(Los Angeles) American actor Alan Arkin, Oscar winner for his role as grumpy grandfather in Little Miss Sunshine, died at the age of 89, his family announced on Friday.

The comedian, a popular second role in American cinema and recognized for his improvisational skills, died at his home in California, according to a statement from his sons.

He “was a force of nature and a very talented artist,” praised Adam, Matthew and Anthony. “He will be greatly missed. »

Over his 70-year career, Alan Arkin has played many tongue-in-cheek characters. Best known remains his incarnation of a cantankerous grandfather with flowery language in Little Miss Sunshine, for which he received the Oscar for best supporting role in 2007.

His role as a Hollywood producer, capable of creating a fake film for the CIA in Ben Affleck’s Argo, had also made an impression and earned him an Oscar nomination.

Earlier in his career, he was also nominated for the Cold War satire The Russians Are Coming (1966) and the drama The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1968), where he played a deaf-mute.

Actor in film and television as well as in the theater, Alan Arkin has also played in the adaptation of the novel Catch 22 by Mike Nichols, or in Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands and Welcome to Gattaca.

In recent years, the actor had also been nominated several times for the Emmy Awards, the television equivalent of the Oscars, for his performance in the Netflix series The Kominsky Method, where he gave the reply to Michael Douglas.