Oscar and Tony Winner, Alan Arkin, Passes Away at 89

Oscar and Tony Winner, Alan Arkin, Passes Away at 89
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As time keeps marching on, we lose more and more faces of familiarity in Hollywood. Today is no exception as we say goodbye to Oscar Winner and Disney Star Alan Arkin, who passed away at age 89. According to Variety, Arkin died at his home in Carlsbad, California, on June 29 after giving the world decades of riveting performances, including his Oscar-winning role in Little Miss Sunshine. Alan Arkin’s sons, Matthew, Adam, and Anthony, confirmed the actor’s death in a reminiscing statement provided to People.

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.”

Flying robot at Disney

Credit: Disney/ The Rocketeer

Arkin was well-known within the Disney community. His proclivity for acting and his dancing and singing ability afforded him a few roles within the company’s vast productions. He most notably starred as Peevy in the 1991 Disney film The Rocketeer. Arkin also made a couple of appearances alongside the Muppets (The Muppet Show episode 420 and The Muppets 1979). To top off his Disney-related resume, Alan Arkin also had a role as J. Griffin Remington in the 2019 live adaptation of Dumbo.

Live-action Dumbo

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Outside of Disney, Arkin enjoyed a long and robust career with appearances in The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming, Wait Until DarkCatch-22The In-Laws, Glengarry Glen Ross, Little Miss Sunshine, for which he was honored with an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. According to Disney Wiki, Arkin was also nominated in the same category for his work in the 2012 film Argo with Ben Affleck. Alan Arkin also is credited alongside Michael Douglas in the Netflix series The Kominsky Method. This performance earned him two more Primetime Emmy Award nominations for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series. Many fans may also remember the actor as the father of Winona Ryder’s character in Edward Scissorhands alongside Johnny Depp. If that’s not impressive enough, Alan Arkin also was an accomplished director and Tony winner. We are absolutely grateful to the wonderful performances that he put on screen for viewers to enjoy during the span of his career.

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Arkin’s long legacy lives on through his three sons who are all actors as well. In an interview with Variety, Arkins son Adam says, “I often joke about the fact that when other kids were being taken to baseball games and sporting events and fishing trips, my father was taking me to see silent Russian films.” Arkinis survived by his three childern and his third wife Suzanne Newland Arkin. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.


About Michael Arnold

Michael is a father, husband, and an Army Veteran. Michael spends his weekends at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando checking out new merchandise and food. Michael is a graduate of the University of Alabama and has an education background in Public Health. You can find Michael riding Pirates of the Caribbean over and over again or binge watching new Marvel and Star Wars content. Han shot first. Thor is the strongest Avenger. Roll Tide and Wash Your Hands!