Oscar winner Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) has been selected to receive the 2015 CinemaCon Lifetime Achievement Award, says CinemaCon’s Managing Director Mitch Neuhauser. Calling Arkin one of the most beloved, talented, and respected actors of his generation, Neuhauser explained why Arkin was chosen as this year’s recipient. “From The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming to The In-Laws and Little Miss Sunshine to Argo, Arkin has endeared himself to generations of moviegoers which is a remarkable testament to his incredible versatility. Arkin’s work never ceases to entertain and impress and we can’t wait to see him later this year when he stars in Love the Coopers,” said Neuhauser.
CinemaCon, the annual gathering of National Association of Theatre Owners, will take place April 20 – 23 in Las Vegas. Arkin will pick up his award during the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards at Caesars Palace on April 23rd.
A brief bio of Alan Arkin, courtesy of CinemaCon: “Born in Brooklyn, Arkin launched his career with Chicago’s improvisational revue Second City. This led to his 1963 Broadway bow in the play Enter Laughing, for which he won a Tony Award. In 1966, Arkin made his major feature film debut, starring in Norman Jewison’s comedy smash The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming, for which he won a Golden Globe Award. With more than 70 films to his name, Arkin’s filmography includes Little Miss Sunshine, a role which won him an Academy Award, Argo, Million Dollar Arm, Grudge Match, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, The Change Up, Marley & Me, Catch-22, Edward Scissorhands, and Sunshine Cleaning. Arkin has also directed several short films and written several books, including eight children’s books, and most recently his memoir, An Improvised Life.”
-By Rebecca Murray
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