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Alan Arkin, Oscar-Winning Actor of Little Miss Sunshine and Argo, Dies at 89

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Alan Arkin, the Oscar-winning actor whose eclectic career spanned seven decades, died at age 89 on Friday, June 30, 2023. His death was confirmed to USA TODAY by his rep Melody Korenbrot.

Arkin was known for his roles in a wide range of films, from comedies like “Little Miss Sunshine” to dramas like “Glengarry Glen Ross.” He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in “Little Miss Sunshine” in 2006. He also won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in “Enter Laughing” in 1968.

Arkin was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1934. He began his career as a child actor on radio and television. He made his Broadway debut in 1955 in the play “The Irregulars.” He went on to appear in numerous films and television shows throughout his career.

In addition to his acting work, Arkin was also a singer, songwriter, and director. He released several albums of music, and he directed several films, including “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” in 1968 and “Wait Until Dark” in 1967.

Arkin is survived by his wife, three sons, and two grandchildren.

Here are some of his most notable roles:

* Little Miss Sunshine* (2006) – Grandpa Edwin Hoover
* Argo* (2012) – Lester Siegel
*Glengarry Glen Ross* (1992) – Shelly Levene
*The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!* (1966) – Lt. Shevchenko
*Wait Until Dark* (1967) – Sam Hendrix

Arkin was a versatile and talented actor who will be remembered for his many memorable roles. His death is a loss to the entertainment industry.

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