James Caan, who starred in The Godfather and other classics, dead at 82

James Caan, the actor who left his mark on Hollywood through films like The Godfather over the course of a career spanning more than 50 years, has passed away. He was 82.

The news was announced earlier today on Caan’s Twitter account.

“It is with great sadness that we inform you of Jimmy’s passing on the evening of July 6th,” the tweet reads. “The family appreciates the outpouring of love and heartfelt condolences and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”

The message ended with “end of tweet” – Caan’s signature opt-out on the platform. A cause of death was not disclosed.

Caan began making films in 1963, with his storied career having roles in Rollerball, Misery and many other well-known films. However, his most famous role was that of Santino “Sonny” Corleone in The Godfather, the eldest son of the Corleone clan known for his evil temper. For the role, Caan received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

In more recent years, Caan has appeared in films such as The Good Neighbor and Queen Bees. He also provided one of the voices in Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.

Caan’s last collaboration with director Francis Ford Coppla would be Megalopolis, which was set to begin shooting in the fall of 2022.

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