Veteran Actor James Caan Dies

Goodbye To A Hollywood Original

Yesterday the very sad news reached us that James Caan, Oscar nominee and star with a long and impressive career, has just died at the age of 82…

Caan began his career appearing in films like Howard Hawks’ El Dorado (1966), Robert Altman’s Countdown (1967) and Francis Ford Coppola’s The Rain People (1969). But it was as Sonny Corleone in Coppola’s acclaimed The Godfather (1972) that really brought him to people’s attention. This was a performance which earned him Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor and he reprised the role in The Godfather Part II (1974).

The actor starred in the 1971 TV movie Brian’s Song, for which he received a Best Actor Emmy nomination, followed by significant roles in feature films such as Cinderella Liberty (1973), The Gambler (1974), Funny Lady and Rollerball (both 1975), A Bridge Too Far (1977) and Alan J. Pakula’s Comes a Horseman (1978). His work since the 1980s was sporadic however, with notable performances that included Thief (1981), Gardens of Stone (1987), Misery(1990), Dick Tracy (1990), Bottle Rocket (1996), The Yards (2000), Dogville (2003) and Elf (2003). It was Misery back in 1990 that showed his range as an actor.

He also appeared in TV show Las Vegas from 2003 to 2007 as former CIA boss turned Montecito Hotel/Casino president “Big Ed” Deline.

Caan worked with many of the finest directors working in Hollywood but he will always be remembered as Don Corleone’s hotheaded son Sonny. He was a face of 1970s cinema with a truly cool screen presence  and his passing is a sad one.

Tripwire sends its condolences to his friends and family.

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