Celebrity James Caan With Iconic Performance in The Godfather has died at 82

Celebrity Actor James Edmund Caan was an athletic Bronx, New York child who was the son of German-Jewish immigrant. When he grew up as an actor, he played tough movie guys, in roles as  sailors, football players, and gangsters  Caan was one of the most recognizable screen actors of his era. He was truly a great actor and will be deeply missed.

Caan is best known for his explosive performances as Sonny Corleone in The Godfather and as a dying professional football player in the made-for-TV film Brian’s Song (for which he received Oscar and Emmy nominations, respectively). In Misery, he played a famous author who was kidnapped by Kathy Bates. He was a heartbroken Vietnam vet guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Gardens of Stone. As a failing children’s book publisher in Elf, he played against type.

Photo: Paramount Pictures

“There are pictures I made that I still haven’t seen,” James Caan told The New York Times in 1991. “I was depressed when I was making them. In the middle of some of these pictures, I kept thinking, ‘What am I doing here?’ It’s like you’re in a hallway and you can’t get out.”

In the film, Misery he spent much of the 1990 movie tied to a bed. Caan portrayed much emotion in this film. . His talents were broad, as he performed in song-and-dance films ,Funny Lady and For The Boys. He also played in more dark and serious projects like Dogville by Danish auteur Lars von Trier.

Caan worked steadily up until the end of his life, playing grandparents, colonels and inevitably, himself, in animated appearances on Family Guy and The Simpsons.

R.I.P. James Caan

(Photo Credit Denis Makarenko )

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