A veteran star of stage, screen, and television, Alan Arkin is also a founding member of the famed Second City improvisational troupe, where a performing arts method now used by acting programs nationwide was initially developed. Arkin's illustrious 30+ year career includes the distinction of being one of only five actors to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his first screen appearance. One of his most memorable roles was of bomber pilot Captain John Yossarian in the 1970 film version of Joseph Heller's 1961 book Catch-22, a black comedy on the murderous insanity of war. Twice nominated for an Oscar for The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!, Arkin has directed numerous on-screen productions and has recently written several children's books.