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James Caan in 2011

James Edmund Caan (born March 26, 1940) is an American Academy Award-, Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated American film, stage and television actor. He is best-known for his Academy Award nominated role of Santino "Sonny" Corleone in 1972's The Godfather film, as well as his on-screen portrayal late NFL running back Brian Piccolo, best friend of NFL Pro Football Hall of fame running back Gayle Sayers in the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award winning 1971 ABC-TV film Brian's Song, where he appeared opposite Billy Dee Williams. Other roles of note are as Paul Sheldon in the Academy Award 1990 black comedy apdaptation of author Stephen King's best-selling novel Misery, as athlete Jonathan E in the 1975 blockbuster science-fiction/action/drama film Rollerball and for his role as "Big Ed" Deline in the 2003-08 NBC television series Las Vegas.

Early life

Caan was born in The Bronx, New York City, the son of Sophie (née Falkenstein) and Arthur Caan, Jewish immigrants from Germany. His father was a meat dealer and butcher.[1][2] Caan had a sister, Barbara, and has a brother, Ronald.[3][4] He grew up in Sunnyside, Queens, New York City.[5] He was educated at P.S. 150 40-01 43rd Avenue School in Queens, at the private Rhodes Preparatory School, also in New York City, and then attended Michigan State University. He later transferred to Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, but did not graduate. While studying at Hofstra University, however, he became intrigued by acting and was interviewed for, accepted to, and graduated from, New York City's Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. There, one of his instructors was Sanford Meisner.

James Caan in The Thief, 1981

Personal life

Caan has been married four times. In 1960 he married Dee Jay Mathis; they divorced in 1966. They had a daughter, Tara A. Caan, born on November 5, 1964. Caan's second marriage to Sheila Ryan (a former girlfriend of Elvis Presley, in 1976 was short-lived; they divorced the following year. Their son, Scott Caan, who also is an actor, was born August 23, 1976.

Caan was married to Ingrid Hajek from September 1990 to March 1995; they had a son, Alexander James Caan, born on April 10, 1991. He married the widow of alleged murdered Aspen Drug kingpin Steven Grabow,[6] Linda Stokes in October 1996; they have two sons, James Arthur Caan (born November 6, 1995) and Jacob Nicholas Caan (born September 24, 1998). Caan filed for divorce on November 20, 2009, citing irreconcilable differences.


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Year Title Role Notes
1963 Irma la Douce Soldier with Radio UncreditedTemplate:Citation needed
1964 Lady in a Cage Randall Simpson O'Connell
1965 The Glory Guys Pvt. Anthony Dugan Nominated—Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor
1965 Red Line 7000 Mike Marsh
1967 El Dorado Alan Bourdillion "Mississippi" Traherne
1967 Countdown Lee Stegler
1967 Games Paul Montgomery
1968 Submarine X-1 Cmdr. Richard Bolton
1968 Journey to Shiloh Buck Burnett
1969 The Rain People Jimmy Kilgannon
1970 Brian's Song Brian Piccolo Television film
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or a Movie
1970 Rabbit, Run Rabbit Angstrom
1972 T.R. Baskin Larry Moore
1972 The Godfather Santino "Sonny" Corleone Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
1973 Slither Dick Kanipsia
1973 Cinderella Liberty John Baggs Jr.
1974 The Gambler Axel Freed Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1974 Freebie and the Bean Freebie
1974 The Godfather Part II Santino "Sonny" Corleone Uncredited cameo
1974 Gone with the West Jebediah Kelsey
1975 Funny Lady Billy Rose Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1975 Rollerball Jonathan E. Saturn Award for Best Actor
(tied with Don Johnson for A Boy and His Dog)
1975 The Killer Elite Mike Locken
1976 Silent Movie Himself
1976 Harry and Walter Go to New York Harry Dighby
1977 A Bridge Too Far Sgt. Eddie Dohun
1977 Another Man, Another Chance David Williams
1978 Comes a Horseman Frank "Buck" Athearn
1979 1941 Sailor in Fight UncreditedTemplate:Citation needed
1979 Chapter Two George Schneider
1980 Hide in Plain Sight Thomas Hacklin Also director
1981 Thief Frank
1981 Time Bandits Danny Foley
1982 Kiss Me Goodbye Jolly Villano
1984 Les Uns et les Autres Jack Glenn / Jason Glenn
1987 Gardens of Stone SFC Clell Hazard
1988 Alien Nation Det. Sgt. Matthew Sykes
1990 Dick Tracy Spud Spaldoni
1990 Misery Paul Sheldon Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor
1991 The Dark Backward Doctor Scurvy
1991 For the Boys Eddie Sparks
1992 Honeymoon in Vegas Tommy Korman
1993 The Program Coach Sam Winters
1993 Flesh and Bone Roy Sweeney
1995 Template:Sort Jim
1995 Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead Boyle
1996 North Star Sean McLennon
1996 Bottle Rocket Mr. Abe Henry
1996 Eraser U.S. Marshal Robert Deguerin
1996 Bulletproof Frank Colton
1997 Howard Hawks: American Artist Himself
1998 Poodle Springs Philip Marlowe
1999 This Is My Father Kieran Johnson
1999 Mickey Blue Eyes Frank Vitale
2000 The Yards Frank Olchin
2000 Luckytown Charlie Doyles
2000 The Way of the Gun Joe Sarno
2001 Viva Las Nowhere Roy Baker
2001 In the Shadows Lance Huston
2001 Night at the Golden Eagle Prison Warden UncreditedTemplate:Citation needed
2002 City of Ghosts Marvin
2003 Dogville The Big Man
2003 This Thing of Ours Jimmy "The Con"
2003 Jericho Mansions Leonard Grey
2003 Elf Walter Hobbs
2005 Santa's Slay Darren Mason UncreditedTemplate:Citation needed
2008 Wisegal Salvatore Palmeri
2008 Get Smart The President
2008 New York, I Love You Mr. Riccoli Segment: "Brett Ratner"
2009 Middle Men Jerry Haggerty
2009 Mercy Gerry Ryan
2009 Something, Something, Something, Darkside Himself (voice)
2009 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Tim Lockwood (voice)
2009 Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva Mike (voice) English dub
2010 Henry's Crime Max Saltzman
2010 Minkow Paul Vinsant
2011 Detachment Mr. Charles Seaboldt
2012 Small Apartments Mr. Allspice
2012 That's My Boy Father McNally
2013 Blood Ties Leon Pierzynski
2013 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Tim Lockwood (voice)
2013 The Tale of the Princess Kaguya The Bamboo Cutter (voice) English dub
2014 The Outsider Karl Schuster
2014 A Fighting Man Brother Albright
2014 Preggoland Walter Huxley
2015 The Throwaways Lt. Col. Christopher Holden
2015 Sicilian Vampire Professor Bernard Isaacs
2016 The Good Neighbor Harold Grainey
2016 The Red Maple Leaf George Lawrence Secord
2017 Undercover Grandpa Grandpa
2018 Out of Blue Col. Tom Rockwell
TBA Welcome to Pine Grove! Dan Simpson Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1964 Combat! German sergeant Episode: "Anatomy of a Patrol"
1969 Get Smart Rupert of Rathskeller (uncredited) 2 episodes "To Sire, with Love: Parts 1 and 2"
1996 NewsRadio James Caan / Himself Episode: "Movie Star"
2001 Warden of Red Rock John Flinders Television film
2001 A Glimpse of Hell Capt. Fred Moosally Television film
2002 Blood Crime Sheriff Morgan McKenna Television film
2003–2008 Las Vegas Ed Deline 88 episodes
2010 The Annoying Orange Jalepeño (voice) Web series
2012 Hawaii Five-0 Tony Archer Episode: "Lekio"
2013 Magic City Sy Berman 5 episodes
2013 Back in the Game Terry "The Cannon" Gannon 13 episodes
2015 Wuthering High School Mr. Earnshaw Television film
2016 JL Ranch Tap Peterson Television film


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