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Alan Arkin has passed away at 89. Here he is pictured with Little Miss Sunshine Abigail Breslin

Abigail Breslin Shares Love for Late ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ Co-Star Alan Arkin

Abigail Breslin-Kunyansky is remembering her Little Miss Sunshine co-star, the late, great Alan Arkin. 

In a heartfelt post on Instagram, the actor who starred as Olive Hoover in the movie when she was 9-years-old, recalled working with Alan who so memorably starred as her cocaine-snorting Grandpa:

“Alan Arkin was one of the kindest, wittiest and most lovely human beings I have had the privilege of working with,” she writes following news of his passing.

“I remember when we were doing the ‘am I pretty?’ scene in Little Miss Sunshine and on the first take, he yelled out to ‘cut!’ and get my mother immediately because I was crying. I said, ‘No, Alan I’m acting!’, and he cracked up. I love that story because that’s who Alan was. He cared deeply about his work, but above all and most importantly, he was a genuinely kind and thoughtful man.”

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Abigail ends her post, “Dearest, Alan… you will be profoundly missed. Thank you for everything. My sincerest condolences and love are sent to his family, including his beautiful wife Suzanne. Although we were not related in real life, you will always be ‘Grandpa’ in my heart. Rest peacefully. <3”

Alan’s recent passing was confirmed by his sons Matthew, Adam and Anthony in a statement to People:

“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.”

No cause of death has been shared.

A master of drama, tragedy and comedy, Alan starred in countless major productions including Argo, Catch-22, The Kominsky Method and more, had a career spanning seven decades. He won numerous awards for his work both on stage and on screen, including a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in Little Miss Sunshine. 

(Feature Image Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.