Oscar winner Alan Arkin (1934-2023) is dead. The actor, best known for his comedic roles, died on June 29 at the age of 89. A number of Hollywood stars such as Michael Douglas (78), who was in front of the camera with Arkin for "The Kominsky Method", have expressed their sympathy on social networks.
Veteran actor Douglas, who himself won two Oscars in his long career, wrote in a reaction to Arkin's death on Instagram: "Today we have lost a wonderful actor whose intelligence, flair for comedy and consummate professionalism over the past 70 years have been indelible have left their mark on our industry." Douglas added: "He will be deeply missed."
Hollywood star John Cusack (57), who starred with Arkin in "One Man – One Murder" (1997), also expressed his sympathy on Twitter. He wrote: "So sad about Alan [...]. I feel like he challenged me to be a better person by sharing his insights into people, his wicked sense of humor, his intelligence and his presence - what a guy."
Director Rob Reiner (76), who was in front of the camera with Arkin in his directorial work "It Burns at All Corners" (1977), wrote on Twitter: "So sad to hear from Alan Arkin. A brilliant actor, with who was as exciting to work with as it was to watch him work."
Actress Natasha Lyonne (44), who played with Arkin in the cult comedy "Main thing Beverly Hills" (1998), also remembered the deceased mimes with a social media post. She wrote: "I love this man so much. Favorite of all my screen dads and so brilliant, inspirational and kind for so long."
Comedians Patton Oswalt (54) and Jason Alexander (63) also spoke up. "Seinfeld" star Alexander called Arkin "a wonderful, original voice for comedy" and a "generous soul". Oswalt, best known for the cult sitcom King of Queens (1998-2007), wrote on Twitter: "Did anyone have the range of Alan Arkin? Hilarious, evil, crazy, tragic. No mood he was in couldn't live. Rest in peace."
And "Karate Kid" star Ralph Macchio (61) also reminded of Arkin with a Twitter post. "Alan Arkin - legendary in every respect and in every genre," wrote Macchio, who described the deceased as "truly unique".