‘One of the greats’: Fans and celebrities unite to honour the late Alan Arkin

Jul 02, 2023
As news broke of Arkin's passing, fans and celebrities alike united to deliver heartfelt tributes to the late star. Source: Getty Images.

In the wake of actor Alan Arkin’s passing, devoted fans and celebrities alike have come together to pay tribute to the legendary talent who left an immeasurable mark on the world of entertainment.

Arkin reportedly passed away at the age of 89 in his California home on Thursday, June 29, his sons issued a statement confirming his death 

“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,” the statement read.

Born March 26, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York, Arkin’s journey in the performing arts began in the theatre. He honed his craft in various stage productions, showcasing his exceptional acting abilities and captivating audiences with his performances. His breakthrough came in 1963 when he won a Tony Award for his role in the Broadway play Enter Laughing.

One of his most iconic roles came in 1966 when he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his portrayal of Lt. Rozanov in The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming.

Arkin’s career continued to flourish with notable performances in films such as Wait Until Dark, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, and Catch-22.

In 2006, Arkin delivered a standout performance in the critically acclaimed film Little Miss Sunshine. His portrayal of Edwin Hoover, a foul-mouthed and lovable grandfather, earned him widespread acclaim and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. This role solidified his status as a seasoned actor capable of delivering both comedic and poignant performances.

Arkin’s talent extended beyond acting. He also explored directing with films such as Fire Sale, Little Murders, and The Four Seasons. In addition, Arkin authored several books, including the memoir An Improvised Life, where he shared insights into his personal and professional life.

Throughout his career, Arkin garnered immense respect and admiration from his peers. He was well known for his professionalism, humility, and dedication to his craft, inspiring countless actors with his ability to bring depth and authenticity to his characters.

As news broke of Arkin’s passing, fans and celebrities alike united to deliver heartfelt tributes to the late star, honouring his extraordinary talent and the profound impact he made on the world of entertainment


Arkin is survived by his wife Suzanne, his three sons, four grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

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