Biography - Ellen Barkin

Last Modified: 9th Sep, 2023
Ellen Barkin
Best Known For
Sea of Love (film), Diner (film)
Net Worth
$80.00M Under Review
$ Under Review
Social Media Presence
Personal Detail
Birth Name / Full Name
Ellen Rona Barkin N/A
Born on
April 16, 1954 (age 70)
Female N/A
Sexual Orientation
Marital Status
Married Date
Sol Barkin
Sol Barkin
Evelyn Barkin
Evelyn Barkin
Gabriel Byrne
1988-09-18 to 1999
Ronald Perelman
2000-06-28 to 2006-02-14
Sam Levinson
Jack Daniel Byrne
Jack Daniel Byrne
Romy Marion Byrne
Romy Marion Byrne
George Barkin
George Barkin
Body Measurement
Hair Color
Blonde N/A
Eye Color
Hazel N/A
Shoe Size
10 US N/A
Bicep Size
inch N/A
Chest Size
inch N/A
Waist Size
Dress Size
6 US N/A
Bust Size
Waist Size
Hip Size
Bra Size
Cup Size
Social Media Presence

Who is Ellen Barkin?

Ellen Barkin is an actress, producer by profession, and American by nationality. She is best known for her work in films Diner, Tender Mercies, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, The Big Easy, Johnny Handsome, Sea of Love, and the TV series Animal Kingdom.

Ellen Barkin (Source: ET Canada)

Ellen Barkin – Age, Parents, Siblings

Ellen Barkin’s birth took place on April 16, 1954, in The Bronx, New York, USA. She was born Ellen Rona Barkin to mother Evelyn Barkin, a hospital administrator, and father Sol Barkin, a chemical salesman.

She is not the only child of her parents and has a sibling- a brother named George Barkin, who is a producer.

Education, Ethnicity

Both were raised in Flushing, NY where Ellen Barkin attended Parsons Junior High School. She graduated from the High School of Performing Arts. For higher studies, she enrolled at Hunter College and double majored in history and drama.

Barkin then attended New York City's Actors Studio to study acting. She studied acting for 10 years before finally landing her first audition. 

Her ethnicity includes Ashkenazi-Jewish.

Ellen Barkin – Boyfriend, Husband, Children, Divorce

Barkin married her longtime boyfriend Gabriel Byrne on 18 September 1988. She and her husband welcomed two children together. Their son Jack Daniel Byrne was born in 1989 and their daughter Romy Marion Byrne was born on 18 November 1992.

But their marriage did not last and the couple separated in 1993 followed by divorce in 1999. According to New York magazine, their divorce was a messy one and Ellen Barkin did not receive "not one penny more" than $20 million.

Barkin went on to marry multi-billionaire and businessman Ronald Perelman on 28 June 2000. Her ex-husband Gabriel Byrne also attended the wedding.

But this marriage did not last and they divorced on 14 February 2006, without any children together. She is also known to have dated Sam Levinson, actor, screenwriter, and director.

Also read: Dichen Lachman - Actress of Neighbours 

Ellen Barkin, Gabriel Byrne (Source: Pinterest)

Ellen Barkin – Career

Early Days

Barkin at one time wanted to teach ancient history but her determination to become an actress drove her through tough times. Although she started her professional career in 1978 in an uncredited role in the film Up in Smoke, she did not land a proper role for the next few years.

Finally, in 1982, she landed the role of Beth Schreiber in the film Diner, which is considered her breakthrough role. Soon after, Ellen Barkin began to land regular roles in both films and TV series.

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Films, TV series

In over 40 years of her career, Ellen Barkin has appeared in over 50 films and over 15 TV series.

She is most recognized in films The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984), Desert Bloom (1986), The Big Easy (1987), Johnny Handsome (1989), Sea of Love (1989), Switch (1981), Into the West (1992), The Fan (1996), Ocean's Thirteen (2007), Another Happy Day (2011).

In TV series, she has had roles in TV movies/ TV series Terrible Joe Moran (1984), Clinton and Nadine (1988), Before Women Had Wings (1997), The New Normal (2012-2013), Happyish (2015), in Animal Kingdom (2016-present) as Janine "Smurf" Cody.

Ellen Barkin as Beth Schreiber in Diner (Source: Best Classic Bands)


On the set of Animal Kingdom, she has starred alongside Ben Robson, Finn Cole, Jake Weary, Carolina Guerra, Sohvi Rodriguez, etc.

Ellen Barkin – Awards, Nominations

Ellen Barkin has been nominated for two Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, Women's Image Network Awards, a CableACE Award, and a Tony Award.

Among all her nominations, she has won two Sant Jordi Awards, a Blockbuster Entertainment Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, a Satellite Award, etc.

Also read: Spencer Treat Clark - Actor of Gladiator, Glass 

Ellen Barkin with fellow Animal Kingdom cast (Source: Just Jared)

Ellen Barkin – Controversy

Comedian Louis C.K. had made jokes about the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting which occurred on February 14, 2018. In response, Ellen Barkin tweeted "I hope Louis C.K. gets raped" followed by another tweet adding "and shot at".

Her tweets were highly criticized and were claimed to be "insensitive" and "disrespectful" to rape victims. She subsequently deleted her tweets.

When rapper T.I. revealed in November 2019 that he gets his 18-year daughter Deyjah's hymen checked each year Barkin went on to tweet  "After 6 months of vaginal Hyman broke." 

Ellen Barkin – Net Worth, Salary

Barkin’s net worth is estimated to be $80 Million while there have been no estimates on her salary.

Ellen Barkin – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On Social Media, she is active on Twitter but is absent from Facebook and Instagram.

Also read: Ben Mendelsohn - Actor of Animal Kingdom

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