Veteran American character actor, director and writer Alan Arkin, best known for Little Miss Sunshine, the Russians are coming, the Russians are coming AND The Kominsky method died, aged 89.
Sons Adam, Matthew and Anthony, announced his death in a joint statement: “Our father was a uniquely talented force of nature, both as an artist and as a man. A loving husband, father, great grandfather and great grandfather, he was adored and will be deeply missed.”
Brooklyn-born Arkin first made his name on Broadway in 1963, when he earned an average of Tony Award For Enter Laughing.
He received a rare Best Actor Oscars nomination for playing a Russian sailor in Norman Jewison’s satire The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming (1966).
A long list of acclaimed roles will follow in films including The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, The In-Laws, Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins, Freebie and the Bean, Hearts of the West, Wait Until Dark, Catch-22, The Seven Percent Solution, Edward Scissorhands, The Rocketeer, Glengarry Glen Ross, Beverly Hills Slums Going in Style, Inspector Clouseau, Popi, Red Hot Lovers, Big Trouble, Get Smart, Little Murders AND Argon.
He won late Oscars For Little Miss Sunshine in 2006.
She starred alongside Michael Douglas in the Netflix series The Kominsky method but retired before the show’s third and final season.
Other small screen credits include Harry, Will & Grace, Bojack Horseman, Get Shorty, Chicago Hope (which included his son Adam), St. Elsewhere, Sesame Street, The Muppet Show.
There were also numerous stage performances and the composition of 100 children’s songs and recorded albums.
Arkin once said: “I am an actor. My life as an actor depends on who sends me what. I’m just taking the best stuff I can find that’s been sent to me, no matter how big or small the paycheck. I don’t want to work for the ladder anymore.
Source: Hollywood reporter