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James Caan, Oscar nominee for 'The Godfather,' dies at 82

James Caan, Oscar nominee for 'The Godfather,' dies at 82

James Caan, the curly-haired durable guy known to movie fans while the hotheaded Sonny Corleone of "The Godfather" accompanied by every one one other accompanied by to television audiences while both the dying football player inside the classic weeper "Brian's Song" accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the casino boss inside "Las Vegas," has died. He was 82.

His administrative Matt DelPiano said he died Wednesday. No spring was specified accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Caan's family, who requests privacy, said that no indeed indeed further details would exist released at this time.

Al Pacino wrote inside an emailed statement that, "Jimmy was my fictional male sibling casual broBritish casual bruvver accompanied by every one one other accompanied by my lifelong friend. It's firm to exist convinced by that he won't exist inside the world anymore since he was so living accompanied by every one one other accompanied by daring. A great actor, a gifted director accompanied by every one one other accompanied by my dear friend. I'm gonna fail to hit him."

Robert De Niro excessively wrote that he was, "very extremely sad to hear concerning Jimmy's passing."

Many of his collaborators excessively wrote condolences on Twitter on Thursday.

Adam Sandler, who acted accompanied by him inside "Bulletproof" accompanied by every one one other accompanied by "That's My Boy" tweeted that he, "Loved him extremely much. Always wanted to exist exist fond of him. So contented I got to know him. Never at some hour dated stopped laughing when I was around that man. His movies were finest of the best."

A football player at Michigan State University accompanied by every one one other accompanied by a practical joker on manufacture sets, Caan was a grinning, handsome performer accompanied by an athlete's swagger accompanied by every one one other accompanied by muscular build. He managed a lengthy career inside malice of medicine problems, outbursts of temper accompanied by every one one other accompanied by slight brushes accompanied by the law.

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Caan had been a favorite of Francis Ford Coppola since the 1960s, when Coppola cast him for the lead inside "Rain People." He was primed for a featured small portion inside "The Godfather" while Sonny, the No. 1 enforcer accompanied by every one one other accompanied by eldest son of Mafia boss Vito Corleone.

Sonny Corleone, a brutal accompanied by every one one other accompanied by reckless male who conducted numerous killings, met his own extremity inside one of the most jarring movie scenes inside history. Racing to find his sister's husband, Corleone stops at a toll booth that he discovers is unnervingly empty of customers. Before he tin obtain away he is gash down by a seemingly endless fusillade of machine-gun fire. For decades after, he on one instance said, strangers would approach him on the highway accompanied by every one one other accompanied by jokingly warn him to carry on accompanied by to exist understandable of toll roads.

Caan bonded accompanied by Brando, Robert Duvall accompanied by every one one other accompanied by other cast members accompanied by every one one other accompanied by made it a point to obtain everyone laughing all over an or else tense production, occasionally dropping his underpants accompanied by every one one other accompanied by "mooning" a fellow performer or sailors member. Despite Coppola's fears he had made a flop, the 1972 release was an enormous critical accompanied by every one one other accompanied by commercial favourable consequence accompanied by every one one other accompanied by brought supporting performer Oscar nominations for Caan, Duvall accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Al Pacino.

Caan was by that hour dated a celestial body on television, breaking into with every one other accompanied by not here of inside the 1971 TV movie "Brian's Song," an emotional drama concerning Chicago Bears running spine Brian Piccolo, who had died of cancer the year earlier to at number of years 26. It was among the most well liked accompanied by every one one other accompanied by wrenching TV movies inside history accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Caan accompanied by every one one other accompanied by co-star Billy Dee Williams, who played Piccolo's teammate accompanied by every one one other accompanied by finest friend Gale Sayers, were nominated for finest performer Emmys.

After "Brian's Song" accompanied by every one one other accompanied by "The Godfather," he was one of Hollywood's busiest actors, appearing inside "Hide inside Plain Sight" (which he excessively directed), "Funny Lady" (opposite Barbra Streisand), "The Killer Elite" accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Neil Simon's "Chapter Two," among others. He excessively made a brief appearance inside a flashback succession inside "The Godfather, Part II."

But by the early 1980s he began to acid on films, though Michael Mann's 1981 neo-noir heist film "Thief," inside which he played a professional safecracker looking for a way out, is among his most admired films.

"The pleasure of it was taken away," he told an interviewer inside 1981. "I've done pictures where I'd by preference do time. I fair walked not here of a painting at Paramount. I said you haven't got sufficient money to build me go to labour every one one day accompanied by a director I don't like."

He had begun to strive accompanied by medicine use accompanied by every one one other accompanied by was devastated by the 1981 leukemia demise of his sister, Barbara, who until at that hour dated had been a guiding ability inside his career. For a a large amount of of the 1980s he made no indeed indeed films, telling people he preferred to bus his son Scott's Little League games. Scott Caan excessively grew up to exist an actor.

Short on cash, Caan was hired by Coppola for the leading small portion inside the 1987 film "Gardens of Stone." The movie, concerning actuality at Arlington National Cemetery, proved excessively grim for most audiences, nevertheless it renewed Caan's acting career.

He returned to full-fledged stardom facing Kathy Bates inside "Misery" inside 1990. In the film, based on Stephen King's novel, Caan is an author taken captive by an obsessed air cooler who breaks his ankles to retain him from leaving. Bates won an Oscar for the role.

Once on one instance additional inside demand, Caan starred inside "For the Boys" accompanied by Bette Midler inside 1991 while small part of a song-and-dance team entertaining U.S. soldiers all over World War II accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the Korean accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Vietnam wars. The following year he played a tongue-in-cheek report of Sonny Corleone inside the comedy "Honeymoon inside Vegas," tricking Nicolas Cage into betting his girlfriend, Sarah Jessica Parker, inside a high-stakes poker game so he tin spirit her away accompanied by every one one other accompanied by try to prevail on her to marry him.

Other subsequent films included "Flesh accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Bone," "Bottle Rocket" accompanied by every one one other accompanied by "Mickey Blue Eyes." He introduced himself to a new number of years playing Walter, the workaholic, stone-faced father of Buddy's Will Ferrell inside "Elf."

Caan didn't lay clasp of a starring small portion inside a TV series until 2003 nevertheless his earliest effort, "Las Vegas," was an immediate hit. When the series debuted, he was a casino surveillance leader dealing accompanied by cheaters accompanied by every one one other accompanied by competitors of the fictional Montecito Resort accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Casino.

His personality rose to become boss of the Montecito nevertheless remained the durable guy who had learned judo inside an undercover dividing of the U.S. government. Caan left-hand the show all over the fourth hour dated accompanied by every one one other accompanied by it was subsequent canceled.

Born March 26, 1939, inside New York City, Caan was the son of a kosher thew wholesaler. He was a celestial body sportswoman accompanied by every one one other accompanied by class president at Rhodes High School and, following attending Michigan State accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Hofstra University, he studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater under Sanford Meisner.

Following a brief phase career, he moved to Hollywood. He made his movie debut inside a brief uncredited small portion inside 1963 inside Billy Wilder's "Irma La Douce," at that hour dated landed a small portion while young thug who terrorizes Olivia de Havilland inside "Lady inside a Cage." He excessively appeared facing John Wayne accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Robert Mitchum inside the 1966 Western "El Dorado" accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Harrison Ford inside the 1968 Western "Journey to Shiloh."

Married accompanied by every one one other accompanied by divorced quartet times, Caan had a daughter, Tara, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by sons Scott, Alexander, James accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Jacob.

James Caan, Oscar nominee for 'The Godfather,' dies at 82

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