Adam Arkin (born August 19, 1956) is an American actor and director. He is known for playing the role of Aaron Shutt on Chicago Hope. He has been nominated for numerous awards, including a Tony (Best Actor, 1991, I Hate Hamlet) as well as three primetime Emmys, four SAG Awards (Ensemble, Chicago Hope), and a DGA Award (My Louisiana Sky). In 2002, Arkin won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Directing in a Children's Special for My Louisiana Sky. He is also one of the three actors to portray Dale "The Whale" Biederbeck on Monk. Between 2007 and 2009, he starred in Life. Beginning in 1990, he had a recurring guest role on Northern Exposure playing the angry, paranoid Adam, for which he received an Emmy nomination. In 2009, he portrayed villain Ethan Zobelle, a white separatist gang leader, in Sons of Anarchy and as Principal Ed Gibb in 8 Simple Rules (2003–2005). His father Alan Arkin and brother Matthew are also actors.
|Parent||Alan Arkin (father)|
|Relatives||Matthew Arkin (brother)|
David I. Arkin (paternal grandfather)
Early life Edit
Arkin was born in Brooklyn, New York City, to actor, director and writer Alan Arkin and his first wife Jeremy Yaffe. Arkin joined his parents singing in the children's music group the Baby Sitters, along with Lee Hays and Doris Willens. He graduated from Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, New York. Arkin is Jewish.
Arkin guest-starred in the award-winning television show Happy Days in episode 35, season 2 in 1975. Also in 1975, he made a guest appearance on Barney Miller (episode: "Grand Hotel"). His first starring role in television was as Lenny Markowitz, the central character in the 1977 series Busting Loose. He since has appeared in various television series such as A Year in the Life (1988), The Twilight Zone (1986), Northern Exposure (CBS, 1990–1995), where he played the mercurial barefooted chef Adam, and Chicago Hope (CBS, 1994–2000). He appeared in two Law & Order episodes, "Self Defense" (season three, 1992) as jewelry store owner George Costas and "Red Ball" (season 16, 2005) as a district attorney named Charles Graham. He also appeared in Picket Fences (season two, episode 13). Other television appearances include The West Wing (1999) (as trauma specialist and psychiatrist Dr. Stanley Keyworth), Frasier, as an obsessive fan of Frasier, for which he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, Boston Legal, Baby Bob, Monk and 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (2002). In 2007, he starred in the NBC drama Life in the role of Ted Earley. He played a white separatist leader named Ethan Zobelle during the second season of the series Sons of Anarchy. In 2011, he appeared in The Closer episode "To Serve with Love" (season seven). He also portrayed mob boss Theo Tonin on Justified in 2011 and an FBI agent in The Chicago Code.
Arkin's film appearances include Hitch (2005) and Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998). He has performed in Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional theatre productions, including both the South Coast Repertory world premiere and Broadway production of Brooklyn Boy by playwright Donald Margulies. In addition, he is known for his directing work, having done episodes of Grey's Anatomy, Boston Legal, The Riches, Dirt, Ally McBeal, Sons of Anarchy, The Blacklist, Justified, and Masters of Sex. He won an Emmy for directing the Showtime television film My Louisiana Sky. In April 2008, Arkin guest-starred in the web series Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show. He played the part of a divorce lawyer in the film A Serious Man (2009), directed by Ethan and Joel Coen.
Arkin also played a minor role in the radio drama of Star Wars as the voice of Fixer. For PBS, he voiced Meriwether Lewis in Ken Burns' The Voyage of the Corps of Discovery (1997). He also provided character voice work for the Emmy-winning series The National Parks.
He has directed three episodes of the 2013 Cold War television drama The Americans, is co-executive producer of the television series Get Shorty, directed the final episode of the second season (2014) of Masters of Sex, and directed the final two episodes of the critically acclaimed second season (2015) of Fargo, in which he also had a minor role.
Personal life Edit
He has a daughter Molly with his first wife Linda. He was married to Phyllis Anne Lyons from 1999 to 2013, and they had one son together. Phyllis filed for divorce in August 2013. He married Michelle Dunker in 2017.
|1969||The Monitors||Boy in Monitors Commercial|
|1969||People Soup||Adam||Short film|
|1971||Made for Each Other||Teenage Guido "Gig" Panimba|
|1974||Moe and Joe||Ralph||Television film|
|1974||It Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Guy||Ken Walters||Television film|
|1975||All Together Now||Jerry||Television film|
|1976||Baby Blue Marine||Rupe|
|1979||Tom Edison: The Boy Who Lit Up the World||Cole Bogardis||Television film|
|1981||Under the Rainbow||Henry Hudson|
|1981||Chu Chu and the Philly Flash||Charlie|
|1981||Full Moon High||Tony Walker|
|1985||The Fourth Wise Man||Joseph||Television film|
|1988||Necessary Parties||Mr. Dunfee||Television film|
|1990||Heat Wave||Art Berman||Television film|
|1990||A Promise to Keep||Louis Colt||Television film|
|1991||The Doctor||Dr. Eli Blumfield|
|1993||Wrestling Ernest Hemingway||Bookstore Manager||Uncredited|
|1995||In the Line of Duty: Hunt for Justice||Agent Gabriel Valentino||Television film|
|1997||Not in This Town||Brian Schnitzer||Television film|
|1998||Halloween H20: 20 Years Later||Will Brennan||Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor – Horror|
|1998||With Friends Like These...||Steve Hersh|
|1998||Thirst||Bob Miller||Television film|
|1999||A Slight Case of Murder||Detective Fred Stapelli||Television film|
|2000||Dropping Out||Scott Kayle|
|2000||Hanging Up||Joe Marks|
|2000||East of A||Sylvester|
|2001||Off Season||Richard Frangello||Television film|
|2002||Roughing It||Henry||Television film|
|2002||Stark Raving Mad||Don Partridge||Uncredited|
|2005||Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School||Gabe Difranco|
|2005||Chloe||The Father||Short film|
|2005||Kids in America||Ed Mumsford|
|2006||Murder on Pleasant Drive||John David Smith||Television film|
|2009||Just Peck||Michael Peck|
|2009||A Serious Man||Don Milgram||Nominated—Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast|
|2010||Tell Tale||Husband||Short film|
|2010||Who Gets the Parents||Gene||Television film|
|2014||10 Cent Pistol||Nir Zir|
|1975||Happy Days||Bo||Episode: "Fonzie Joins the Band"|
|1975||We'll Get By||Richard||Episode: "Family Portrait"|
|1975||Barney Miller||Howard Smith||Episode: "Grand Hotel"|
|1975||Harry O||Eric Kershaw||Episode: "Portrait of a Murder"|
|1975||Hawaii Five-O||Alex Scofield||Episode: "A Touch of Guilt"|
|1976||Visions||Bernie Heller||Episode: "The Great Cherub Knitwear Strike"|
|1977||Busting Loose||Lenny Markowitz||21 episodes|
|1978||The Love Boat||Alex Lambert||Episode: "Heads or Tails"|
|1978||Captain Kangaroo||Genie of the Banana||Episode: "10 January 1978"|
|1978||Pearl||Pvt. Billy Zylowski||3 episodes|
|1979||$weepstake$||Joey||Episode: "Lynn and Grover and Joey"|
|1982||Teachers Only||Michael Dreyfuss||8 episodes|
|1982||The Love Boat||Jonathan Stevens||Episode: "Salvaged Romance"|
|1985||St. Elsewhere||Doug Zageck||Episode: "Fathers and Sons"|
|1986–87||L.A. Law||Richard Kendall||2 episodes|
|1986||The Twilight Zone||Michael Wright||Episode: "A Matter of Minutes"|
|1986||All Is Forgiven||Phil Douglas||Episode: "Past Perfect"|
|1986||Tough Cookies||Danny Polchek||6 episodes|
|1986||A Year in the Life||Jim Eisenberg||3 episodes|
|1987–88||A Year in the Life||Jim Eisenberg||22 episodes|
|1989||Hard Time on Planet Earth||Harry Newcomb||Episode: "Losing Control"|
|1989||MacGyver||Tony Parisio||Episode: "The Invisible Killer"|
|1989–1990||Knots Landing||Mark Baylor||6 episodes|
|1990–1995||Northern Exposure||Adam||10 episodes|
Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Specialty Player
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
|1991||China Beach||Joe Arneburg||3 episodes|
|1991||Nurses||Peter Teller||Episode: "Love, Death, and the Whole Damn Thing"|
|1991||The Hidden Room||Episode: "Dream of the Wolf"|
|1992||Law & Order||George Costas||Episode: "Self Defense"|
|1993||Tribeca||Bob||Episode: "Stepping Back"|
|1993||Big Wave Dave's||Marshall Fisher||6 episodes|
|1994||Picket Fences||Attorney Robert Biel||2 episodes|
|1994–2000||Chicago Hope||Dr. Aaron Shutt||138 episodes|
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1995–98)
|1996||Picket Fences||Edward||Episode: "The Z Files"|
|1997||Perversions of Science||Paul Danko||Episode: "Dream of Doom"|
|2000–2002||The West Wing||Dr. Stanley Keyworth||4 episodes|
|2001||The Chris Isaak Show||Jimmy Vane||Episode: "Hurricane"|
|2001||Frasier||Tom||Episode: "The Two Hundredth"|
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
|2002||Monk||Dale 'The Whale' Biederbeck||Episode: "Mr. Monk Meets Dale the Whale"|
|2002–2003||Baby Bob||Walter Spencer||14 episodes|
|2003||The Practice||Atty. Albert Ginsberg||Episode: "The Chosen"|
|2004–2005||8 Simple Rules||Principal Ed Gibb||12 episodes|
|2005||Law & Order||Charlie Graham||Episode: "Red Ball"|
|2006||Commander in Chief||Carl Brantley||2 episodes|
|2006||Boston Legal||A.D.A. Douglas Kupfer||3 episodes|
|2007–2009||Life||Ted Earley||32 episodes|
|2009||Sons of Anarchy||Ethan Zobelle||11 episodes (season 2)|
|2011||The Chicago Code||FBI Division Chief Cuyler||2 episodes|
|2011||The Closer||Steven Hirschbaum||Episode: "To Serve With Love"|
|2012||The Newsroom||Adam Roth||Episode: "The Blackout, Part 2: Mock Debate"|
|2012–2014||Justified||Theo Tonin||3 episodes; also director (5 episodes)|
|2013||Family Tools||Mr. Baynor||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2014||Masters of Sex||Shep Tally||3 episodes|
|The Bridge||Federal Investigator||3 episodes|
|2015||State of Affairs||Victor Gantry||6 episodes|
|Fargo||Hamish Broker||3 episodes; also director (2 episodes)|
|2016||How To Get Away With Murder||Wallace Mahoney||4 episodes|
|Modern Family||Reece||Episode: "Man Shouldn't Lie"|
|2016||The Carmichael Show||Grant||Episode: "Maxine's Dad"|
|2017–2019||Get Shorty||Co-Executive Producer/director||7 episodes|
|2019||Santa Clarita Diet||Evan||Episode: "The Cult of Sheila"|
|The Act||Detective||Episode: "Bonnie & Clyde"|
|2020||Tommy||Episode: 10 "Packing Heat"|
|Law & Order SVU||Dr. Julius Adler||Season 21, Episode 8: We Dream of Machine Elves|
|neXt||Episodes: "file #7"/"file #10"|
|2021||Rebel||Mark Duncan||Recurring role and also executive producer|
|2021||Big Shot||Tim||3 episodes|
|2022||Benjamin Franklin||Elkanah Watson||Documentary|
|The Offer||director; 4 episodes|
|2023||The Night Agent||director; 2 episodes|
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