Hanging Up; Andy Tennant’s Hitch; and two upcoming independent films, Michael Nickles’ Just Peck and Joseph Kell’s Summer Eleven. Among the short films he has appeared in are Todd Haynes’ Dottie Gets Spanked and his father Alan’s People Soup, which was an Academy Award nominee for Best [Live Action] Short Subject.
Mr. Arkin was a Directors Guild of America Award nominee, and won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Direction in a Children’s Special, for the telefilm My Louisiana Sky, whose star Kelsey Keel also won a Daytime Emmy Award. His other credits as director include episodes of such top television series as Grey’s Anatomy, Boston Legal, Ally McBeal, and Monk.
He also directed episodes of the hit series Chicago Hope and Northern Exposure. As actor, Mr. Arkin received Emmy Award nominations for his regular and recurring, respectively, roles on the latter shows; and was also an Emmy Award nominee for a role on Frasier, one of the many shows that he has guest-starred on over the years. Among the other series that he has had recurring roles on are The West Wing, 8 Simple Rules, and, currently, Sons of Anarchy; among the other series that he has been a regular on are A Year in the Life and, most recently, Life, for which he also directed episodes.
He received a Tony Award nomination, and won a Theatre World Award, for his performance in Paul Rudnick’s play I Hate Hamlet, staged by Michael Engler; and returned to Broadway as Nathan Detroit in Jerry Zaks’ revival of Guys and Dolls, and in Daniel Sullivan’s staging of Donald Margulies’ Brooklyn Boy, for which he was a Drama Desk Award nominee. Mr. Arkin’s off-Broadway stage credits include John Patrick Shanley’s Four Dogs and a Bone; and he starred opposite Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore in Daniel Sullivan’s Seattle Rep staging of Wendy Wasserstein’s An American Daughter.