Ethan Zobelle is a fictional character on the FX television series Sons of Anarchy, played by Adam Arkin.
Adam Arkin (born August 19, 1956) is an American television, film and stage actor and director. He played the role of Aaron Shutt on Chicago Hope. He has been nominated for numerous awards, including a Tony (Best Actor, 1991, “I Hate Hamlet”) as well as 3 primetime Emmys, 4 SAG Awards (Ensemble, “Chicago Hope”), and a DGA Award (“My Louisiana Sky”). In 2002, Arkin won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Directing in a Children's Special for “My Louisiana Sky”. He is also one of the three actors to portray Dale “The Whale” Biederbeck on Monk. Between 2007 and 2009, he starred in the NBC drama Life.
Arkin was born in Brooklyn, New York, to actor/director/writer Alan Arkin and his wife Jeremy Yaffe. He has been married to the former Phyllis Anne Lyons since 1999. They have one son together. Phyllis filed for divorce in August 2013. He also has a daughter Molly, with his former wife Linda.
Arkin guest-starred in the award-winning television show Happy Days in episode 185 in 1975. His first starring role in television was as Lenny Markowitz, the central character in the 1977 situation comedy Busting Loose. He since has appeared in various television series such as The Twilight Zone (1986), Northern Exposure (CBS, 1990–1995), where he played the mercurial barefooted chef Adam, and Chicago Hope (CBS, 1994–2000). He appeared in two Law & Order episodes, “Self Defense” (Season 3, 1992) as jewelry store owner George Costas and “Red Ball” (Season 16, 2005) as a district attorney named Charles Graham. He also appeared in Picket Fences (Season 2 Episode 13). Other recent television appearances include The West Wing (1999) (as trauma specialist and psychiatrist Dr. Stanley Keyworth), Frasier, as an obsessive fan of Frasier's, for which he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, Boston Legal, Baby Bob, Monk and 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (2002). In 2007 he starred in the NBC drama Life in the role of Ted Earley. He played a white separatist leader named Ethan Zobelle during the second season of the FX series Sons of Anarchy reuniting with former 8 Simple Rules cast mate Katey Sagal. In 2011, he appeared in The Closer episode “To Serve With Love” (Season 7) as a suspect named Steven Hirschbaum. He also portrayed mob boss Theo Tonin on Justified in 2011, and an FBI agent in The Chicago Code, also in 2011.
Arkin's film appearances include Hitch (2005) and Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998). He has performed in Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional theatre productions, including both the South Coast Repertory world premiere and Broadway production of Brooklyn Boy by playwright Donald Margulies. In addition he is known for his directing work, having done episodes of Grey's Anatomy, Boston Legal, The Riches, Dirt, Ally McBeal, Sons of Anarchy, The Blacklist (TV Series) and Justified. He won an Emmy for directing the Showtime television film My Louisiana Sky. In April 2008, Arkin guest-starred in the Web series Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show. He played the part of a divorce lawyer in the film A Serious Man (2009), directed by Ethan and Joel Coen.
Arkin also played a minor role in the NPR radio drama of Star Wars, A New Hope as the voice of Fixer. For PBS, he voiced Meriwether Lewis in Ken Burns' The Voyage of the Corps of Discovery (1997). He also provided character voice work for the Emmy-winning series The National Parks. He also directed three episodes of the 2013 Cold War television drama, The Americans.
In the Sons of Anarchy, Arkin plays Ethan Zobelle who is the show's main antagonist in Season Two and is the head of the League of American Nationalists (L.O.A.N.), a white separatist gang who desires to gain a legitimate foothold in Charming and force SAMCRO out.
In the beginning of Season Two, Zobelle moved into Charming and presented himself to the townspeople and local law enforcement as the owner of the newly opened Impeccable Smokes cigar shop on the town's Main Street. Zobelle was introduced to Deputy Chief David Hale through Hale's older brother, Jacob, who hoped to benefit financially from Zobelle's help and the removal of SAMCRO from Charming. Zobelle presented himself as being a means to get SAMCRO out of Charming. Deputy Chief Hale, noting that he knew of Zobelle's racial beliefs, initially refused Zobelle's assistance. Simultaneously, Zobelle almost immediately tried to undermine SAMCRO's iron-fisted rule over the town and threatened dire consequences against the club if they ignored his warnings. He made it clear that his mission was to stop SAMCRO from selling guns to minority gangs and to take over their territory by trying to bring down the MC at any cost, no matter what method his gang has to use.
Zobelle's dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with SAMCRO came to an end when the bikers were able to convince A.J. Weston that Zobelle was working behind the brotherhood's back by dealing in the gun and heroin trades with the Mayans. Weston killed high-ranking L.O.A.N. member Ule, and assaulted and threatened Zobelle, but ended up being arrested for the arson attack on SAMCRO's pornography studio. With the help of Chief Unser, SAMCRO used the moment of confusion to corner the L.O.A.N. leader and his daughter in their cigar shop. Before Clay could execute Zobelle, Hale and other officers showed up at the scene. To avoid impending death, Zobelle revealed a heroin stash and told the officers that he and his daughter were drug dealers and the two were arrested before the bikers could do anything.
In the Season Two finale, it was revealed that Zobelle was a long-time F.B.I. informant, so he and his daughter were set free. With protection provided by the Mayans, Zobelle was escorted to his cigar shop where he and his daughter waited for an opportunity to flee Charming to avoid SAMCRO's wrath. They made a plan to return “home” to Budapest, but first Polly left to say goodbye to Edmond Hayes. When she didn't return, Zobelle reluctantly left her behind. SAMCRO ambushed the Mayan convoy, but Zobelle escaped, seeking refuge in a gas station's store/deli, which happened to be occupied by school children. He attempted to call Hale for assistance, but Hale ultimately brushed him off, and merely informed him of Polly's death with no sympathy. Zobelle's life was miraculously spared when a more pending issue, that of Jax's son being kidnapped, caused the Sons to depart in haste. He escaped and was last seen booking a flight out of a small private airport.