Alan Arkin, Oscar Winner In ‘Little Miss Sunshine,’ Dies Aged 89

Alan Arkin, who won an Oscar in 2007 for “Little Miss Sunshine,” has passed away.

According to Fox News, the 89-year-old actor passed away on Thursday in his Carlsbad, California, residence.

“Our father was a uniquely talented force of nature, both as an artist and a man,” the family said in a statement. “A loving husband, father, grand and great grandfather, he was adored and will be deeply missed.”

In his career, he was cast in movies including “Argo,” “Edward Scissorhands,” and “Glengary Glen Ross.” He has previously worked on such films as “Wait Until Dark,” “Little Murders,” “The In-Laws,” and “Last of the Red Hot Lovers.”

Aside from being an actor, Arkin was also a director for both stage and screen, as well as a writer, composer, voice actor, and singer. On the Billboard list, “The Banana Boat Song” peaked at number four.

When he was 11 years old, Arkin relocated from Brooklyn, New York, to Los Angeles.

“We were dirt poor, so I couldn’t afford to go to the movies often,” the actor once told The Associated Press. “But I went whenever I could and focused in on movies, as they were more important than anything in my life.”

Arkin is survived by his wife Suzanne, kids, grandchildren, and great-grandson.

Several colleagues paid tribute to Arkin on social media. 

Seinfeld star Jason Alexander said: “Such a wonderful, original voice for comedy… I learned so much from watching him. And the laughs I got from his glorious work seem endless. May he rest well.” 

Spinal Tap’s Michael McKean added: “Charming, hilarious, and armed with a flawless bullshit detector, he was pure pleasure to be with.”

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