Alan Arkin, the acclaimed veteran actor who won an Academy Award for his performance in Little Miss Sunshine, has died. He was 89.
Arkin’s death was confirmed to Variety by his sons — Adam, Matthew and Anthony — in a joint statement. They said, “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.”
A cause of death was not disclosed.
Arkin’s acting career spanned seven decades on stage and screen. His career started on Broadway, where he won the Best Featured Actor in a Play Tony Award in 1963 for his performance in Enter Laughing. It didn’t take long for his talents to head to film. In 1967, he starred in The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming as Lt. Rozanov. For his performance, he received a Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
His list of acting credits is long and prestigious. Arkin has appeared in a number of revered films including 1967’s Wait Until Dark, 1970’s Catch-22, 1990’s Edward Scissorhand, 1992’s Glengarry Glen Ross, 1997’s Grosse Point Blank and 2012’s Argo.
His performance in 2006’s Little Miss Sunshine earned him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor at age 72.