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Net Worth$60 million
Date Of BirthApril 16, 1954
SpouseRonald Perelman, Gabriel Byrne, Ronald Perelman, Gabriel Byrne
FactConsidered for role in Brazil (1985) that went to Kim Greist. Director Terry Gilliam has said that he regrets not casting Barkin.

Ellen Barkin was born on April 16, 1954, in the Bronx, New York, to Sol Barkin, a pharmacist, and Evelyn Barkin, a hospital administrator. She has a sister, Robin. Barkin was raised in a Jewish household and attended the High School of Performing Arts. She then studied drama at the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting.

Barkin made her film debut in 1981’s Diner, and went on to star in such films as Tender Mercies (1983), The Big Easy (1987), Sea of Love (1989), Wilder Napalm (1993), This Boy’s Life (1993), Bad Company (1995), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), and Ocean’s Thirteen (2007).

On television, Barkin starred in the short-lived series Smith (2006) and the miniseries The Bible (2013). She also had recurring roles on the series Rescue Me (2009-2010) and The New Normal (2012-2013).

Barkin has been married twice. Her first marriage was to actor Gabriel Byrne, with whom she has two daughters, Romy and Lily. Her second marriage is to businessman Ronald Perelman, with whom she has a son, Jack.

Barkin has a net worth of $60 million.

General Info

Full NameEllen Barkin
Net Worth$60 million
Date Of BirthApril 16, 1954
Height1.7 m, 1.7 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Actor, Businessperson, Film producer, Actor, Businessperson
EducationHigh School of Performing Arts, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, Actors Studio, Hunter College, High School of Performing Arts, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, Actors Studio, Hunter College
NationalityAmerican, American


SpouseRonald Perelman, Gabriel Byrne, Ronald Perelman, Gabriel Byrne
ChildrenRomy Marion Byrne, Jack Daniel Byrne, Romy Marion Byrne, Jack Daniel Byrne
ParentsSol Barkin, Evelyn Rozin Barkin, Sol Barkin, Evelyn Rozin Barkin
SiblingsGeorge Barkin, George Barkin


AwardsTony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance, Tony Award for Best Featured...
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Golden Globe Award for Best Perfor...
MoviesSea of Love, Ocean's Thirteen, The Big Easy, This Boy's Life, Another Happy Day, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, The Cobbler, She Hate Me, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Brooklyn's Finest, Diner, Johnny Handsome, Happy Tears, Wild Bill, Palindromes, S...
TV ShowsThe New Normal, Faerie Tale Theatre, Animal Kingdom, The New Normal, Faerie Tale Theatre, Animal Kingdom

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1[In a 1984 interview concerning her career] It's like having been brought up in the best neighborhood and having been to the best schools. It's kind of nice to be 29 and have people refer to you as a character actor.
2It's difficult to get into trouble if you don't take yourself too seriously.
3[on working with Paul Newman] You forget he's Paul Newman on the set after a while... that is until you look into his eyes.
4I'd rather just be stuck at home watching Turner Classic Movies. I'm stuck with a book and old movies, that's pretty much the beginning and end of my life.
5[on becoming a young actress in the 2000s] Their careers are over in a blink. So I think it's harder for them to feel motivated to exhibit a real professionalism because they must wonder how long they are really going to be around for. It's really bad. There are exceptions obviously. There's no slow build anymore where you get a little part, then you get a little better part, then a better part until one day your agent calls you us and says 'guess what you're a movie star' and you say 'thank you!
6A successful marriage isn't necessarily one that lasts until you're dead. (Parade magazine, May 13, 2007)
7[of her second marriage] What the hell was I thinking? Marry a rich guy? Was I crazy? I didn't need that. I was already at the party. I didn't need someone to get me through the door. How could I be so clueless about who I am and what I value? Did I actually think I was going to give up working? It's important for me to work. (Parade magazine, May 13, 2007)
8[Speaking in 1987] It's difficult to be married outside the profession. A lawyer might not understand that going to bed with Gabriel Byrne for three days is work for me.
9No more bare bodies in film scenes for me. For my children's sake, I must stop. The other kids at school keep throwing it up to my children, and they are not kind.


1Won a Tony for her Broadway debut in 'The Normal Heart'.
2She studied for three years under acting teacher Lloyd Richards.
3Barkin got a big break in 1980, when she beat out many actresses, including Amanda Plummer and Diane Lane, and landed a key role as a disturbed teenager in the play, "Shout Across the River", at the Phoenix Playhouse.
4Made her Broadway debut in 2011 as Dr. Emma Brookner in "The Normal Heart".
5Her favorite actor to work with is Al Pacino.
6Although she separated from first husband Gabriel Byrne in 1993, she did not file for divorce until May 1999.
7Friend of Julianne Moore and Michelle Pfeiffer.
8Sister of George Barkin.
9Christie's sold off the jewelery given to her by her ex-husband Ronald O. Perelman.
10Considered for role in Brazil (1985) that went to Kim Greist. Director Terry Gilliam has said that he regrets not casting Barkin.
11She was born and raised in the Bronx in a "middle class Jewish home", and has described her childhood as quite happy. All four of her grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants.
12She studied in New York at the High School of the Performing Arts, Hunter College and the Actors Studio.
13Once admitted in an interview that she often has to wear glasses because she has a condition that is causing her to lose some vision in one eye.
14Ex-husband, Ronald O. Perelman, is the billionaire owner of the Revlon company.
15Has one son, Jack (b. 1989), and one daughter, Romy Marion (b. 1992).




Switch1991Amanda Brooks
Sea of Love1989Helen Cruger
Johnny Handsome1989Sunny Boyd
Clinton and Nadine1988TV MovieNadine Powers
Made in Heaven1987Lucille (uncredited)
The Big Easy1986Anne Osborne
Faerie Tale Theatre1986TV SeriesPrincess Henrietta
Down by Law1986Laurette
Act of Vengeance1986TV MovieAnnette Gilly
Desert Bloom1986Aunt Starr
Terminal Choice1985Mary O'Connor
The Princess Who Had Never Laughed1984TV MoviePrincess Henrietta
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension1984Penny Priddy
Terrible Joe Moran1984TV MovieRonnie
Harry & Son1984Katie Wilowski
Eddie and the Cruisers1983Maggie Foley
Enormous Changes at the Last Minute1983Virginia
Daniel1983Phyllis Isaacson
Tender Mercies1983Sue Anne
Parole1982TV MovieDonna
Diner1982Beth Schreiber
We're Fighting Back1981TV MovieChris Capoletti
Kent State1981TV MovieStudent (uncredited)
Up in Smoke1978Woman playing guitar (uncredited)
Active Adults2017completedLucy
Animal Kingdom2016-2017TV SeriesJanine 'Smurf' Cody
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks2017TV MovieSasha Walz
Hands of Stone2016Stephanie Arcel
Happyish2015TV SeriesDani Kirschenbloom
Hollywood Mom2015TV SeriesIvy Green
The Cobbler2014Elaine Greenawalt
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014TV SeriesClaire Fallon (segment "House of Cue Cards")
The New Normal2012-2013TV SeriesJane Forrest
Very Good Girls2013Norma
Modern Family2012TV SeriesMitzi Roth
Another Happy Day2011Lynn
A Mann's World2011TV MovieJulie
Operation: Endgame2010Empress
Shit Year2010Colleen West
The Chameleon2010Kimberly Miller
Twelve2010Jessica's Mother
Happy Tears2009Shelly
Brooklyn's Finest2009Agent Smith
Ocean's Thirteen2007Abigail Sponder
Trust the Man2005Norah
Palindromes2004Joyce Victor
She Hate Me2004Margo Chadwick
Strip Search2004TV Movie scenes deleted
Someone Like You...2001Diane Roberts
King of the Hill2001TV SeriesLenore
Mercy2000Det. Cathy Palmer
Crime + Punishment in Suburbia2000Maggie Skolnick
The White River Kid1999Eva Nell La Fangroy
Drop Dead Gorgeous1999Annette Atkins
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas1998North Star Waitress
Before Women Had Wings1997TV MovieGlory Marie Jackson
Mad Dog Time1996Rita Everly
The Fan1996Jewel Stern
Wild Bill1995Calamity Jane
Bad Company1995Margaret Wells
This Boy's Life1993Caroline
Into the West1992Kathleen
Man Trouble1992Joan Spruance
Mac1992Oona Goldfarb


Another Happy Day2011producer
Shit Year2010executive producer
Letters to Juliet2010producer


Diner: On the Flip Side2000Video documentary short special thanks


Third's a Charm: The Making of 'Ocean's Thirteen'2014Video documentaryHerself
Chelsea Lately2011-2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Watch What Happens: Live2010-2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2011-2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Today2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne2012TV SpecialHerself - Roaster
The 66th Annual Tony Awards2012TV Special documentaryHerself - Presenter
Tavis Smiley2011-2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Talk2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993-2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 65th Annual Tony Awards2011TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Featured Actress in a Play
The 56th Annual Drama Desk Awards2011TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Piers Morgan Tonight2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Ryan2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Charlie Rose1995-2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 77th Annual Drama League Awards2011TV SpecialHerself
His Way2011TV Movie documentaryHerself
In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief2010TV Movie documentaryHerself
Entertainment Tonight2007TV SeriesHerself
Late Show with David Letterman1993-2007TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2007TV SeriesHerself - Ocean's 13 Premiere
HBO First Look2007TV Series documentary shortHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2005TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Short Talks on the Universe Benefit Performance2002TV MovieHerself - Performer
Leute heute2002TV Series documentaryHerself
Breaking the Silence: The Making of 'Hannibal'2001Video documentaryHerself - N.Y. Premiere
Culture Shock2000TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself - Narrator
Diner: On the Flip Side2000Video documentary shortHerself / Beth Schreiber
Inside the Actors Studio1999TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 24th Annual People's Choice Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Favorite Female Television Performer
The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Winner
1997 MTV Movie Awards1997TV Special documentaryHerself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 67th Annual Academy Awards1995TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Sound Mixing
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jack Nicholson1994TV SpecialHerself
Late Night with David Letterman1993TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Moving Image Salutes Al Pacino1993TV MovieHerself
The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy / Musical

Archive Footage

Chelsea Lately2012TV SeriesHerself
E! True Hollywood Story2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Buckaroo Banzai Declassified2002Video documentary shortHerself


Won Awards

1998Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieBefore Women Had Wings (1997)
1998Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting Role in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionBefore Women Had Wings (1997)
1997Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Supporting Actress - Adventure/DramaThe Fan (1996)
1988Sant JordiSant Jordi AwardsBest Foreign Actress (Mejor Actriz Extranjera)The Big Easy (1986)

Nominated Awards

2012Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest ActressAnother Happy Day (2011)
2012OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesModern Family (2009)
2011WIN AwardWomen's Image Network AwardsActress Feature FilmAnother Happy Day (2011)
1998Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionBefore Women Had Wings (1997)
1992Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalSwitch (1991)
1992American Comedy AwardAmerican Comedy Awards, USAFunniest Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role)Switch (1991)
1990CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressSea of Love (1989)
1990CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressJohnny Handsome (1989)
1989ACECableACE AwardsActress in a Movie or MiniseriesClinton and Nadine (1988)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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