Arkin, Alan

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In March of 1934, Alan Wolf Arkin was born in New York to David and Beatrice Arkin, Russian-German Jewish intellects. First attended Los Angeles City College in 1951-1952, followed by a year at Los Angeles State College and finally transferred to Bennington College in 1953. Arkin was a member of a folksinging group called "The Tarriers", that found success across the country touring college campus. Realizing he was displeased with the direction of his life in the group, he retired and began pursuing theatrical work. For the next twenty years, Arkin mastered the theatrical parlance and could be found on all side of the production. In 1972, his first children's book was published, Tony's Hard Work Day . He went on to compose four pieces of work, including an autobiography. Arkin was continuously on a philosophical journey, questioning the demarcation of what is and what is not. He writes, "I used to just question my existence all the time. I guess a lot of people do - it's the 20th century disease, you know, who am I? Well, I don't ask anymore. I don't wake up in the morning and say, who am I? What do I have to do to feel like I'm alive? I already know I'm alive, and since I already know, I don't have to ask."

Biographical source: Something About the Author . Volume 59, 1990.

From the guide to the Alan Arkin Collection, 1972, (University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections [clrc])

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Feiffer, Jules. Jules Feiffer papers, 1919-1995 (bulk 1950-1990). Library of Congress
creatorOf Alan Arkin Collection, 1972 University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections [clrc]
referencedIn William Wolf film & theater interview collection sound recordings, 1972-1988 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Paramount Pictures Corporation. Catch-22 : typescript / Publicity Department. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
referencedIn Frederick Brisson papers, 1934-1984 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn New Yorker records, ca.1924-1984 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Alan Arkin collection, [ca. 1986-ongoing]. Museum of Performance & Design
creatorOf Jewison, Norman, 1926-. The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming, 1966 May 27. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Jules Feiffer Papers, 1919-1995, (bulk 1950-1990) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Sally Belfrage Papers, Bulk, 1960-1990, 1903-1994, (Bulk 1960-1990) Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives
creatorOf Young, Robert, 1933-.... Doomsday gun [Multimédia multisupport] / Robert Young, réal. ; Walter Bernstein et Lionel Chetwynd, scénario ; Frank Langella, Alan Arkin, Kevin Spacey... [et al.], act. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Alix Jeffry additional papers, 1935-1993. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Young, Robert, 1933-.... Doomsday gun [Multimédia multisupport] / Robert Young, réal. ; Walter Bernstein et Lionel Chetwynd, scénario ; Frank Langella, Alan Arkin, Kevin Spacey... [et al.], act. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Photographs: Index. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn John Eldon Thayer collection of motion picture memorabilia, 1916-1979. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Belfrage, Sally, 1936-. Papers, 1903-1994 (bulk 1960-1990). Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Lothar and Eva Just Film Stills Collection. Harvard Film Archive, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Arkin, Alan. Letter by Alan Arkin, 1967. New York Public Library System, NYPL
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associatedWith Belfrage, Sally, 1936- person
associatedWith Brisson, Frederick, 1912-1984 person
correspondedWith Feiffer, Jules. person
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associatedWith Jeffry, Alix. person
correspondedWith New Yorker Magazine, Inc corporateBody
associatedWith Paramount Pictures Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Thayer, John Eldon, 1899-1980 person
associatedWith Wolf, William person
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