For his role as a mafia family’s eldest son in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 classic “The Godfather,” Caan was nominated for an Academy Award. A tweet from Caan’s family read: “It is with great regret that we notify you of Jimmy’s death on the evening of July 6.”
In “The Godfather,” James Caan played sad and hot-tempered mobster heir Sonny Corleone. His management announced his death on Thursday at the age of 82.
For his role as a mafia family’s eldest son in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 classic “The Godfather,” Caan was nominated for an Academy Award.
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On July 6, Caan’s family tweeted, “It is with great regret that we notify you of the loss of Jimmy on the evening of July 6.”
AFP was able to corroborate the rumor with Caan’s management.
“Jimmy was a legend in his own right. One of the most outstanding performers our industry has ever seen, he was also amusing, loyal, compassionate, and adored by those of us who worked with him, “Matt DelPiano penned the article.
“Our friendship was always more important than our business dealings.”
James Caan began his acting career in Hollywood in the 1960s, appearing in films by renowned filmmakers such as Billy Wilder (“Irma La Douce”), Howard Hawks (“El Dorado”), and Francis Ford Coppola (“The Godfather II”) (“The Rain People.”)
“Brian’s Song,” a 1970 American football drama in which he portrayed the dying gridiron great Brian Piccolo, was his breakout television performance.
As Sonny Corleone his role in “The Godfather” established him as a renowned cinema actor, with his death in a shower of gunshots at the toll booth being one of its iconic sequences.
Marlon Brando won the best actor for his role in “The Godfather,” which was briefly the most earning film of all time.
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Along with Al Pacino and Robert Duvall, Caan was nominated for a Golden Globe for best-supporting actor.
In “The Godfather Part II,” he made a brief cameo appearance to reprise his part.
Questioned in 2010 about whether or not he ever gets bored of discussing “To which James Caan retorted, “No. It’s a blessing from God.”
It’s nice to be remembered, he said. “It’s nice to be remembered, unlike performers who hide or don’t like to give autographs or be recognized.”
James Caan – Tweets:
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Jimmy 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.
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— James Caan (@James_Caan) July 7, 2022
Aside from making light of the fact that “The Godfather’s” sequel was in the works, the actor also quipped that he “would have refused to die.”
‘This concludes the tweet,’ reads the status update.
Among his later notable performances were that of a violent athlete in Norman Jewison’s dystopian 1975 film “Rollerball,” a diamond thief in Michael Mann’s “Thief,” and a kidnapped author in Rob Reiner’s “Misery” (1990).
Reiner wrote, “Sorry to hear this,” expressing his sorrow.
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“He was a joy to work with. One and the only Jew I know that could calf rope like the pros. The entire family is in my thoughts and prayers.”
James Caan’s actual life sometimes seems to merge with his most memorable portrayals.
Convicted narcotics trafficker Ronald Lorenzo, a purported member of New York’s Bonanno criminal syndicate, testified in Caan’s character witness trial in 1992. Lorenzo was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
Lorenzo was referred to as Caan’s “best buddy” by Caan throughout the trial.
While James Caan was staying at a Los Angeles residence the following year, a buddy fell eight stories while trying to get there, and police questioned the actor.
While arguing over a vandalized car in 1994, Caan brandished a semi-automatic weapon and was taken into custody.
“Elf” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” were two of Caan’s more recent roles, in which he played Will Ferrell’s father and voiced an animated cartoon character.
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Likewise, James Caan’s publicist acknowledged his demise but refused to provide any other information, such as the reason for his death, to the press.
James Caan had five children from his four marriages.
To honor Caan’s memory, his family used the phrase “End of tweet” at the end of each tweet.