An agent for about 25 years, Arnold Rifkin left the William Morris agency in 1999 to produce movies with Bruce Willis.

Arnold Rifkin "was a go-for-broke deal maker whose taste for scented candles and New Age music masked an alter ego as a screamer." (The Agency, pg. 462)

Producer Don Murphy: "If I was going to have an agent, I think I'd like to have Arnold Rifkin representing me - someone who seems capable of homocide could only be a good thing in the midst of a negotiation." (Killer Instinct, pg. 54)