Birth Name: Alan Wolf Arkin
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: March 26, 1934
Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish
Alan Arkin is an American actor, director, comedian, singer, and musician. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Little Miss Sunshine (2006).
Alan is the son of Beatrice (Wortis), a teacher, and David I. Arkin, a teacher, painter, lyricist, and writer. He is from a Jewish family (they immigrated from Russia and Alsace-Lorraine). Among his children is actor Adam Arkin.
Alan’s paternal grandparents were Arthur Eleazar/Lazar Arkin (the son of Louis Elias Arkin and Ida) and Fannie Krinski/Krimski (the daughter of Julius Arkin and Annie Goldston or Ruth Schiffman). Arthur and Fannie were both Russian Jewish immigrants. Ruth was the daughter of Louis Schiffman and Sarah Zuckerman.
Alan’s maternal grandfather was Harry Wortis (the son of Zev Wolf Wortis and Rosa Weintrop). Harry was a Jewish immigrant from Russia. Zev was the son of Simcha Fortis and Bathia Weintraub.
Alan’s maternal grandmother was Selina Brunswick (the daughter of Isaac Brunswick and Rosine/Louise Bloch/Block/Black). Selina was a Jewish immigrant from Alsace-Lorraine. Isaac was the son of Corneille Brunschwig and Jeanette Grumbach. Rosine was the daughter of Joseph Bloch and Marguerite Katz.
Sources: Genealogy of Alan Arkin (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Alan’s mother on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Marriage record of Alan’s maternal grandparents, Harry Wortis and Selina Brunswick – https://familysearch.org
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