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Alan Arkin, Oscar-winning ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ actor, dies at 89

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Alan Arkin, who appeared in dozens of films and TV shows over a career that spanned seven decades, has died, according to a statement from members of his family to ABC Audio. He was 89.

A veteran of stage and screen, Arkin earned four Academy Award nominations and an Oscar in 2007 for Little Miss Sunshine; he recently earned a pair of Emmy nominations for his work in Netflix’s comedy series The Kominsky Method.

His sons AdamMatthew and Anthony confirmed their father’s death through the actor’s publicist on Friday, June 30. “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.”

Arkin made his Broadway debut in 1963, earning a Tony Award for his debut performance in Enter Laughing. His first turn on the big screen in 1966’s The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming netted him his first Oscar nomination. He was also Academy Award nominated for 1967’s The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, and after his win for 2006’s Sunshine, he was nominated in the Supporting Actor category for Ben Affleck‘s Oscar-winning 2012 drama, Argo.

Over the years, Arkin also logged memorable turns in movies — like 1990’s Edward Scissorhands, 1992’s Glengarry Glen Ross and 1997’s Grosse Pointe Blank — and on TV in shows including Chicago Hope and Will & Grace.

Arkin, is survived by his wife Suzanne, his sons, his grandchildren MollyEmmetAtticus and Abigail, and great-grandson Elliott, the statement explains.

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