Oscar Winning Disney Actor Passes Away

Alan Arkin in the Santa Clause 3
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The list of movie stars, musicians, and celebrities under the Walt Disney Studios umbrella is deep and wide. Earlier today, one of those actors – one who won an Academy Award passed away.

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Alan Arkin

Alan Arkin died at home at age 89 on Friday, June 30.

His career in acting spanned decades, including multiple Disney films such as the live action Dumbo (2019), The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006), The Muppets (2011), and The Rocketeer (1991). He also starred in numerous non-Disney produced movies, including Edward Scissorhands (1990), Wait Until Dark (1967), Argo (2012), and Little Miss Sunshine (2006) – the film for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

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His sons Adam, Mathew, and Anthony offered a joint statement from the family:

“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.”

100 Film Career

Alan Arkin was born in New York in 1934, and his family moved to Los Angeles when he was a child. But in 1960, he traveled to Chicago and became an early Second City improvisational comedy troupe member. From there, he went on to star on Broadway. Over the next 50 years, he became a recognizable star both in movies and TV. His career spanned over 100 films – including classics The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming (1967), The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1968), Catch-22 (1970), and Glengarry Glen Ross (1992).

Alan Arkin in the Muppets as Tour Guide

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Most recently, he has been nominated for Emmy Awards over his work in The Kominsky Method (2019) on Netflix opposite Michael Douglas.

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But despite his many awards and appearances through the decades, Disney fans may know him best as Bud Newman from The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006), “Uncca” Lou Handler in Touchstone Pictures Indian Summer (1993), Ernie Lazzaro in Touchstone Pictures film The Jerky Boys (1995), and J. Griffin Remington in the live action remake of Dumbo (2019).

He is survived by his three sons and his wife, Suzanne Newlander Arkin.

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About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)