Beloved American actor and director Alan Arkin, who was known for his award-winning performances in films like ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ and ‘Argo,’ has sadly passed away.
Alan Arkin Dead: the actor who received prestigious accolades such as the Academy Award, Golden Globe, and BAFTA, passed away today on Friday, June 30th, 2023, at the age of 89.
His sons Matthew and Anthony confirmed the news of his passing in a joint statement to PEOPLE on behalf of the family. They expressed, “Our father was a uniquely talented force of nature, both as an artist and a man. A loving husband, father, grand and great grandfather, he was adored and will be deeply missed.”
Arkin gained significant recognition for his role as Edwin Hoover in the 2006 film ‘Little Miss Sunshine,’ where he portrayed the endearing grandfather of a dysfunctional family. Throughout his career, which spanned over six decades, he left a lasting impact on the world of cinema.
Alan Arkin was born on March 26, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up in a Jewish family and developed an early interest in acting. His passion for the performing arts led him to study drama at various institutions, including Bennington College and the Actors Studio.
Arkin’s movie career began in the late 1950s and gained momentum in the 1960s. One of his breakthrough roles was in the film “The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming” (1966), where he showcased his exceptional comedic skills. This performance earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
Throughout his career, Arkin has acted in a wide range of movies across various genres. Some notable films he has been a part of include “Catch-22” (1970), “The In-Laws” (1979), “Edward Scissorhands” (1990), “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006), and “Argo” (2012), among many others. His versatile acting abilities allowed him to portray both comedic and dramatic characters with great success.
In recognition of his talent, Alan Arkin has received numerous accolades. He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Little Miss Sunshine” and has been nominated for the prestigious award three more times throughout his career. Additionally, he has received Golden Globe nominations, Primetime Emmy nominations, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for his outstanding performances.
The Kominsky Method, the comedic actor’s passing comes as a shock and his cause of death is currently unknown.
Arkin is survived by third wife, Suzanne Newlander Arkin, whom he married in 1999, and his three sons Adam Arkin, Matthew Arkin, Anthony Arkin who all became actors following their father’s footsteps.