Better known for an acting career spanning 40 plus years, Adam Arkin has become one of the busier television directors working today. He is currently serving as Producing Director and Co-Executive Producer on Get Shorty, a new television show for EPIX. He also served as Producing Director on the freshman season of the critically acclaimed FX spy drama The Americans and on the second season of Secrets and Lies for ABC. Starting with Northern Exposure, Arkin has helmed episodes of Billions, Sneaky Pete, Masters of Sex, Longmire, Fargo, The Bridge, Nurse Jackie, Justified and Sons Of Anarchy to name a few. He directed the Showtime original family film, My Louisiana Sky, for which he won a Daytime Emmy.
As an actor, amongst his hundreds of television appearances, Arkin has been nominated for Emmy awards in three different categories for his work on Chicago Hope, on which he starred for six seasons; Northern Exposure; and as a guest star on the 200th episode of Frasier. Other recent television credits include Fargo, Masters of Sex, The Carmichael Show, Modern Family, How to Get Away with Murder, State of Affairs, The Bridge, The Newsroom, Sons of Anarchy, Justified and Life. He has been one of the narrating cast members on several of Ken Burns’ award-winning documentaries, including The War, Lewis and Clark, Baseball and Jazz.
Arkin’s film credits include the Coen Brother’s feature A Serious Man, Hitch, The Doctor with William Hurt, Wrestling Ernest Hemingway with Robert Duvall, Hanging Up, Lake Placid, Under the Rainbow, Halloween H20, With Friends Like These and Baby Blue Marine. He was nominated for Canada’s Genie Award for his screenplay of Improper Channels, a feature starring his father Alan Arkin.
On the stage, Arkin received a Tony nomination for his Broadway debut, in Paul Rudnick’s comedy, I Hate Hamlet. He played the title role in Donald Margulies’ Brooklyn Boy, for which he received a Drama Desk nomination, and as Nathan Detroit in Jerry Zak’s revival of Guys and Dolls.