5 Iconic Roles That Aran Arkin Will Be Remembered By

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Alan Arkin at "The Kominsky Method" film screening at AFI Fest in 2018. Photo by MediaPunch/Shutterstock (9973461u)

Alan Arkin, the Oscar-winning actor whose career in Hollywood spanned seven decades, passed away at age 89. The brilliant performer left an impressive legacy behind, and here are five iconic roles that he’ll always be remembered by.

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

The acclaimed comedy Little Miss Sunshine was brimming with talent, but Arkin stole the show and won an Academy Award for best-supporting actor for his hilarious turn as foul-mouthed grandpa Edwin Hoover.

The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966)

Arkin never had any trouble shining in supporting roles, but this 60s comedy about the grounding of the Soviet submarine during the Cold War showed the world he’s a brilliant leading man and earned him his first Oscar nod.

Argo (2013)

Ben Affleck’s best picture winner Argo earned Arkin another Oscar nod, and he brought some much-needed comedic relief to this otherwise grim thriller.

Catch-22 (1970)

Arkin brilliantly carried the adaptation of Joseph Heller’s iconic book on his shoulders and gave us a masterclass in acting as Captain Yossarian, a bombardier haunted by the absurdity and hypocrisy of war.

The Kominski Method (2018-19)

Netflix comedy The Kominski Method served as somewhat of Arkin’s swan song, and he earned two Emmy nods for the portrayal of the cynical best friend of Michael Douglas’s titular character.