James Caan
Actor
James Caan
James E. Caan is an American actor. He is best known for his starring roles in The Godfather, Thief, Misery, A Bridge Too Far, Brian's Song, Rollerball, Kiss Me Goodbye, Elf, and El Dorado. He also starred as "Big Ed" Deline in the television series Las Vegas.
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10 Halloween Costumes Perfect For Fun-Loving Middle-Aged Couples
Huffington Post - 5 months
Halloween. The one night of the year when it’s totally acceptable to be inappropriate and downright hilarious. For midlifers, it’s your one chance to throw caution to the wind, shock your kids ― and your neighbors ― and dress up however you want. We say, go big or go home. Whether it’s nostalgia or just a little humor you prefer, we found the best costumes to rock one of our favorite holidays later this month. Middle-Aged Barbie And Midlife Crisis Ken When your costume isn’t all that far from reality...    Total Boobs I'm having an internal conflict about my parents Halloween costume pic.twitter.com/bPiGUXF4QX — (@sam_roselli1) October 22, 2015 Their kids will probably have nightmares for years to come. The Emoji Couple  My parents Halloween costumes I guarantee are better than yours pic.twitter.com/XcDr7WQnUS — Vicky B (@victoriakbrownn) October 31, 2015 Flo From Progressive And Jake From State Farm  My parents ...
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HBO serves up seven plus hours of Godfather glory like you’ve never seen it before
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Godfather fans, its time to really put your mettle to the test. A 424-minute long version of Francis Ford Coppola’s legendary crime drama series is now streaming on HBO Go and HBO Now. The re-edited cut, called The Godfather Epic,  combines The Godfather and The Godfather II with cut footage from the theatrical releases, totaling over 7 hours of Godfather action. That’s certainly plenty of time to catch up with the Corleone family, led by Vito and — later, of course — his youngest son Michael. The first film, as most will recall, details the complex tale of Vito handing over his powerful Mafia organization to his son Michael.   The Godfather II   — a rare mix of sequel and prequel — stands up to the original (against all odds), both delving into Michael’s expansion of the empire, as well as cleverly going back to the beginning to see father Vito rose from a kid in Sicily to a Mafia kingpin in New York City. The latter film, which received six Oscars, was the first sequel to win Best Pi ...
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First Nighter: Willis, Metcalf Make Stephen King's "Misery" Extremely Pleasurable
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Stage thrillers come along once in a very blue moon--and good ones in even fewer extremely blue moons. In the last several decades we've only had Dial M for Murder, Witness for the Prosecution, Write Me a Murder, Wait Until Dark, Night Watch and Deathtrap. (If there are others, they're not occurring to me.) So when they elbow their way in, we have to be glad. Which is a way of saying we have to be glad that Misery has arrived at the Broadhurst--or maybe I should say dial "M" for Misery. Audiences are going to eat it up with a soupspoon. It's William Goldman's adaptation of Stephen King's typically gory novel with liberties taken. (Always remember the Goldman wrote the 1991 screenplay, too, with some different liberties taken.) During a severe snowstorm, the successful novelist Paul Sheldon (Bruce Willis, replacing the film's James Caan) has been rescued from an automobile accident in a remote Silver Creek, Colorado spot. Luckily but only to an extent, his rescuer is Annie Wilkes ( ...
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First Nighter: Willis, Metcalf Make Stephen King's "Misery" Extremely Pleasurable
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Stage thrillers come along once in a very blue moon--and good ones in even fewer extremely blue moons. In the last several decades we've only had Dial M for Murder, Witness for the Prosecution, Write Me a Murder, Wait Until Dark, Night Watch and Deathtrap. (If there are others, they're not occurring to me.) So when they elbow their way in, we have to be glad. Which is a way of saying we have to be glad that Misery has arrived at the Broadhurst--or maybe I should say dial "M" for Misery. Audiences are going to eat it up with a soupspoon. It's William Goldman's adaptation of Stephen King's typically gory novel with liberties taken. (Always remember the Goldman wrote the 1991 screenplay, too, with some different liberties taken.) During a severe snowstorm, the successful novelist Paul Sheldon (Bruce Willis, replacing the film's James Caan) has been rescued from an automobile accident in a remote Silver Creek, Colorado spot. Luckily but only to an extent, his rescuer is Annie Wilkes ( ...
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'The Godfather' Cast Really Enjoyed Pranking Marlon Brando
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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13 Baby Names Inspired By Famous Ghosts
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Hollywood has had a long love affair with ghosts. From the silent days on, there have been genuinely scary ghosts and comic ghosts, terrifying everyone from Laurel & Hardy to Bob Hope. In screwball comedies, it was standard for dead mates to return to haunt their spouses, along with ghosts who came back in different bodies, like Joe in "Heaven Can Wait," and uber-romantic ghosts like Jamie in "Truly Madly Deeply," and of course Patrick Swayze’s Sam in "Ghost." In honor of Halloween, here’s a baker's dozen of ghosts and spirits for baby name inspiration. Casper Of course we have to start with the friendliest, most familiar, and least scary ghost of all. Casper the Friendly Ghost was created in the late 1930s for a children’s book, becoming an animated cartoon in 1945, and was still haunting away in the 21st century. Casper is the Dutch form of Jasper and was one of the three biblical Magi; he has not yet followed his cousin to popularity. Daniel Rex Ha ...
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13 Baby Names Inspired By Famous Ghosts
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Hollywood has had a long love affair with ghosts. From the silent days on, there have been genuinely scary ghosts and comic ghosts, terrifying everyone from Laurel & Hardy to Bob Hope. In screwball comedies, it was standard for dead mates to return to haunt their spouses, along with ghosts who came back in different bodies, like Joe in "Heaven Can Wait," and uber-romantic ghosts like Jamie in "Truly Madly Deeply," and of course Patrick Swayze’s Sam in "Ghost." In honor of Halloween, here’s a baker's dozen of ghosts and spirits for baby name inspiration. Casper Of course we have to start with the friendliest, most familiar, and least scary ghost of all. Casper the Friendly Ghost was created in the late 1930s for a children’s book, becoming an animated cartoon in 1945, and was still haunting away in the 21st century. Casper is the Dutch form of Jasper and was one of the three biblical Magi; he has not yet followed his cousin to popularity. Daniel Rex Harriso ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of James Caan
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 75
    On March 13, 2016, Caan appeared with his co-stars at the South by Southwest premiere of The Waiting (2016); the film was picked up for theatrical distribution by Vertical Entertainment in May of 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Caan is a practicing martial artist. He has trained with Takayuki Kubota for nearly thirty years, earning various ranks. He is a Master (Rank = 6 Dan) of Gosoku Ryu Karate and was granted the title of Soke Dai by the International Karate Association. Caan trained the Culver City Police Department in martial arts use.
  • 2014
    Age 73
    In 2014, Caan appeared in the dramatic-comedy Preggoland, playing a father who is disappointed with his daughter's lack of ambition, but who becomes overjoyed when she (falsely) announces that she is pregnant.
    More Details Hide Details The film premiered in the Special Presentations section at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival The film had its US premiere on January 28, 2015 at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Crackle premiered The Throwaways on January 30, 2015. Caan plays Lt. Col. Christopher Holden, who leads a team fighting a cyberterrorist.
  • 2013
    Age 72
    In 2013, Caan portrayed Chicago mob kingpin Sy Berman in the Starz TV drama Magic City.
    More Details Hide Details The series was not renewed for a third season, and Caan's character was apparently killed by "the Butcher" Ben Diamond, his erstwhile protege, portrayed by Danny Huston.
  • 2010
    Age 69
    As of 2010 Caan is the chairman of an Internet company, Openfilm, intended to help upcoming filmmakers.
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  • 2009
    Age 68
    Caan filed for divorce on November 20, 2009, citing irreconcilable differences.
    More Details Hide Details Caan has described his political views as "ultra conservative". In 1994 he was arrested after being accused by a Los Angeles rap artist of pulling a gun on him. According to a Fortune Magazine profile of Barry Minkow, during the production of the biopic based on the investor's life, Caan socialized with Minkow and was made aware by him that the financing of the film involved illegally obtained funds. However, nothing suggests Caan had any involvement with any illegalities. James Caan has five children and four grandchildren, three from his eldest daughter Tara and one from his son Scott.
  • 2008
    Age 67
    Caan played the President of the United States in the 2008 film Get Smart, and had a part in the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs as the voice of the father of the lead character, Flint.
    More Details Hide Details In 2012, Caan was a guest-star on the re-imagined Hawaii Five-0, playing opposite his son, Scott Caan who plays Danny "Danno" Williams.
  • 2007
    Age 66
    On February 27, 2007, Caan announced that he would not return to the show for its fifth season to return to film work; he was replaced by Tom Selleck.
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  • 2003
    Age 62
    In 2003, Caan auditioned for and won the role of Montecito Hotel/Casino president "Big Ed" Deline in Las Vegas.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1998
    Age 57
    In 1998, Caan portrayed Philip Marlowe in the HBO film Poodle Springs.
    More Details Hide Details Some of his more recent appearances have been in Mickey Blue Eyes (1999), The Way of the Gun (2000), The Yards (2000), City of Ghosts (2002), Night at the Golden Eagle (2002), Dogville (2003), and Elf (2003).
  • 1996
    Age 55
    In 1996, he appeared in Bottle Rocket, and with Arnold Schwarzenegger in Eraser, and later starred as kingpin Frank Colton in Bulletproof with Adam Sandler and Damon Wayans.
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  • 1995
    Age 54
    He married Linda Stokes on October 7, 1995, they have two sons, James Arthur Caan (born 1995) and Jacob Nicholas Caan (born 1998).
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  • 1992
    Age 51
    In 1992, Caan appeared in Honeymoon in Vegas, and in 1993, he played Coach Winters in The Program, alongside Halle Berry.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1990
    Age 49
    Caan was married to Ingrid Hajek from September 1990 to March 1994; they had a son, Alexander James Caan, born 1991.
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  • 1988
    Age 47
    In 1988 and 1990, Caan starred in the films Alien Nation, Dick Tracy, and Misery, a hit film that marked a comeback for Caan.
    More Details Hide Details Since the script for Misery called for Caan's character, Paul Sheldon, to spend most of his time lying in bed, the role was turned down by many of Hollywood's leading actors before Caan accepted.
  • 1987
    Age 46
    He returned to acting in 1987, when Coppola cast him as an army platoon sergeant for the 3rd US Infantry Regiment ("The Old Guard") in Gardens of Stone, a film that dealt with the effect of the Vietnam War on the United States homefront.
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  • 1982
    Age 41
    From 1982 to 1987, Caan suffered from depression over his sister's death from leukemia, a growing problem with cocaine, and what he described as "Hollywood burnout," and did not act in any films.
    More Details Hide Details In a 1991 interview, Caan claimed that making the 1982 film Kiss Me Goodbye was another factor in this self-imposed exile. Caan called it one of the worst experiences of his life and professed that director Robert Mulligan was the most incompetent filmmaker he had ever worked with. He walked off the set of The Holcroft Covenant and was replaced by Michael Caine. Caan devoted much of his time during these years to coaching children's sports.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1977
    Age 36
    In 1977, Caan rated several of his movies out of ten – The Godfather (10), Freebie and the Bean (4), Cinderella Liberty (8), The Gambler (8), Funny Lady (9), Rollerball (8), The Killer Elite (5), Harry and Walter Go to New York, Slither (4), A Bridge Too Far (7), Another Man Another Chance (10) and Kiss Me Goodbye.
    More Details Hide Details He also liked his performances in The Rain People and Thief.
  • 1976
    Age 35
    Caan's second marriage to Sheila Marie Ryan (a former girlfriend of Elvis Presley) in 1976 was short-lived; they divorced the following year.
    More Details Hide Details Their son, Scott Caan, who also is an actor, was born August 23, 1976.
  • 1971
    Age 30
    From 1971-82, Caan appeared in many films, playing a wide variety of roles.
    More Details Hide Details His films included T.R. Baskin, Cinderella Liberty, Freebie and the Bean, The Godfather Part II, Rollerball, a musical turn in Funny Lady, Harry and Walter Go to New York, A Bridge Too Far, Comes A Horseman, and Neil Simon's autobiographical Chapter Two. In 1980, Caan directed Hide in Plain Sight, a film about a father searching for his children, who were lost in the Witness Protection Program. Despite critical praise, the film was not a hit with the public. The following year, Caan appeared in the neo-noir movie Thief, directed by Michael Mann, in which he played a professional safe cracker. Although the film was not successful at the time, Caan's performance was widely lauded and the movie has acquired something of a cult following. Caan always praised Mann's script and direction and has often said that next to The Godfather, Thief is the movie of which he is proudest.
    In 1971, Caan won more acclaim, as dying football player Brian Piccolo, opposite Billy Dee Williams, in the television movie Brian's Song, which was later released theatrically.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, Coppola cast him as the short-tempered Sonny Corleone in The Godfather. Originally, Caan was cast as Michael Corleone (Sonny's youngest brother); both Coppola and Caan demanded that this role be played by Al Pacino, so Caan could play Sonny instead. Although another actor was already signed to play Sonny, the studio insisted on having Caan, so he remained in the production. Caan was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the film, competing with co-stars Robert Duvall and Pacino. Caan was closely identified with the role for years afterward: "They called me a wiseguy. I won Italian of the Year twice in New York, and I'm not Italian. I was denied in a country club once. Oh yeah, the guy sat in front of the board, and he says, 'No, no, he's a wiseguy, been downtown. He's a made guy.' I thought, What? Are you out of your mind?"
  • TWENTIES
  • 1969
    Age 28
    In 1969, he had an uncredited role as "Rupert of Rathskeller" on the spy sitcom Get Smart.
    More Details Hide Details That same year he won praise for his role as a brain-damaged football player in The Rain People (1969) directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
  • 1968
    Age 27
    He had a starring role in Robert Altman's second feature film, Countdown, in 1968.
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  • 1966
    Age 25
    In 1966, Caan appeared as Alan Bourdillion Traherne, aka Mississippi, in El Dorado, with John Wayne and Robert Mitchum.
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  • 1965
    Age 24
    In 1965, he landed his first starring role, in Howard Hawks' auto-racing drama Red Line 7000.
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  • 1964
    Age 23
    His first substantial film role was as a punk hoodlum in the 1964 thriller Lady in a Cage, which starred Olivia de Havilland.
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    In 1964, he starred as Jewish athlete Jeff Brubaker in the episode "My Son, the All-American" of Channing, a drama about college life.
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  • 1961
    Age 20
    Caan has been married four times. In 1961, he married Dee Jay Mathis; they divorced in 1966.
    More Details Hide Details They had a daughter, Tara (born 1964).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1940
    Born
    Caan was born on March 26, 1940 in the Bronx, New York, the son of Sophie (née Falkenstein) and Arthur Caan, Jewish immigrants from Germany.
    More Details Hide Details His father was a meat dealer and butcher. One of three siblings, Caan grew up in Sunnyside, Queens, New York City. He was educated in New York City, and later attended Michigan State University. He later transferred to Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, but did not graduate. His classmates at Hofstra included Lainie Kazan and Francis Ford Coppola. While studying at Hofstra University, however, he became intrigued by acting and was interviewed for, accepted to, and graduated from, New York City's Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, where he studied for five years; one of his instructors was Sanford Meisner. Caan began appearing off-Broadway before making his Broadway debut in Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole. He appeared in such television series as The Untouchables, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Kraft Suspense Theatre, Combat! Ben Casey, Dr. Kildare, The Wide Country, Alcoa Premiere, Route 66, and Naked City.
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