Iconic actor Alan Arkin, renowned for his award-winning performances on both stage and screen, has passed away at the age of 89, according to a statement provided by his sons to People magazine. The beloved star, who had a remarkable career spanning decades, left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry.
Alan Arkin’s sons expressed their deep sorrow at the loss of their father, describing him as a uniquely talented force of nature who was cherished as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. The actor, known for his exceptional artistic abilities and his genuine warmth, will be profoundly missed.
Born on March 26, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York, Arkin’s family relocated to Los Angeles during his childhood. It was on the Broadway stage that his career took flight, earning him a Tony award for his role in the 1963 comedy “Enter Laughing.” With unwavering determination, he transitioned from the stage to the silver screen, convinced that his destiny lay in the world of movies.
Arkin received his first Oscar nomination for his part in the 1966 war comedy “The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming.” This marked the beginning of an illustrious film career, with over 100 movies to his name. Some notable highlights include his roles in “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” (1968), “Catch-22” (1970), “Edward Scissorhands” (1990), and “Glengarry Glen Ross” (1992).
However, it was his memorable portrayal of the endearing grandfather in the 2006 film “Little Miss Sunshine” that earned him widespread acclaim. Despite appearing on screen for a mere 14 minutes, Arkin’s performance won him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, captivating audiences with his brief but impactful presence.
Arkin continued to receive accolades throughout his career, including an Academy Award nomination for his role as a veteran movie producer in the critically acclaimed 2012 film “Argo,” directed by Ben Affleck.
While he made significant contributions to the entertainment industry, Arkin’s personal life was also rich and fulfilling. He married Suzanne Newlander in 1996, and together they shared a loving relationship. He is survived by Suzanne, his three sons from previous marriages, and a legacy that extends to his grandchildren Molly, Emmet, Atticus, and Abigail, as well as his great-grandson Elliott.