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Alan Arkin, Oscar-winning actor, dies at 89


Alan Arkin, a veteran US actor known for his remarkable talent and a career that spanned over six decades died due to heart problems. Arkin, who received multiple Academy Award and Emmy nominations, left an indelible mark on both the film and television industry. His unforgettable performances in films like “Catch-22,” “Edward Scissorhands,” and his Oscar-winning role in “Little Miss Sunshine” endeared him to audiences.

Early Life and Career

Alan Arkin was born in 1934 in New York to a family of Jewish immigrants. Before launching his acting career, he gained recognition as a member of the folk act, the Tarriers, achieving chart success with their rendition of “The Banana Boat Song.” However, it was on Broadway that Arkin first made waves, earning a Tony Award for his lead role in “Enter Laughing” in 1963. His talent quickly caught the attention of the film industry, leading to his debut major film role in the war comedy “The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming,” which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. This recognition set the stage for a remarkable career in film and television.

Success on the Small Screen and Supporting Roles

During the subsequent decade, Arkin found success in television, receiving an Emmy nomination for his role in the 1987 TV movie “Escape from Sobibor.” He then transitioned into supporting and ensemble roles, delivering memorable performances in films such as Tim Burton’s “Edward Scissorhands” as Winona Ryder’s grumpy father, the star-studded “Glengarry Glen Ross” as one of the office salesmen, and “Grosse Pointe Blank” as John Cusack’s therapist. However, it was his unforgettable portrayal of the heroin-snorting grandad in “Little Miss Sunshine” that finally earned him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 2007.

Key takeaways for competitive examinations

  • Alan Arkin was an: American Actor
  • Alan Arkin won Oscar award in: 2007
  • Alan Arkin won Oscar award in Best Supporting Actor for the film: “Little Miss Sunshine”


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