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 July 1, 2023

Actor Alan Arkin passes away at the age of 89

Actor Alan Arkin is dead at the age of 89, the Daily Caller reported. A cause of death has not been revealed for the "Little Miss Sunshine" actor.

Sons Adam, Matthew, and Anthony confirmed Arkin's passing, which occurred Thursday.  "Our father was a uniquely talented force of nature, both as an artist and a man," they said in a statement to People magazine.

"A loving husband, father, grand and great grandfather, he was adored and will be deeply missed," his sons added. Besides his sons, Arkin is also survived by his first wife, Suzanne Newlander, and his second wife Dana Arkin.

The legendary actor had a career that spanned decades and garnered him many accolades. Arkin won an Academy Award and Tony Award and was nominated for several Emmy Awards, according to People.

Arkin moved from his Brooklyn, New York, home to Los Angeles when he was a child. "That is why I don't live there now," he told the publication in a 1979 interview conducted with his then-wife and actress Barbara Dana while they were living in Chappaqua, New York.

He graduated high school but did not find an easy footing in college. After dropping out of three institutions of higher learning, Arkin finally completed his degree at Vermont's Bennington College in 1955, one of the schools he originally left.

"They might have thrown me out," Arkin recalled in the 1979 interview. "I don't remember."

After graduating college, Arkin joined the Tarriers, a folk music group where he was a singer and guitar player. His stint yielded a top-five hit in 1957 with "The Banana Boat Song."

However, Arkin would find himself pulled to acting, a craft he honed since childhood. In 1960, Arkin joined the storied improvisational group Second City in Chicago, where he was living at the time.

"Second City saved my life. It literally saved my life," Arkin told People. "I have a feeling it's true for a lot of other people, too."

Arkin followed up that time with Broadway success, winning a Tony in 1963 for "Enter Laughing." He would go on to make movies, including "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming," for which he received an Academy Award nomination in 1967.

The next half-century of his career would land him roles in some of the most iconic movies of their time. Arkin starred in "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" in 1968, where he picked up another Oscar nomination, the 1990 Tim Burton hit "Edward Scissorhands," and "Glengarry Glen Ross" in 1992.

One of his most notable roles came in 2006, playing the drug-addicted grandfather Edwin Hoover in the cult classic film "Little Miss Sunshine." He appeared for less than 14 minutes in the film and won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

Arkin was a star on both the stage and the screen in his long, illustrious career. His death marks the passing of another talented actor.

Written By:
Christine Favocci

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