Alan Arkin is an actor, director, musician, and singer. He is known for his roles in Little Miss Sunshine, The Muppets, Edward Scissorhands, and Glengarry Glen Ross.
Among the films for which he has garnered the most favorable critical attention are his Oscar-nominated roles: Wait Until Dark, as the erudite killer stalking Audrey Hepburn; Catch-22;The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, Little Murders, The In-Laws, Glengarry Glen Ross and Little Miss Sunshine, for which he received his third Oscar nomination, in the category of Best Supporting Actor. On the February 11, 2007 he received a BAFTA Film Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of Grandfather Edwin in Little Miss Sunshine. On February 25, 2007, upon winning the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Arkin, who plays a foul-mouthed grandfather with a taste for heroin said, "More than anything, I'm deeply moved by the open-hearted appreciation our small film has received, which in these fragmented times speaks so openly of the possibility of innocence, growth and connection". At 72 years old, Arkin became the sixth oldest winner of the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. In 2006–07, Arkin was cast in supporting roles in Rendition and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause as Bud Newman (Carol's Dad), starring with Tim Allen, Martin Short, Elizabeth Mitchell, Judge Reinhold and Wendy Crewson.