James Caan, one of Hollywood’s most adored actors, has passed away. He was known for his parts in The Godfather, Brian’s Song, Funny Lady, and other hit movies and TV episodes including Las Vegas. On July 7, the renowned actor’s family revealed on his Twitter account that the actor had passed away the day before.
The tweet reads, “It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Jimmy on the evening of July 6. The family appreciates the outpouring of love and heartfelt condolences and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.” However, there was no mention of the actor’s cause of death.
James, a Bronx native, rose to fame in his early career for his performances as Sonny Corleone in “The Godfather” and Brian Piccolo in “Brian’s Song,” for which he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and won a Golden Globe. In a 1974 uncredited appearance in “The Godfather II,” he played Sonny once more. James went on to feature in a number of critically praised movies after “The Godfather,” including “The Gambler and A Bridge Too Far.”
While The Godfather gave James his signature role, he has acted in a variety of other genres over the course of his career. He co-starred alongside Kathy Bates in the suspense film “Misery,” which is inspired by the Stephen King novel about a writer who is saved and held captive by an obsessive fan.
Later in his career, he portrayed Ed Deline, the proprietor of a renowned casino/hotel in the television series Las Vegas starring Josh Duhamel, as well as the distant father of Will Ferrell’s character Buddy in Elf. One of his most admired acting traits was his ability to perform in a variety of various genres. James was married four times; his most recent union lasted from 1995 to 2017 with Linda Stokes.
His 57-year-old daughter Tara was born to him and his first wife, Dee Jay Mathis. He had his 45-year-old son Scott with Sheila Marie Ryan, his second wife. He wed Ingrid Hajek in 1990, and the two have a son named Alexander who is now 31. James was with Linda along with his two youngest boys, James Arthur (26), and Jacob Nicolas (23). May the legend rest in peace. Our heart goes out to his family and friends.