Larkin has been one of the most successful and sought after acting teachers and private coaches in New York for years now (see “Testimonials“).
After directing at NBC-TV’s “Another World”, Larkin became the on-site acting coach at CBS-TV’s “As the World Turns” for 7 years. Nine of his actors at “ATWT” were nominated for Best Acting Emmys during this time. He coached the actors on the show from the time they got the scripts, through rehearsals up to taping while watching from the control room and consulting with the director and working individually with the actor. This job required quickly determining what can help an actor tell the story and how best to get that performance.
He’s taught the on-camera acting class at the Weist-Barron School,has been on the faculty of The New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts as well as teaching the Intermediate and Master Acting classes during the inaugural year at Greystone Studios. He has been hired to teach at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute.
He has been selected to study with some of with the most renowned teachers in the world including Anatoly Efros at Moscow’s Tangaka Theatre (Stanislavsky Method),Wynn Handman’s Master Acting Program, Ron Daniels of the Royal Shakespeare Company, John Stix (Meisner), Gene Lasko etc.
Larkin started working as a professional actor in 1974 on the New York stage where he was a founding member of the off-off-Broadway company ATA. After playing starring roles at the Arena Stage in Washington, the Goodman Theater in Chicago, he did a season of classics at the famed Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. Returning to New York, he played at the Manhattan Theater Club, while his day job was creating the role of Sky Whitney on ABC’s “Edge of Night”, a role that earned him an Emmy nomination as “Outstanding Actor”.
Four years later, as he was asked to join the cast of CBS’s “Guiding Light” to create the role of Kyle Sampson working opposite multi Emmy winning actress Kim Zimmer (playing Sky during the day and Kyle in the evening). Two years later, he came to star opposite Susan Lucci on ABC’s “All My Children” where he played the role for which he is best known, Travis Montgomery.
After a year as Clay on ABC’s “Loving”, he returned to his first love, the stage, working in regional theater across the US, returning to reprise Travis from time to time as well as teaching acting and coaching actors privately. In 2013, he played a leading role in the TV series “Tainted Dreams” and has just finished performing in the soon to be released SAG feature, “Good Bones”
He has appeared on network episodic series and films, narrated “National Geographic” TV, was the announcer at “As the World Turns” and can be seen and heard in many commercial TV and radio spots.