James Caan: Star of The Godfather and Elf Dies At Age 82 | Ents & art news

Actor James Caan – star of films such as The Godfather and Elf – has died at the age of 82.

His family said in a statement on Twitter: “It is with great sadness that we inform you of Jimmy’s passing on the evening of July 6.

“The family appreciates the outpouring of love and heartfelt condolences and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time. End of tweet”.

Caan was born in 1940 in the Bronx, New York City, to Jewish immigrants from Germany.

James Caan February 22, 2022. Photo: AP
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Not wanting to follow his father into the meat business, he initially envisioned a career in American football, but became interested in acting during college.

His big break came in 1972 when he played the hot-headed and turbulent Sonny in The Godfather, a role that earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, as well as a Golden Globe.

He reprized the role in Godfather II.

Caan also earned an Emmy nomination as cancer-stricken Chicago Bears star Brian Piccolo in ABC’s Brian’s Song.

James Caan (center right) as Sonny Corleone with his co-stars in The Godfather - Al Pacino, Marlon Brando and John Cazale
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James Caan (center right) as Sonny Corleone with his co-stars in The Godfather – Al Pacino (l), Marlon Brando and John Cazale (r)
James Caan (left) with Will Ferrell in Elf
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James Caan (left) with Will Ferrell in Elf

Other appearances included Honeymoon In Vegas, Bulletproof, Mickey Blue Eyes, Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead and the Christmas comedy Elf, in which he played Will Ferrell’s businessman father.

Caan was married four times, most recently to Linda Stokes between 1995 and 2017.

He had five children, one of whom – Scott – followed him into acting, in Ocean’s Eleven, Gone In 60 Seconds and the Hawaii Five-0 reboot.

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