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Obituary: Alan Arkin

Alan Arkin March 26, 1934 - March 14, 2022 (Age 89 Years)


Alan Arkin, the celebrated actor and director known for his versatile performances across film and stage, passed away on June 29, 2023, at the age of 89. Arkin's death was due to natural causes at his home in Carlsbad, California.


Born Alan Wolf Arkin on March 26, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York, Arkin grew up in Los Angeles, California. He attended Los Angeles City College and later Bennington College, where he honed his acting skills and passion for the arts. This pivotal moment led to a storied career spanning seven decades, during which he became one of the most recognizable and respected figures in the entertainment industry.

Alan Arkin first gained attention with his early work in the Broadway play "Enter Laughing," but it was his role in the film "The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming" that catapulted him to stardom. He solidified his star status with a string of hits in the 1960s and beyond, including notable works such as "Catch-22," "Little Miss Sunshine," and "Argo."

Known for his distinctive voice, impeccable timing, and ability to portray a wide range of characters, Alan Arkin captivated audiences with his versatility in both comedic and dramatic roles. Beyond his main field, Arkin made significant contributions to literature and music, earning accolades and awards for his multifaceted talents.

Despite his professional successes, Alan Arkin faced personal challenges, including navigating the ups and downs of a long and demanding career. Yet, he remained a resilient figure, beloved by fans and respected by peers for his enduring talent, wit, and generosity.

Alan Arkin is survived by his wife, Suzanne Newlander, and his children, Adam, Matthew, and Anthony Arkin. A private memorial service was held on July 2, 2023, in Carlsbad, attended by close friends and family, including notable industry peers. His remains were cremated and entrusted to his family. A tribute was placed at the Actors Studio in New York City later that year to honor his lasting legacy.

Alan Arkin leaves behind a rich legacy of work that will continue to entertain and inspire future generations. His contributions to film, theater, and the arts remain indelible. He will be remembered not only as a prolific actor and director but also as a compassionate mentor and a profound influence on American cinema.

➱ Remembering Alan:

- Adam, Matthew and Anthony (Sons) “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.”

- Michael Douglas

“Today we lost a wonderful actor whose intelligence, sense of comedy and consummate professionalism over the past 70 years has left an indelible mark on our industry. My experience of working with Alan were some of my most memorable. He will be deeply missed.”

- Abigail Breslin

“kindest, gentlest and hilarious actors” she’s ever worked with. “We may not have been related in real life, but he will always be Grandpa in my heart I send my deepest sympathies this his wife Suzanne and his family,”

- Jason Alexander

“Such a wonderful, original voice for comedy. And on the few occasions I was in his presence, a kind and generous soul. I learned so much from watching him. And the laughs I got from his glorious work seem endless.”

- Michael Imperioli

“The one and only ALAN ARKIN has left us,” “Arkin was a rare breed who had an infallible sense of truth that allowed him to shift with ease from the tragic to the hilarious in the blink of an eye. Such a great actor and such a great loss to cinema.”

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