Disappearance of Alan Arkin, a major actor in American cinema

Disappearance of Alan Arkin, a major actor in American cinema

After a rich career in the 1960s, he distinguished himself in a large number of classics, such as The Russians Are Coming, Edward Scissorhands, Little Miss Sunshine and Argo.

Jason Alexander, the famous George Costanza of Seinfeldannounced this night the death of the actor Alan Arkin at the age of 89.

Before embarking on the acting profession, Alan Arkin began a singing career in the 1950s with his group The Tarriers. He became known in 1956 thanks to the co-writing of the piece “The Banana Boat Song”taken up by Harry Belafonte and (re)popularized thanks to the meal scene of beetle juice In the 1980’s.

Alan Arkin first appeared on Broadway in the early 1960s with a play by Carl Reiner, Enter Laughing, which very quickly opened the doors of the cinema to him. His first major role was that of Lieutenant Rozanov in The Russians are coming by Norman Jewison in 1966, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a musical or a comedy, as well as the Oscar for best actor. His career was then officially launched, and he won a second Oscar nomination at the age of 24 for The heart is a lone hunter by Robert Ellis Miller, where he shares the bill with Sondra Locke.

From the 1970s, Alan Arkin continued to appear in the films of major filmmakers, such as Mike Nichols (Catch-22), Herbert Ross (Sherlock Holmes attacks the Orient Express) and Larry Cohen (Full Moon High). His career slowed down in the 1980s, often relayed in supporting roles but in certain major films, such asEdward Scissorhands by Tim Burton, Havana by Sydney Pollack, with Robert Redford, but also glengarry by James Foley, where we can see him alongside Jack Lemmon and Al Pacino. In the 1990s, he was also present in Welcome to Gattaca by Andrew Niccol.

His career rebounded in the 2000s thanks to his role as a grumpy grandfather in Little Miss Sunshinewhich allowed him to win the Oscar for best actor in a supporting role, but also in the segment Équilibre by Steven Soderbergh, from the collective film Erosas well as in comedy Max the Menace, alongside Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway. In 2012, he was again nominated for the Oscar for best actor in a supporting role for his role in Argo by Ben Affleck, Oscar winner for best picture.

During his career, Alan Arkin also appeared in a large number of series. His most memorable role, however, remains that of Norman Newlander in The Kominski Method (2018-2019), in which he plays the agent of the has-been actor played by Michael Douglas.

Alan Arkin made several feature films between 1967 and 2004, mostly little known in France, including Little Murdersa 1971 black comedy with Elliott Gould, but also Schmok in 1977, where he shared the poster with Rob Reiner.

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