Adam Arkin

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 19, 1956

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Adam Arkin is an American actor and director. He is known for starring as Aaron Shutt on the series Chicago Hope, and for many other television and film roles, including Halloween H20: 20 Years Later.

He is the son of mother Jeremy Yaffe and father, actor, director, comedian, singer, and musician Alan Arkin. He is married to Michelle Dunker. He has one child with his former wife Linda, and one child with his former wife Phyllis.

Adam’s paternal grandfather was David I. Arkin, a teacher, painter, lyricist, and writer (the son of Arthur Eleazar/Lazar Arkin and Fannie Krinski/Krimski). David was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. Arthur was the son of Louis Elias Arkin and Ida. Fannie was the daughter of Julius Arkin and Annie Goldston, or Ruth Schiffman.

Adam’s paternal grandmother was Beatrice (Wortis), a teacher (the daughter of Harry Wortis and Selina Brunswick). Beatrice was born in New York, to a Russian Jewish father and a Jewish mother from Alsace-Lorraine. Harry was the son of Zev Wolf Wortis and Rosa Weintrop. Selina was the daughter of Isaac Brunswick and Rosine/Louise Bloch/Block/Black.

Sources: Genealogy of Adam Arkin (focusing on his father’s side) –

Adam’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Adam’s paternal grandparents, David I. Arkin and Beatrice Wortis, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Adam’s paternal great-grandfather, Arthur Eleazar/Lazar Arkin, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Adam’s paternal grandmother, Beatrice Wortis, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Adam’s paternal great-grandparents, Harry Wortis and Selina Brunswick –

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