Oscar-winning “Little Miss Sunshine” actor Alan Arkin dies at 89

Longtime screen and stage actor Alan Arkin, who won an Academy Award for his role in the 2006 film “Little Miss Sunshine,” has died. He is 89 years old.

Arkin’s representative, Melody Korenbrot, confirmed his death to CBS News on Friday.

Arkin, who won acclaim for his role as a foul-mouthed grandfather in “Little Miss Sunshine,” began his career in theater before breaking into television and film roles. He starred in series like “Edward Scissorhands” and “Argo” and “BoJack Horseman”. His most recent role was on Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method,” where he received two Emmy nominations for his supporting role in the comedy series.

Alan Arkin won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for “Little Miss Sunshine” at the Academy Awards on February 25, 2007.

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During his career, Arkin received two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Golden Globe Award and a Tony Award, and collected an Oscar and a British Academy Film Award for “Little Miss Sunshine.” He also received several Oscar nominations, including his first film, “The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming.”

Arkin has been married three times and has three children. He and his first wife, Jeremy Yaffe, were married for six years and had two sons, Adam and Matthew. The couple divorced in 1961. From 1964 to 1994, Arkin was married to screenwriter and actress Barbara Dana, with whom he had a son, Anthony Dana Arkin. After the divorce, Arkin married Suzanne Newlander.

During his acting career, Arkin worked with his three sons, including playing the father of Adam Arkin’s character in the series “Chicago Hope.”

In 2007, Arkin told CBS’ “Sunday Morning.” While he loved his busy acting career, it sometimes made him “horribly unhappy” until he found a better balance between his work and his personal life.

“I love my life, I love my wife, I love my kids, I love my grandkids. I have wonderful friends,” he said before emphasizing the panoramic view from his New Mexico home. “I see this every day.”


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