He was the center of her most charished career memories
On Instagram, Anne Hathaway, the 40-year-old actress, posted a touching tribute to Alan Arkin, the late actor who recently passed away at the age of 89. Hathaway expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to collaborate with Arkin in the 2008 action spy comedy film, Get Smart.
She began her tribute by describing Arkin as a wonderful person and expressing her gratitude for the chance to collaborate with him. Hathaway highlighted his kind and supportive nature, as well as his professionalism and wisdom, emphasizing that he was a true artist.
The actress continued, reminiscing about the impact Arkin had on her during their time working together when she was just twenty-three years old. She shared that he played a significant role in her cherished career memories. Hathaway concluded her message by sending love and sympathy to Arkin’s family, whom she described as gems themselves.
Accompanying the heartfelt note were three photos: a portrait of Arkin, a picture of Hathaway and Arkin together at a red carpet event, and a still from their movie, Get Smart.
In an exclusive statement provided to PEOPLE, Alan Arkin’s sons—Adam, Matthew, and Anthony—represented their family and shared heartfelt sentiments about their late father. They described him as an exceptional and incomparable force of talent. The sons expressed their deep love for him and acknowledged the immense influence he had as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
Alan Arkin, born on March 26, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York, enjoyed a remarkable career as an actor, earning both Academy Awards and a Tony Award. He first graced the Broadway stage in 1961 and later received a Tony Award in 1963 for his outstanding performance. Arkin’s talents extended to the world of film and television, earning him six Emmy Award nominations. One of his notable recent nominations was for his work in The Kominsky Method. However, in 2021, Arkin made the decision to depart from the show before its third season. He reflected on his enduring passion for acting but acknowledged that he had reached a point where he no longer relied on it as he once did.
Arkin is survived by his wife Suzanne Newlander, whom he married in 1996, as well as his three sons. His remarkable talent and legacy will be deeply missed by all who admired him.