The Godfather star James Caan dies aged 82

James Caan, who starred in The Godfather, has died aged 82, his family confirmed.

The American actor, who was nominated for an Academy Award in 1973 for his portrayal of Sonny Corleone – the hot on-screen son of Marlon Brando’s character, died on Wednesday night.

The classic 1972 crime story, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, also stars Al Pacino and Diane Keaton.

A statement on Twitter said: “We are deeply saddened as we inform you of Jimmy’s passing on the evening of July 6.

“The family appreciates the love and sincere condolences and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”

The veteran actor’s other notable credits include playing Chicago Bears football player Brian Piccolo with terminal cancer in the sports drama series Brian’s Song, which won him the award. was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in 1972.

Caan also 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.


James Caan, center, with Mark Wahlberg, left, and Joaquin Phoenix (Toby Melville/PA)

Caan was born in March 1940 in the Bronx in New York and initially pursued a career in American football before becoming interested in acting during college.

His breakout role was in The Godfather, which also earned him a nomination for best supporting actor at the Golden Globes.

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The actor has been married four times – to Dee Jay Mattis, Sheila Ryan, Ingrid Hajek and most recently to Linda Stokes.

He is survived by his five children – Tara, Scott, Alexander James, James Arthur and Jacob Nicholas Caan.

Scott followed in his father’s footsteps, appearing in Ocean’s Eleven, Gone In 60 Seconds and the Hawaii Five-0 reboot. The Godfather star James Caan dies aged 82

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