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Godfather actor James Caan dies at 82

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FILE – James Caan attends the 2016 Summer TCA “Hallmark Event” on July 27, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Caan, whose roles included “The Godfather,” “Brian’s Song” and “Misery,” died Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at age 82. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES, CA- Actor James Caan, whose career spanned six decades, died Wednesday evening at the age of 82 according to his family.

The cause of his death was not specified.

Caan was most famously known for his role as mobster Sonny Corleone in 1972’s The Godfather which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

He later went on to star in other films such as A Bridge Too Far, Misery, and as the father to Will Ferrell’s Buddy Hobbs in the 2003 Christmas comedy, Elf.

Caan also starred as football player Brian Piccolo in the 1971 TV movie Brian’s Song for which he received an Emmy nomination.

Born in the Bronx in 1940 to Jewish immigrants from Germany, James Caan began his career with television roles in the early 60s with his first major film role coming in 1969 when he played Jimmy “Killer” Kilgannon in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Rain People.

His last film role was in 2021’s Queen Bees which also featured Ellen Burstyn, Christopher Lloyd and Jane Curtain.

He leaves behind five children including actor Scott Caan.