James Caan Oscar-nominated actor of The ‘Godfather’ dies at 82

James Caan, Oscar-nominated actor television personality known for his work in such films as “The Godfather,” “Misery” and “Elf,” has died on July 6, 2022 at the age of 82, his family announced in a statement on his verified Twitter account.

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

They did not disclose the cause of death.

James Caan

James Caan was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the hot-tempered Corleone in 1972’s The Godfather. He repeat the role in flashback scenes for 2nd time in The Godfather: Part II in 1974. James Caan’s other nominations included four Golden Globes and an Emmy Award.

James Caan
James Caan

Famous Actor Al Pacino, who played role of Sonny Corleone’s brother Michael in the movie The Godfather, praised James Caan as “a great actor, a brilliant director and my dear friend.”

Pacino added in a statement “It’s hard to believe that he won’t be in the world anymore because he was so alive and daring,”.

Francis Ford Coppola, who directed Caan in The Godfather and 1969 movie The Rain People, said Caan’s films “and the many great roles he played will never be forgotten.”

James Caan

Francis Ford Coppola, director of the famous movie The Godfather and 1969 movie The Rain People, said James Caan’s films “and the many great roles he played will never be forgotten.”

The showbiz career of James Caan spanned six decades and included a broad range of other roles in movies such as psychological thriller, Misery , and comedy Elf. Last year, Caan also starred in romantic comedy Queen Bees opposite Ellen Burstyn.

James Caan was born in March 26, 1940 in New York, United States to German Jewish immigrants. His father was a butcher by profession. Caan played football at Michigan State and later began studying acting as a student at Hofstra University, where one of his classmates was “Godfather” director Francis Ford Coppola.

After appearing in a few plays on and off-Broadway, James Caan moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960s to start a film career. Coppola gave him one of his first roles, as a drifter in the 1969 drama “The Rain People.”

James Caan’s other famous and memorable movies Howard Hawks Western “El Dorado,” James Toback’s “The Gambler” and “A Bridge Too Far” (1977), Richard Attenborough’s ensemble World War II epic.

Fans and entertainers in Hollywood and around the world paid tribute to Caan on Thursday.

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