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James Caan

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Photos James Caan Birth name: James Edmund Caan
Birth date: 1940/03/26 (82 years old)
Birth place : New-York
Height: 1.76 m

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Biography for James Caan

A masculine and enigmatic actor whose life and movie career have had more ups and downs than the average rollercoaster and whose selection of roles has arguably derailed him from achieving true superstar status, James Caan is New York born and bred (the son of a butcher). The athletically gifted Caan played football at Michigan State University while studying economics, holds a black belt in karate and for several years was even a regular on the rodeo circuit, where he was nicknamed "The Jewish Cowboy". However, while studying at Hofstra University, he became intrigued by acting and was interviewed and accepted at Sanford Meisner's Neighborhood Playhouse. He then won a scholarship to study under acting coach Wynn Handman and began to appear in several off-Broadway productions, including "I Roam" and "Mandingo".

He made his screen debut as a sailor in Irma la Douce (1963) and began to impress audiences with his work in Red Line 7000 (1965) and the western El Dorado (1966) alongside John Wayne and Robert Mitchum. Further work followed in Journey to Shiloh (1968) and in the sensitive The Rain People (1969). However, audiences were moved to tears as he put in a heart-rending performance as cancer-stricken Chicago Bears running back Brian Piccolo in the highly rated made-for-TV film Brian's Song (1971) (TV).

With these strong performances under his belt, Francis Ford Coppola then cast him as hot-tempered gangster Santino "Sonny" Corleone in the Mafia epic The Godfather (1972). The film was an enormous success, Caan scored a Best Supporting Actor nomination and, in the years since, the role has proven to be the one most fondly remembered by his legion of fans. He reprised the role for several flashback scenes in the sequel The Godfather: Part II (1974) and then moved on to several very diverse projects. These included a cop-buddy crime partnership with Alan Arkin in the uneven Freebie and the Bean (1974), a superb performance as a man playing for his life in The Gambler (1974) alongside Lauren Hutton, and pairing with Barbra Streisand in Funny Lady (1975). Two further strong lead roles came up for him in 1975, first as futuristic sports star "Jonathon E" questioning the moral fiber of a sterile society in Rollerball (1975) and teaming up with Robert Duvall in the Sam Peckinpah spy thriller The Killer Elite (1975).

Unfortunately, Caan's rising star sputtered badly at this stage of his career, and several film projects failed to find fire with either critics or audiences. These included such failures as the hokey Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976), the quasi-western Comes a Horseman (1978) and the saccharine Chapter Two (1979). However, he did score again with the stylish Michael Mann-directed heist movie Thief (1981). He followed this with a supernatural romantic comedy titled Kiss Me Goodbye (1982) and then, due to personal conflicts, dropped out of the spotlight for several years before returning with a stellar performance under old friend Francis Ford Coppola in the moving Gardens of Stone (1987).

Caan appeared back in favor with fans and critics alike and raised his visibility with the sci-fi hit Alien Nation (1988) and Dick Tracy (1990), then surprised everyone by playing a meek romance novelist held captive after a car accident by a deranged fan in the dynamic Misery (1990). The 1990s were kind to him and he notched up roles as a band leader in For the Boys (1991), another gangster in Honeymoon in Vegas (1992), appeared in the indie hit Bottle Rocket (1996) and pursued Arnold Schwarzenegger in Eraser (1996).

The demand on Caan's talents seems to have increased steadily over the past few years as he is making himself known to a new generation of fans. Recent hot onscreen roles have included The Yards (2000), City of Ghosts (2002) and Dogville (2003). In addition, he finds himself at the helm of the hit TV series "Las Vegas" (2003) as casino security chief "Big Ed" Deline. An actor of undeniably manly appeal, James Caan continues to surprise and delight audiences with his invigorating performances.


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Title Role
Tribes of October (2011) (pre-production)
Sweetwater (2009) (pre-production) Ned Irish
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) (post-production) (voice)
Middle Men (2009) (completed) Jerry Haggerty
New York, I Love You (2008) (completed) Mr. Riccoli (segment Brett Ratner)
Mercy (2009) Gerry Ryan
Get Smart (2008) The President
Wisegal (2008) (TV) Salvatore Palmeri
Las Vegas Ed Deline (88 episodes, 2003-2007)
The Godfather: Blackhand Edition (2007) (VG) (voice) Santino 'Sonny' Corleone
The Godfather: The Don's Edition (2007) (VG) (voice) Santino 'Sonny' Corleone
The Godfather: Mob Wars (2006) (VG) (voice) Santino 'Sonny' Corleone
The Godfather (2006) (VG) (voice) (also archive footage) Santino 'Sonny' Corleone
Santa's Slay (2005) (uncredited) Darren Mason
Crossing Jordan Ed Deline (1 episode, 2004)
Elf (2003) Walter
This Thing of Ours (2003) Jimmy 'the con'
The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie (2003) (TV) Mr. Harry Dewitt
Dogville (2003) The Big Man
Jericho Mansions (2003) Leonard Grey
Blood Crime (2002) (TV) Sheriff Morgan McKenna
City of Ghosts (2002) Marvin
Lathe of Heaven (2002) (TV) Dr. William Haber
Night at the Golden Eagle (2002) (uncredited) Prison Warden
Untitled Eric Gilliland Project (2002) (TV)
In the Shadows (2001) Lance Huston
Viva Las Nowhere (2001) Roy Baker
Warden of Red Rock (2001) (TV) John Flinders
A Glimpse of Hell (2001) (TV) Capt. Fred Moosally
The Way of the Gun (2000) Joe Sarno
Luckytown (2000) Charlie Doyles
The Yards (2000) Frank Olchin
Mickey Blue Eyes (1999) Frank Vitale
Poodle Springs (1998) (TV) Philip Marlowe
This Is My Father (1998/I) Kieran Johnson
Bulletproof (1996) Colton
Eraser (1996) U.S. Marshal Robert Deguerin
Bottle Rocket (1996) Mr. Henry
North Star (1996) Sean McLennon
A Boy Called Hate (1995) Jim
Flesh and Bone (1993) Roy Sweeney
The Program (1993) Sam Winters
Honeymoon in Vegas (1992) Tommy Korman
For the Boys (1991) Eddie Sparks
The Dark Backward (1991) Doctor Scurvy
Misery (1990) Paul Sheldon
Dick Tracy (1990) Spaldoni
Dad (1989)
Alien Nation (1988) Det. Sgt. Matthew Sykes
Gardens of Stone (1987) Sgt. Clell Hazard
Les uns et les autres (1983) TV mini-series Glenn Sr./Glenn Jr.
Kiss Me Goodbye (1982) Jolly Villano
Les uns et les autres (1981) Jack Glenn/Jason Glenn
Thief (1981) Frank
Hide in Plain Sight (1980) Thomas Hacklin
Chapter Two (1979) George Schneider
1941 (1979) (uncredited) Sailor in Fight
Comes a Horseman (1978) Frank 'Buck' Athearn
The Godfather: A Novel for Television Santino 'Sonny' Corleone (4 episodes, 1977)
Un autre homme, une autre chance (1977) David Williams
A Bridge Too Far (1977) SSgt. Eddie Dohun
Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976) Harry Dighby
The Killer Elite (1975) Mike Locken
Gone with the West (1975) Jud McGraw
Rollerball (1975) Jonathan E.
Funny Lady (1975) Billy Rose
Freebie and the Bean (1974) Freebie
The Godfather: Part II (1974) Sonny Corleone
The Gambler (1974) Axel Freed
Cinderella Liberty (1973) John Baggs Jr.
Slither (1973) Dick Kanipsia
The Godfather (1972) Santino 'Sonny' Corleone
Brian's Song (1971) (TV) Brian Piccolo
T.R. Baskin (1971) Larry Moore
Rabbit, Run (1970) Rabbit Angstrom
The Rain People (1969) Jimmy Kilgannon (Killer)
Get Smart Rupert of Rathskeller (2 episodes, 1969)
The F.B.I. Eugene David Holt (1 episode, 1969)
Journey to Shiloh (1968) Buck Burnett
Countdown (1968) Lee Stegler
Submarine X-1 (1968) Cmdr. Richard Bolton, RNVR
Games (1967) Paul Montgomery
El Dorado (1966) Alan Bourdillion Traherne ('Mississippi')
Red Line 7000 (1965) Mike
The Glory Guys (1965) Pvt. Anthony Dugan
Wagon Train Paul (1 episode, 1965)
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Jay Shaw / ... (1 episode, 1964)
Lady in a Cage (1964) Randall Simpson O'Connell
Channing Jeff Brubaker (1 episode, 1964)
Kraft Suspense Theatre Rick Peterson (1 episode, 1963)
Combat! Sgt. Beckman (1 episode, 1963)
Death Valley Days Bob / ... (2 episodes, 1963)
Ben Casey Dr. Keith Gregory (1 episode, 1963)
Irma la Douce (1963) (uncredited) Soldier with radio
Dr. Kildare Charley Johnson (1 episode, 1963)
The Wide Country Buddie Simpson (1 episode, 1963)
The Untouchables Keir Brannon (1 episode, 1962)
Alcoa Premiere Arch Williams (1 episode, 1962)
Route 66 Johnny (1 episode, 1961)




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