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James Caan Biography

James Caan is an American actor. He came to prominence in the 1970s with significant roles in films such as Brian’s Song (1971), Cinderella Liberty (1973), The Gambler (1974), Freebie and the Bean (1974), Rollerball (1975), Funny Lady (1975), A Bridge Too Far (1977) and Chapter Two (1979). For his early roles in The Glory Guys (1965),he received a Golden Globe nomination, El Dorado (1967), and The Rain People (1969).

His signature role in The Godfather (1972), that of hot-tempered Sonny Corleone, made him to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the corresponding Golden Globe.

His other notable performances include roles in Thief (1981), Misery (1990), For the Boys (1991), Eraser (1996), Bottle Rocket (1996) and Elf (2003), as well as the role of “Big Ed” Deline in the television series Las Vegas (2003–08).

James prominently lent his voice to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013) as Tim Lockwood, father of Bill Hader’s protagonist Flint Lockwood.

His contributions to the film industry, lend him to be inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1978 with a motion pictures star located at 6648 Hollywood Boulevard.

James Caan Age | How Old Is James Caan

James was born on March 26, 1940 in The Bronx, New York. He is 79 years old as of 2019.

James Caan Height | How Tall Is James Caan

James stands at a height of 1.76 m.

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James was born in the Bronx, New York.  He is the son of Sophie (née Falkenstein; June 24, 1915 – January 18, 2016) and Arthur Caan, Jewish immigrants from Germany.  Caan’s father was a meat dealer and butcher. He has three siblings. He grew up in Sunnyside, Queens.

James Caan Education | James Caan Young

James was educated in New York City. He later went to Michigan State University. He then transferred to Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, but did not graduate. Caan’s classmates at Hofstra included Francis Ford Coppola and Lainie Kazan.

When he was still studying at Hofstra University, James became intrigued by acting and was interviewed for, accepted to, and graduated from, New York City’s Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, where he studied for five years; one of his instructors was Sanford Meisner.

“I just fell in love with acting,” he later recalled. “Of course all my improvs ended in violence.”

James Caan Spouse | James Caan Wife | James Caan Children |James Caan Jacob Nicholas Caan

James has been married four times.  He married Dee Jay Mathis in 1961 and in 1966 they divorced. The two had a daughter, Tara  who was born in 1964. His second marriage was with Sheila Marie Ryan who is a former girlfriend of Elvis Presley’s  in 1976 but  they divorced the following year.  The two had a son known as Scott Caan, who also is an actor, was born August 23, 1976.

James from September 1990 to March 1994 he was married to Ingrid Hajek. The two  had a son, Alexander James Caan, born 1991. On October 7, 1995, he married Linda Stokes they have two sons, James Arthur Caan (born 1995) and Jacob Nicholas Caan (born 1998). The couple divorced in 2009, citing irreconcilable differences.

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James with his wife Sheila Marie Ryan whom he married in 1976 but later divorced the year which followed they had a son known as Scott Caan. Scott is an actor he currently stars as Detective Danny “Danno” Williams in the CBS television series Hawaii Five-0 (2010–present), for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.

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Josie James Caan

Josie is the daughter to Caan’s son Scott. She was born in July 2014. She is granddaughter to James.

James Caan Movies | James Caan Films

Movies from Year 2012 to 2017

  • 2017 – Undercover Grandpa as Grandpa
  • 2016 – The Good Neighbor as The Red Maple Leaf
  • 2016 – George Lawrence Secord
  • 2015 – Sicilian Vampire as Professor Bernard Isaacs
  • 2015 – The Throwaways – Lt. Col. Christopher Holden
  • 2014 – A Fighting Man – Brother Albright
  • 2014 – Preggoland as Walter Huxley
  • 2014 – The Outsider as Karl Schuster
  • 2013 – Blood Ties as Leon Pierzynski as
  • 2013 – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 as Tim Lockwood as
  • 2013 – The Tale of the Princess Kaguya as The Bamboo Cutter as
  • 2012 – Small Apartments as Mr. Allspice –
  • 2012 – That’s My Boy as Father McNally

Movies from 2005 to 2011

  • 2011 – Detachment as Mr. Charles Seabold as
  • 2010 – Henry’s Crime as Max Saltzman
  • 2010 – Minkow as Paul Vinsant
  • 2009 – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs as Tim Lockwood
  • 2009 – Mercy as Gerry Ryan
  • 2009 – Middle Men as Jerry Haggerty
  • 2009 – Something, Something, Something, Darkside as Himself
  • 2008 – Get Smart as The President
  • 2008 – New York, I Love You as Mr. Riccoli
  • 2008 – Wisegal as Salvatore Palmeri
  • 2005 – Santa’s Slay as Darren Mason

Movies from year 2001 to 2003

  • 2003 – Dogville asThe Big Man
  • 2003- Elf as Walter Hobbs
  • 2003 – Jericho Mansions as Leonard Grey
  • 2003 – This Thing of Ours as Jimmy “The Con”
  • 2002 – City of Ghosts as Marvin
  • 2001 – In the Shadows as Lance Huston
  • 2001 – Night at the Golden Eagle as Prison Warden
  • 2001 – Viva Las Nowhere as Roy Baker

Movies from 1992 to 2000

  • 2000 – Luckytown – Charlie Doyles
  • 2000 – The Way of the Gun as Joe Sarno
  • 2000 – The Yards as Frank Olchin
  • 1999 – Mickey Blue Eye as Frank Vitale
  • 1998 This Is My Father as Kieran Johnson
  • 1996 Bottle Rocket as Mr. Abe Henry
  • 1996 – Bulletproof as Frank Colton
  • 1996 Eraser as U.S. Marshal Robert Deguerin
  • 1996 – North Star as Sean McLennon
  • 1995 – A Boy Called Hate as Jim
  • 1993 – Flesh and Bone as Roy Sweeney
  • 1993 – The Program as Coach Sam Winters
  • 1992 – Honeymoon in Vegas as Tommy Korman

Movies from year 1981 to 1991

  • 1991 – The Dark Backward as Doctor Scurvy
  • 1991 – For the Boys as Eddie Sparks
  • 1990 – Dick Tracy as Spud Spaldoni
  • 1990 – Misery as Paul Sheldon
  • 1988 – Alien Nation as Det. Sgt. Matthew Sykes
  • 1987 – Gardens of Stone as SFC Clell Hazard
  • 1982 – Kiss Me Goodbye as Jolly Villano
  • 1981 – Thief as Frank

Movies from year 1971 to 1980

  • 1980 – Hide in Plain Sight as Thomas Hacklin
  • 1979 – 1941 as Sailor in Fight
  • 1979 – Chapter Two as George Schneider
  • 1978 – Comes a Horseman as Frank “Buck” Athearn
  • 1977 – Another Man, Another Chance as David Williams
  • 1977 – A Bridge Too Far as Sgt. Eddie Dohun
  • 1976 – Harry and Walter Go to New York as Harry Dighby
  • 1976 – Silent Movie as Himself
  • 1975 – Funny Lady as Billy Rose
  • 1975 – The Killer Elite as Mike Locken
  • 1975 – Rollerball as Jonathan E.
  • 1974 – Freebie and the Bean as Freebie
  • 1974 – The Gambler as Axel Freed
  • 1974 – The Godfather Part II as Santino “Sonny” Corleone
  • 1974 – Gone with the West as Jebediah Kelsey
  • 1973 – Cinderella Liberty as John Baggs Jr.
  • 1973 – Slither as Dick Kanipsia
  • 1972 – The Godfather as Santino “Sonny” Corleone
  • 1971 – T.R. Baskin as Larry Moore

Movies from Year 1963 to 1970

  • 1970 – Rabbit, Run as Rabbit Angstrom
  • 1960 The Rain People as Jimmy Kilgannon
  • 1969 – Journey to Shiloh as Buck Burnett
  • 1968 – Submarine X-1 as Cmdr. Richard Bolton
  • 1967 – Bonnie and Clyde as Jimmy
  • 1967 – Cool Hand Luke as Big Mike
  • 1967 – Countdown as Lee Stegler
  • 1967 – El Dorado as Alan Bourdillion “Mississippi” Traherne
  • 1967 – Games as Paul Montgomery
  • 1965 – The Glory Guys as Pvt. Anthony Dugan
  • 1965 – Red Line 7000 as Mike Marsh
  • 1964 – Lady in a Cage as Randall Simpson O’Connell
  • 1963 – Irma la Douce as Soldier with Radio
  • TBA – Welcome to Pine Grove! asDan Simpson

James Caan Tv Shows

  • 2016 – JL Ranch as Tap Peterson
  • 2015 – Wuthering High School as Mr. Earnshaw
  • 2013 – Back in the Game as Terry “The Cannon” Gannon
  • 2013 – Magic City as Sy Berman
  • 2012 – Hawaii Five-0 as Tony Archer
  • 2010 – The Annoying Orange as Jalepeño
  • 2003 – 2008 – Las Vegas as Ed Deline
  • 2002 – Blood Crime as Sheriff Morgan McKenna
  • 2001 – A Glimpse of Hell as Capt. Fred Moosally
  • 2001 – Warden of Red Rock as John Flinders
  • 1998 – Poodle Springs as Philip Marlowe
  • 1996 – NewsRadio as James Caan / Himself
  • 1981 – Les Uns et les Autres as Jack Glenn / Jason Glenn
  • 1971 – Brian’s Song as Brian Piccolo
  • 1969 – Get Smart as Rupert of Rathskeller (uncredited)
  • 1964 – Combat! as German sergeant

James Caan Net Worth

James has an estimated net worth of $20 million.

James Caan Godfather

In 1972 Coppola cast James as the short-tempered Sonny Corleone in The Godfather.  Caan was originally,cast as Michael Corleone (Sonny’s youngest brother); both Coppola and Caan demanded that this role be played by Al Pacino, so Caan could play Sonny instead. Another person who was considered to play Sonny was Robert DeNiro. Despite that another actor, Carmine Caridi, was already signed to play Sonny,  the studio insisted on having Caan, so he remained in the production.

In 1971 during production of The Godfather, James was known to hang out with Carmine Persico, aka “The Snake”, a notorious mafioso and later head of the Colombo crime family.  James briefly was mistook by Government agents briefly as an aspiring mobster, since he was relatively unknown at the time.

James Caan Elf

Elf is a comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum.  The film stars James Caan alongside Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Daniel Tay, Ed Asner, and Bob Newhart. Ferrell plays one of Santa’s elves, who learns he is adopted and goes to New York City to meet his biological father (Caan).

James Caan Misery

Misery is psychological horror thriller film directed by Rob Reiner. It is based on Stephen King’s 1987 novel of the same name It stars James Caan alongside Kathy Bates, Lauren Bacall, Richard Farnsworth, and Frances Sternhagen about a psychotic fan who holds an author captive and forces him to write her stories.

James Caan El Dorado | John Wayne James Caan

Hawks liked Caan and cast him in his next film, El Dorado, playing Alan Bourdillion Traherne, a.k.a. Mississippi, in support of John Wayne and Robert Mitchum.

Thief James Caan

In 1979 James appeared in the neo-noir movie Thief (1981). The movie was directed by Michael Mann. He played a professional safe cracker. Despite that the film was not successful at the time, Caan’s performance was widely lauded and the movie has acquired something of a cult following.  James always praised Mann’s script and direction and has often said that, next to The Godfather, Thief is the movie of which he is proudest.

James Caan Rollerball

Rollerball is a science fiction sports film directed and produced by Norman Jewison. It stars James Caan alongside John Houseman, Maud Adams, John Beck, Moses Gunn and Ralph Richardson. William Harrison is the witter of screenplay he adapted his own short story, “Roller Ball Murder”, which had first appeared in the September 1973 issue of Esquire.

James Caan Robert Duvall

James Caan and Robert Duvall  starred in a film known as The Killer Elite ( 1975) . This is an action thriller film which is directed by Sam Peckinpah.

Is James Caan Still Alive

James is still alive.

The Gambler James Caan

James  alongside Paul Sorvino and Lauren Hutton they starred a film known as The Gambler(1974).  This is a mystery drama film written by James Toback and directed by Karel Reisz . His performance was widely lauded and was nominated for a Golden Globe.

James Caan Vegas

James auditioned for and won the role of Montecito Hotel/Casino president “Big Ed” Deline in Las Vegas in 2003.

James announced on February 27, 2007 that he would not return to the show for its fifth season to return to film work; he was replaced by Tom Selleck.

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