(Harrison Smith’s article appeared in the Washington Post, 6/30; Photo: Stage and screen actor Alan Arkin in 2018. His recent work included an Emmy-nominated starring role in “The Kominsky Method,” a Netflix comedy series with Michael Douglas. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters.)

Alan Arkin, a wide-ranging stage and screen actor who delivered wry and surprisingly poignant performances in a career that spanned more than six decades, winning an Oscar for his role as a cranky but caring grandfather in the 2006 film “Little Miss Sunshine,” has died. He was 89.

His agent, Estelle Lasher, confirmed the death. Additional details were not immediately available.

Mr. Arkin began his career on the stage, performing with Chicago’s renowned Second City comedy troupe and winning a Tony Award for best featured actor in the 1963 play “Enter Laughing.” Three years later, he rose to stardom as a Russian lieutenant in “The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming,” a Cold War farce about a Soviet submarine that runs aground off the New England coast.

The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including best picture and best actor for Mr. Arkin, who lost to Paul Scofield for “A Man for All Seasons.”

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