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Born in Brooklyn with Pride: Alan Arkin


Alan Arkin who's 87 is a renowned actor and director that has made up laugh for years.

His father David was a painter and writer and his mother Beatrice was a teacher. He was raised in a non religious Jewish family.

Arkin moved to Los Angeles at age 11 with his parents. I recently rekindled my interest in Arkin after watching "The Kominsky Method", a Netflix series that stars Arkin and Michael Douglas. Arkin is still so steady, witty, real and funny. His comedic timing is still spot on.

His film credits are long. Many consider his best known films to be Wait Until Dark, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Catch-22, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, Little Murders, The In-Laws, Glengarry Glen Ross, and Little Miss Sunshine.

In was for his role in "Little Miss Sunshine" that he won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Arkin plays a foul-mouthed grandfather who surprisingly snorts heroin.

He won a Tony Award for starring in Enter Laughing.

The famous Brooklyn-born list of people is long and includes: Jackie Gleason, Danny Kaye, Moe & Curly of the Three Stooges, Chuck Connors, Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld, Jimmy Kimmel, Anne Hathaway, Larry King, Vince Lombardi, Vinnie Testaverde, Phil Rizzuto, Tommy Davis, Connie Hawkins, Chris Mullins, Carmelo Anthony, Mike Tyson, Michael Jordan and Dr. Anthony Fauci to name a few.

Though I was a proud Manhattan resident for 12 years, I was equally as proud to say I was born in Brooklyn. I lived in Brooklyn for the first seven years of my life in the Avenue J section near Brooklyn College and later in the Sunset Park (53rd St. & 6th Avenue).

I attended PS 94 and remember as a kid going to Sunset Park with my mother and little cousins to cool off in their large water sprinkler version of a pool. It was how us city kids survived the hot summers. As a teenager, I spent three summers at my Uncle's house in Gerritsen Beach. As an adult, I worked at the Brooklyn Army Terminal for three years.

No matter who I meet or work with, there’s never any hesitation when asked; Where were you born? I say Brooklyn with pride.

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