CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – Happy birthday to Chappaqua’s Alan Arkin.
The Academy Award-winning actor, director, comedian and musician turns 82 today.
The Brooklyn-born Arkin is best-known for his wide-ranging performances from the terrifying “Wait Until Dark” to the goofy “Little Miss Sunshine.” He won the best supporting actor award for the latter.
He was nominated as the Oscars’ best actor for “The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming” and for “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.”
He was also nominated for best supporting actor in “Argo,” a film based on a real-life covert operation to rescue six Americans during the Iran hostage crisis.
Arkin, earlier in his career, also sang in a folk group and performed in a comedy troupe.
He has directed films and plays, and is a published writer and the author of numerous children’s books.
Arkin won a Tony Award for his star turn in the Broadway play “Enter Laughing.”
According to Wikipedia, Arkin has been married three times. He and his second wife, actress-screenwriter Barbara Dana, lived in Chappaqua for a time. He married spouse No. 3 in the late 1990s and lives with her in California.
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