Billy Dee Williams, Gary Sinise and Jon Lovitz are among the Hollywood stars to pay tribute to James Caan’s life after he passed away at the age of 82.
aan, best known for his Oscar-nominated performance as Sonny Corleone in The Godfather alongside Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Diane Keaton, died Wednesday night, his family confirmed.
The veteran actor’s other notable talents include playing Chicago Bears soccer player Brian Piccolo with cancer in the sports drama series Brian’s Song, for which he earned an Emmy nomination in 1972.
Co-star Brian’s Song and Star Wars actor Williams led tributes to the actor on Thursday, sharing a photo on Twitter of Caan smiling while sitting on his lap.
He wrote: “Comrades and friends until the end. RIP Jimmy,” with a broken heart emoji.
Actor Sinise, who played lieutenant Dan Taylor in Forrest Gump, tweeted: “So sad to hear that James Caan has passed away. Heartbreaking for his family and friends.
“It was great getting to know him and calling him a friend. Jimmy is very supportive of the Gary Sinise Foundation and my work with our veterans. He will be ignored. Thank you my friend. Rest in peace. God bless you.”
Grosse Pointe Blank star John Cusack simply wrote “great actor” while Star Trek actor Robert Picardo tweeted: “RIP James Caan. An unforgettable Sonny. A great career. “
British filmmaker Edgar Wright tweeted: “To a true megawatt movie star, Mr Jimmy Caan, star not only of The Godfather, but also of Thief, Misery, Freebie And The Bean, Slither, Rollerball, Bottle Rocket, Gardens Of Stone, The Way Of The Gun, Honeymoon In Vegas, Elf and many more. “
Upon hearing of Caan’s passing, actor and comedian Lovitz tweeted: “Wow, this sucks about James Caan. I am lucky enough to work with him and be friends.
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“Always a fun guy to be around. He has always supported my career. He even made a cameo on my TV special and invited Robert Duvall to join. A bright spot in my career. May God bless James Caan.”
Meanwhile, filmmaker James Gunn said: “There are a lot of his movies that I love, the Godfather movie of course is at the top, but here are some other movies that I love (Especially, Thief is a Gunn family classic – I had posters on my wall in high school). “
American actor James Urbaniak described Caan as a “real person” in memory of the actor.
He tweeted: “James Caan swoops in flashback at the end of The Godfather Part II as one of the greatest stars of all time is revealed. You can practically hear the cheers of the audience.”
Meanwhile, actress Jennifer Tilly said the actor always had “the funniest stories”.
She added: “One time he told me Coppola had a habit of taking food out on a plate and eating it, so one day he made a sandwich with very hot jalapenos between two pieces of avocado toast and waited. outside the store no Coppola.”
Performance union and broadcaster Sag-Aftra also paid tribute to Caan.
It tweeted: “We celebrate the life and career of @James_Caan and send our condolences to his family. From Brian’s Song to The Godfather to Misery and Elf, Jimmy’s celluloid legacy lives on. “
Caan starred in the 2003 family comedy Elf, playing Will Ferrell’s on-screen biological father Walter Hobbs, as well as the psychological thriller Misery, the action film Thief, and the crime The Gambler.
Other appearances include Honeymoon In Vegas, Bulletproof, and Mickey Blue Eyes.
The actor has been married four times and has five surviving children.
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