Alan Arkin, a US actor best known for playing the eccentric grandfather in the movie Little Miss Sunshine, has passed away at the age of 89.

Over the course of a seven-decade career on stage and screen, Arkin made an appearance in Argo, Ben Affleck's Oscar-winning film.

His sons Adam, Matthew, and Anthony announced his passing in a family statement on Friday.

They said, our father was a uniquely talented force of nature, both as an artist and a man.

The Banana Boat Song, which Harry Belafonte subsequently made famous, was one of their top five hits in 1956.

His Broadway performance in the comedy Enter Laughing in 1963, which earned him a Tony Award for outstanding actor, marked the successful start of his dramatic career.