Alan Arkin, an American icon famed for his caustic wit and understated melancholy, has passed away. He was 89. “Our father was a uniquely talented force of nature, both as an artist and a man,” his sons Adam, Matthew, and Anthony said in a statement to PEOPLE. “A loving husband, father, grand and great grandfather, he was adored and will be deeply missed.”
Arkin’s acting career extended for 60 years. Before acting, he was a member of the folk band the Tarriers, with whom he had two top-ten songs in 1956-57, “Cindy, Oh Cindy” and “The Banana Boat Song.” He left the band following their 1957 European tour. In 1960, Arkin joined the Chicago-based comedy company Second City.
“Second City saved my life. It literally saved my life,” Arkin once said. “I have a feeling it’s true for a lot of other people, too.”
Alan Arkin Obituary
Alan Arkin obituary: Alan Arkin was an actor best known for his work in films such as “Wait Until Dark” (1967), “Glengarry Glen Ross” (1992), and “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006), for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
- Dἰed: June 29, 2023 (Who else dἰed on June 29?)
- Deἀth specifics: At the age of 89, he dἰed at home in Carlsbad, California.
Alan Arkin Career
The Tarriers, a folk band, were Arkin’s first exposure to the entertainment industry and his first acting role. He sang both vocals and guitar on the band’s famous song, a cover of “The Banana Boat Song,” which was included in the 1957 film “Calypso Heat Wave.” But Arkin had always wanted to be an actor, and he quickly moved to the line of work that would make him renowned.
Before his celebrated acting debut in “The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming,” Arkin was a Chicago’s Second City improvisational comedy group member. He portrayed a violent man following Audrey Hepburn’s blind character in “Wait Until Dark,” and he portrayed a reluctant airman named Yossarian in “Catch-22.”
In “The Seven-Percent Solution,” Arkin played Sigmund Freud; in “Grosse Pointe Blank,” he played an emotionally conflicted psychiatrist; in “Little Miss Sunshine,” he played an enthusiastic but inappropriate grandfather; and in “Argo,” he played a movie producer who was in charge of a false movie that served as a front for rescuing hostages.
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The other movies starring Arkin are “Hearts of the West,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “The Rocketeer,” “Slums of Beverly Hills,” “Thirteen Conversations About One Thing,” “Sunshine Cleaning,” and “Get Smart.” In addition to acting, Arkin also directed “Little Murders” in 1971. In addition to appearing in several television programs, such as “Sesame Street,” “St. Elsewhere,” “Chicago Hope,” and “Will and Grace,” Arkin also starred in the Netflix series “The Kominsky Method.”
While Arkin only received one Oscar, he was nominated for three others, starting with “The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming,” which he played in 1966. He was one of a select group of performers to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for their feature film debut, and he followed that accomplishment with another Best Actor nomination for “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” (1968). For “Argo” (2012), Arkin received his final Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Actors Adam Arkin and Matthew Arkin are descended from him.
Have a Look at the Tweet that Sean Hannity officially posted on June 30-
"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." https://t.co/AyF68NuY17
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) June 30, 2023
Many People Tribute ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ Actor Alan Arkin
Did ANYONE have the range Alan Arkin had? Hilarious, sinister, insane, tragic. No mood he couldn’t live in. RIP. pic.twitter.com/pUVa5j8Tqc
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) June 30, 2023
When I was a young actor people wanted to know if I wanted to be a serious actor or a funny one. I'd answer "Which kind is Alan Arkin?" and that shut them up.
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) June 30, 2023
R.I.P. to the great Alan Arkin. He was one of those actors who was excellent in everything. His exasperated performance opposite Peter Falk in "The In-Laws" was one of his great performances. pic.twitter.com/1nGN1k3zns
— Wesley Dolan. (@WesleyDolan) June 30, 2023
RIP to Alan Arkin, an amazing actor whose first feature-film appearance, in “The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming” (for which he was nominated for an Oscar!), is one of funniest, most heartening performances probably ever. pic.twitter.com/iaGQd3RJu9
— Olivia Rutigliano (@oldrutigliano) June 30, 2023
RIP Alan Arkin. You'll be remembered for your legendary work on the silver screen but to me I'll always remember you in the Rocketeer.
A little luck, Peevy. You'll be missed. pic.twitter.com/7RPFm0Yt22
— Alex Lobo needs ☕️ 🇨🇺 ⚡️ (@GeekLawGrad) June 30, 2023
The hidden weapon, and Academy award winning actor has pulled down the final curtain. Anything he appeared in became better. An extraordinarily skilled actor of the highest degree. Alan Arkin was the real thing. RIP pic.twitter.com/EMLFFSeBtN
— Michael Des Barres (@MDesbarres) June 30, 2023
A world without Alan Arkin is …not so great. I’ve loved this man from the moment he came on screen in “The Russians Are Coming..” (“Whitaker Walt!l) I was 8. Getting to know him – and getting a laugh out of him – is a highlight of my life. RIP dear friend.
— Paul Reiser (@PaulReiser) June 30, 2023
Rest in Peace to Alan Arkin. 🙏🏻Remember him from “Glengarry Glenross” and of course “Little Miss Sunshine”.
But I also remembers him from this role. Here he teaches Edward about girls: “They’re all crazy!” pic.twitter.com/Jr9mwXZyNg
— Wyno Forever (@ForeverWyno) June 30, 2023
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