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Also Known As: Jimmy Caan Died:
Born: March 26, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: actor, director, rodeo competitor, waiter, camp counselor, bouncer, lifeguard

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Actor James Caan was a gifted performer who was as capable of pulling heart strings as he was of breaking someone's kneecaps. Caan emerged from the cauldron of New York City's thriving acting scene in the 1950s to become a noted player on the stage and on television. Though he graduated to films soon after his salad days in New York after swearing off television for the next several years, he had his first big breakthrough on the small screen, playing dying football player Brian Piccolo in "Brian's Song" (ABC, 1971). His performance in what was considered to be one of the best television movies ever made earned Caan considerable acclaim, as well as an Emmy Award nomination. But the following year put Caan on the map permanently, with his energetic portrayal of the hot-headed Sonny Corleone in "The Godfather" (1972), a role with which he was forever identified - most notably in the numerous mobster roles he played in the ensuing decades.

Actor James Caan was a gifted performer who was as capable of pulling heart strings as he was of breaking someone's kneecaps. Caan emerged from the cauldron of New York City's thriving acting scene in the 1950s to become a noted player on the stage and on television. Though he graduated to films soon after his salad days in New York after swearing off television for the next several years, he had his first big breakthrough on the small screen, playing dying football player Brian Piccolo in "Brian's Song" (ABC, 1971). His performance in what was considered to be one of the best television movies ever made earned Caan considerable acclaim, as well as an Emmy Award nomination. But the following year put Caan on the map permanently, with his energetic portrayal of the hot-headed Sonny Corleone in "The Godfather" (1972), a role with which he was forever identified - most notably in the numerous mobster roles he played in the ensuing decades.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

1.
  Hide In Plain Sight (1980) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 JL Family Ranch (2016)
2.
 Waiting, The (2016)
3.
5.
 Blood Ties (2014)
6.
 Outsider, The (2014)
7.
 Fighting Man, A (2014)
8.
 Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) Tim Lockwood
9.
10.
 That's My Boy (2012)
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Milestones close milestones

2003:
Appeared as The Big Man in Lars von Trier's "Dogville"
1996:
Appeared in Wes Anderson's debut feature "Bottle Rocket"
2010:
Cast opposite his son Scott Caan in "Mercy"; film also written and produced by his son
1992:
Garnered praise for his turn as a Las Vegas gambler in "Honeymoon in Vegas"
1990:
Played writer Paul Sheldon opposite Kathy Bates as the obsessive fan in the thriller "Misery," based on the novel by Stephen King
1987:
Returned to films after a five-year absence in Coppola's "Gardens of Stone"
1999:
Cast as an Irish schoolteacher investigating his roots in "This Is My Father"
2008:
Cast as The President in the film adaptation of "Get Smart," based on the 1960s spy parody television series
1993:
Co-starred as Dennis Quaid's father in "Flesh and Bone"
1991:
Co-starred with Bette Midler in the Mark Rydell directed "For the Boys"
1974:
Earned praise for his leading role in "The Gambler"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor
1963:
Film acting debut, "Lady in a Cage"
1961:
First Broadway play, "Blood, Sweat, and Stanley Poole"
1968:
Landed starring role in Robert Altman's second feature film "Countdown"
1996:
Played supporting role in "A Boy Called Hate"; first film opposite his son Scott Caan
1961:
Made TV episodic debut on "Naked City" (ABC)
1981:
Played the title role of a professional safe cracker in Michael Mann's "Thief"
2000:
Portrayed a mob-connected NYC subway contractor in "The Yards"
1972:
Re-teamed with Coppola to play Sonny Corleone in "The Godfather"; garnered Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor
2009:
Voiced Flint's father in the animated feature "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs"
1967:
Appeared in "El Dorado" with John Wayne and Robert Mitchum
1999:
Cast as Hugh Grant's crime boss father-in-law in the comedy "Mickey Blue Eyes"
1963:
First film appearance, played a bit part in "Irma la Douce"
2002:
Cast in lead role in the USA Network film "Hearts of Men"
1960:
Made his acting debut on the stage in "La Ronde" (billed as Jimmy Caan)
1975:
Played Billy Rose opposite Barbra Streisand in "Funny Lady"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor
2003:
Played Will Ferrell's biological father in the comedy "Elf"
1998:
Portrayed detective Philip Marlowe in the HBO movie "Poodle Springs," adapted from Raymond Chandler's unfinished novel
2003:
Cast as Big Ed Deline, the head of the surveillance team for a Vegas casino on the NBC drama "Las Vegas"; left the show's after the fourth season
1973:
Co-starred with Marsha Mason for first time in "Cinderella Liberty"; also first film with director Mark Rydell
1969:
First screen collaboration with Francis Ford Coppola, "The Rain People"
1980:
Made his feature directing debut with "Hide in Plain Sight"; also starred
1979:
Played opposite Mason again in "Chapter Two"
1990:
Played Spuds Spaldoni in Warren Beatty's feature adaptation of the comic strip character "Dick Tracy"
1971:
Won acclaim as dying football player Brian Piccolo in the ABC movie "Brian's Song"; earned Emmy nomination
2010:
Cast opposite Luke Wilson in the crime film "Middle Men"
2012:
Guest starred opposite his son Scott on the reboot of "Hawaii Five-0" (CBS)
2012:
Co-starred with Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg in "That's My Boy"
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Education

Rhodes Rhodes Preparatory School: New York, New York -
Michigan State University: East Lansing, Michigan -
Hofstra University: Hempstead, New York -
Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre: New York, New York -

Notes

Caan has reached the level of senior student in the martial art of Gosoku-Ryu.

"You know he's got a temper and he thinks he's Italian." --Scott Caan about his father to Entertainment Weekly, June 28, 1996.

"Jimmy Caan is one of the best actors I know, and he's only gotten better." --director Mark Rydell Entertainment Weekly, June 28, 1996.

"People are always backing up when I'm just going to shake their hands. They always think, 'Here comes Sonny. Watch Out!" --James Caan to Entertainment Weekly, June 28, 1996

"I lost my passion for work. No, that's a negative statement. I just had a bigger passion for something else, for my son, and growing up with him. Shit, that's what life's about. It wasn't so negative. It was positive." --Caan quoted in Premiere, December 1991.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
DeeJay Mathis. Dancer. Married 1961; divorced 1966.
wife:
Sheila Ryan. Model, actor. Married 1976; divorced.
companion:
Leesa Rowland. Together in the mid-1980s; sued Caan for mistreatment and won $84,000 verdict.
wife:
Ingrid Hajek. Married September 9, 1990; born c. 1961; Caan's third marriage; separated April 1995.
wife:
Linda Stokes. Married October 7, 1995; Caan's fourth wife; born c. 1956.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Arthur Caan. Meat dealer. Family name is said to be Dutch version of 'Kahn' or 'Cohen'.
mother:
Sophie Caan.
brother:
Ronald Caan. Producer.
sister:
Barbara Caan. Died of cancer in 1981; Caan was very close with her and her death is said to have devastated him.
daughter:
Tara Caan. Mother, DeeJay Mathis.
son:
Scott Caan. Actor, musician. Born c. 1976; mother Sheila Ryan; underwent kidney surgery c. 1978; arrested for assault in September 1998.
son:
Alexander James Caan. Born on April 10, 1991; mother, Ingrid Hajek.
son:
James Arthur Caan. Born on November 6, 1995, mother, Linda Stokes.
son:
Jacob Nicholas Caan. Born on Septmeber 24, 1998; mother, Linda Stokes.
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