Thursday, March 26, 2009

Happy Birthday Alan Arkin!

Today is Alan Arkin's 75th birthday! and to celebrate the life of one of my mostest favorite actors here are 5 facts you may or may not have known about the man:



1. A founding member of the folk group The Tarriers, he co-wrote the song "The Banana Boat Song" (also known as "Day-o"), which later became a mega-hit for Harry Belafonte.

2. His middle name is Wolf. Cool.

3. Arkin is one of only eight actors to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his first screen appearance (for The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming in 1966).

4. Arkin is also the author of many books, including the children's stories Tony's Hard Work Day (illustrated by James Stevenson, 1972), The Lemming Condition (illustrated by Joan Sandin, 1976), and The Clearing (1986 continuation of Lemming).

5. He was a founding member of Chicago's Second City improv troupe.

8 comments:

MC said...

Have you ever seen Kevin Pollak talking about driving Alan Arkin nuts by doing an impression of him at various points in his professional life?

Verification Word: So cyber

Anonymous said...

I went to imdb.com to see how many of his roles I recognized, and I see something that catches my eye. He went to LACC (Los Angeles Community College) and he's a year and a half older than my mother, who also went there (after he'd left, natch).

Okay, onto the roles

Catch-22, he was Yossarian.
(I've only read the book, I will try to see this as soon as possible, because I believe Yossarian still lives!)
The Seven Percent Solution, he was Freud.
(I have seen this, good movie, dealt with Sherlock Holmes' drug addiction, and we find out Prof. Moriarty was really just his math tutor who had an affair with Holmes' mother.
The Last Unicorn, he voiced Schmendrick
(awesome movie, I need to rewatch it)
Edward Scissorhands, he was Bill, the father of the family Edward stayed with
(awesome movie)
Jakob the Liar, he was Frankfurter
(good movie, but it was definitely Robin Williams focused)

And that's the roles I would've known him from.

Becca said...

MC- No. But I bet it's great! YouTube here I come! And that is such a great verification! You are sooo cyber dude!

Anon-
Rats! He seems like he'd be kind of fun to hang with especially young Mr. Arkin ;)

You know I still haven't seen Catch 22 all the way through but it's on that too watch list! He was great in 7% solution and the Last Unicorn is one of my most favorite movies and possible the movie I've seen more than any other (that list includes Big Trouble in Little China, The Goonies and Labyrinth. Cable in the 80's was FAB!).

And I adore how ultra-mundane he is in Edward Scissorhands! His delivery is great!

Have you seen Full Moon High? It stars his son Adam as a high school student how becomes a werewolf. It's ultra B but Alan Arkin is in it too and has some of the best lines of his career! Really fun movie!

Booksteve said...

In the mid 70s, he was an absolute favorite of mine--FREEBIE AND THE BEAN, RAFFERTY AND THE GOLD DUST TWINS, THE IN-LAWS, etc. He also gave one of the creepiest performances ever menacing blind Audrey Hepburn in 1967's WAIT UNTIL DARK

MC said...

Transcript of Alan Arkin on Larry King 1993 Kevin Pollak is caller number 8.

Captain Incredible said...

Two of my favourite movies of his are The In-Laws with Peter Falk -

"Serpentine, Shelly - serpentine!"

and (obviously) The Return of Captain Invincible with Christopher Lee -

"The mystic mark - sign of a bond that can never be broken..."

A giant.

Becca said...

Booksteve-
I haven't seen Freebie either! But it has such a memorable name I've been wanting to check it out. I haven't seen Wait Until Dark either believe it or not but recently read that Arkin had a really tough time acting in the scene where they torment Audrey.

MC-
AWESOME. Can't wait to check this out!

Capt-
GOD he is so GREAT as Captain Invincible! I totally have the music running through my head now!

11 said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.