Alan Arkin Death Cause: Oscar and Tony Award-Winning Actor Passes Away at 89
Alan Arkin, an actor who won both an Oscar and a Tony Award, has died. He had lived for 89 years.
His son Matthew told The New York Times that his father died Thursday in his San Marcos, California home from “heart problems.”
Matthew, along with his brothers Adam and Anthony, told People, “Our father was a force of nature, both as an artist and as a person. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who will be greatly missed.
Arkin’s last role was with Michael Douglas in Chuck Lorre’s The Kominsky Method, which aired on Netflix for three seasons and finished in 2021.
The part of Hollywood agent Norman Newlander earned him two consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, in 2019 and 2020. He departed the series ahead of its final season.
Douglas posted the following emotional tribute to his former co-star and friend on Instagram, shortly after news of Arkin’s passing broke:
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Arkin had a long and successful career in TV, movies, and on Broadway. He started out on stage, and his role as David Kolowitz in Joseph Stein’s Enter Laughing won him the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play in 1963. He was nominated again for Best Direction of a Play for The Sunshine Boys in 1973.
On the film side, he received four Oscar nominations: two for Best Actor, for 1966’s The Russians Are Coming and 1968’s The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, and two for Supporting Actor, for 2006’s Little Miss Sunshine and 2012’s Argo. He won one, for his role as Edwin Hoover in the indie favorite Little Miss Sunshine.
For The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming, he won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. He also won two Screen Actors Guild awards for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture for Little Miss Sunshine and Argo.