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Alan Arkin: Little Miss Sunshine Actor Dies At 89

Alan Arkin- Little Miss Sunshine Actor Dies At 89

Actor Alan Arkin, who won an Oscar and a Bafta for his role in Little Miss Sunshine movie is dead.

His sons Adam, Matthew, and Anthony, confirmed the death of the 89-year-old in a family statement on Friday.

“Our father was a uniquely talented force of nature, both as an artist and a man,” they said.

“A loving husband, father, grand and great-grandfather, he was adored and will be deeply missed.”

The New York-born and Los Angeles-raised actor, director, and screenwriter started out in music, singing and playing guitar in a folk band called The Tarriers.

From acting in theaters, he entered television and movie roles, starring in films that include, “Edward Scissorhands” and “Argo,” and series like “BoJack Horseman”, where he voiced JD Salinger in the Netflix animated series from 2015 to 2016.

His most recent role was on Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method,” where he earned two Emmy nominations for supporting actor in a comedy series.

During his acting career, Arkin was rewarded with two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and a Tony Award, in addition to the Oscar and British Academy Film Award that he collected for “Little Miss Sunshine.” 

He also received multiple Oscar nominations, including for his first film “The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming.” 

Alan Arkin was married three times and has three children. He and his first wife, Jeremy Yaffe, were married for six years and together, had two sons – Adam and Matthew. They divorced in 1961. Arkin then wedded screenwriter and actress Barbara Dana from 1964 to 1994. Their union produced a son – Anthony Dana Arkin. After their divorce, Arkin married Suzanne Newlander. 

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

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