James Caan

Biography

Date of Birth 26 March 1940, The Bronx, New York, USA Birth Name James Edmund Caan Height 5' 9¼" (1.76 m) Like so many other prominent actors of the 1970s, the versatile James Caan rose to success on the strength of his riveting performance in The Godfather. Born March 26, 1939, in the Bronx, NY, Caan decided to pursue a career in acting while attending college and in 1960 was accepted by Sanford Meisner into the Neighborhood Playhouse. After making his debut off-Broadway in I Roam, he landed in the Broadway production of Mandingo but exited after just four performances because of artistic difficulties with star Franchot Tone. Caan then landed in television, where he became a busy character actor; he made his film debut in an unbilled performance in 1963's Irma La Douce, followed by a meatier role in Lady in a Cage the following year. The 1965 Howard Hawks auto-racing drama Red Line 7000 was his first starring role, followed two years later by the Hawks Western El Dorado, which cast him opposite John Wayne and Robert Mitchum; in 1968, Caan starred in Robert Altman's Countdown, and in 1969, he appeared in Francis Ford Coppola's The Rain People. Caan shot to fame thanks to a poignant performance in the 1970 television movie Brian's Song, in which he played the ill-fated Chicago Bears star Brian Piccolo; his turn as the similarly ill-fated Sonny Corleone in Coppola's 1972 masterpiece The Godfather solidified his stardom and earned him an Academy Award nomination, but his subsequent films, including 1973's Slither and the next year's Freebie and the Bean, failed to live up to expectations. After earning a Golden Globe bid for his work in 1974's The Gambler, Caan briefly appeared in 1974's The Godfather Pt. 2 before co-starring with Barbra Streisand in the hit Funny Lady, followed by Norman Jewison's futuristic parable Rollerball. When both 1975's Sam Peckinpah thriller The Killer Elite and 1976's Harry and Walter Go to New York met with failure, Caan's career took a downward turn, and apart from cameo appearances in both Mel Brooks' Silent Movie and the star-studded A Bridge Too Far, he was largely absent from screens for a time. He also made any number of ill-considered decisions; he and Coppola were unable to come to terms for Apocalypse Now, and he also rejected roles in hits including One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Superman, and Kramer vs. Kramer. By the end of the decade, Caan's career had hit the skids, as projects including the 1978 Western Comes a Horseman (co-starring Jane Fonda) and the following year's Neil Simon drama Chapter Two all failed to live up to expectations. His directorial debut in 1980's Hide in Plain Sight fared no better, although Michael Mann's thriller Thief garnered a cult following; when 1982's Kiss Me Goodbye bombed, Caan disappeared from sight for the next five years. Finally, in 1987, Caan resurfaced, starring in Coppola's war drama Gardens of Stone; the next year's science fiction picture Alien Nation was a hit, as was his next major project, Rob Reiner's 1990 feature Misery. After 1991's For the Boys failed to connect with audiences, Caan spent much of the decade in prominent supporting roles which showcased his smart, edgy persona; among the more high-profile were 1992's Honeymoon in Vegas, 1996's Eraser, and the wonderful indie hit Bottle Rocket.

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Birth Name

James Edmund Caan

Birth Place

El Bronx, Nueva York, Estados Unidos

Birth Date

3/26/1940

Death Date

7/6/2022
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Misery

Paul Sheldon

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Elf

Walter

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Tim Lockwood (voice)

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Rollerball

Jonathan E.

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Thief

Frank

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Alien Nation

Det. Sgt. Matthew Sykes

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El Dorado

Mississippi

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Honeymoon in Vegas

Tommy Korman

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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

The Bamboo Cutter (voice)

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The Program

Sam Winters

Starring In
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Fast Charlie

Stan

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Robert De Niro, l'arme du Silence

Self (archive footage)

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King on Screen

Self

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Queen Bees

Dan

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Stephen King: A Necessary Evil

Self (archive footage)

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JL Family Ranch 2

Tap Peterson

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Holy Lands

Harry

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Con Man

Agent Gamble

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Out of Blue

Col Tom Rockwell

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JL Ranch

Tap

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The Good Neighbor

Harold Grainey

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The Red Maple Leaf

Senator George Lawrence Secord

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The Throwaways

Holden

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Wuthering High School

Mr. Earnshaw

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A Fighting Man

Mike 'Brother' Albright

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The Outsider

Schuuster

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Altman

Self

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And the Oscar Goes To...

Himself (archive footage)

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What to Expect When You are not Expecting

Walter Huxley

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The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

The Bamboo Cutter (voice)

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Blood Ties

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

Tim Lockwood (voice)

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Seduced and Abandoned

Himself

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That's My Boy

Father McNally

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For the Love of Money

Micky

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Small Apartments

Mr. Allspice

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Detachment

Mr. Charles Seaboldt

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Henry's Crime

Max Saltzman

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Family Guy Presents: Something Something Something Dark Side

Himself (voice)

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Tim Lockwood (voice)

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Middle Men

Jerry Haggerty

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Mercy

Gerry

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The WWE: The Best of Saturday Night's Main Event

Tony Archer 1 episode, 2012

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Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Ativista e Rebelde

Himself

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The Godfather Supplements

Santino 'Sonny' Corleone (archive footage)

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Get Smart

The President

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Wisegal

Salvatore Palmeri

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Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project

Himself

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Santa's Slay

Darren Mason (uncredited)

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Gangland: Bullets Over Hollywood

Himself

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Willie Nelson and Friends - Outlaws & Angels

Himself

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Jericho Mansions

Leonard Grey

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Elf

Walter

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Dogville

The Big Man

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This Thing of Ours

Jimmy 'the con'

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The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie

Mr. Harry Dewitt

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City of Ghosts

Marvin

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Night At The Golden Eagle

Prison Warden (uncredited)

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Blood Crime

Sheriff Morgan McKenna

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Lathe of Heaven

Dr. William Haber

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A Glimpse of Hell

Capt. Fred Moosally

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Dead Simple

Roy Baker

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Luckytown

Charlie Doyles

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The Way of the Gun

Joe Sarno

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The Yards

Frank Olchin

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In the Shadows

Lance Huston

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Mickey Blue Eyes

Frank Vitale

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This is My Father

Kieran Johnson

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Poodle Springs

Philip Marlowe

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Bulletproof

Frank Colton

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Eraser

U.S. Marshal Robert Deguerin

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Bottle Rocket

Mr. Henry

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North Star

Sean McLennon

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The Program

Sam Winters

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Flesh and Bone

Roy Sweeney

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Honeymoon in Vegas

Tommy Korman

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For the Boys

Eddie Sparks

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The Godfather Family: A Look Inside

Himself / Sonny Corleone

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Misery

Paul Sheldon

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Dick Tracy

Spaldoni

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Alien Nation

Det. Sgt. Matthew Sykes

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Gardens of Stone

Sgt. Clell Hazard

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Kiss Me Goodbye

Jolly

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Les Uns et les Autres (Bolero)

Jack Glenn / Jason Glenn

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Thief

Frank

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1941

Sailor in Fight (uncredited)

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Chapter Two

George Schneider

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Comes a Horseman

Frank

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A Bridge Too Far

SSgt. Dohun

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Un autre homme, une autre chance

David Williams / Photographer

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Harry and Walter Go to New York

Harry Dighby

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Silent Movie

Himself

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The Killer Elite

Mike Locken

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Gone with the West

Jud McGraw

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Funny Lady

Billy Rose

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Rollerball

Jonathan E.

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The Godfather: Part II

Sonny Corleone (uncredited)

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The Gambler

Axel Freed

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Freebie and the Bean

Freebie

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Slither

Dick Kanipsia

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Cinderella Liberty

John Baggs Jr.

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The Godfather

Sonny

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Brian's Song

Brian Piccolo

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T.R. Baskin

Larry Moore

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The Rain People

Jimmy Kilgannon - Killer

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Submarine X-1

Cmdr. Richard Bolton, RNVR

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Journey to Shiloh

Buck Burnett

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Countdown

Lee Stegler

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Games

Paul Montgomery

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El Dorado

Mississippi

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The Glory Guys

Pvt. Anthony Dugan

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Lady in a Cage

Randall Simpson O'Connell

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Irma La Douce

Soldier with Radio (uncredited)

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Sicilian Vampire

Professor Bernard Issaacs

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