James Caan

Actor, Director, Bouncer
Despite an up-and-down career that was mired by excess and irrational behavior, actor James Caan was a gifted performer who was as capable of pulling heart strings as he was of breaking someone's kneecaps. Caan emerged ... Read more »
Born: 03/26/1940 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (108)

Altman 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Back In The Game 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Barry Minkow 2014 (Movie)

Agent Paul Sadler (Actor)

Blood Ties 2014 (Movie)

Leon (Actor)

The Outsider 2014 (Movie)

Schuuster (Actor)

A Fighting Man 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 2013 (Movie)

Tim Lockwood (Voice)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004, 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Small Apartments 2013 (Movie)

Mr. Allspice (Actor)

Detachment 2012 (Movie)

Mr. Charles Seabolt (Actor)

For the Love of Money 2012 (Movie)

Mickey (Actor)

That's My Boy 2012 (Movie)

Father McNally (Actor)

The Godfather Legacy 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Henry's Crime 2011 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

His Way 2010 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Mercy 2010 (Movie)

Gerry (Actor)

Middle Men 2010 (Movie)

Jerry Haggerty (Actor)

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Tim Lockwood (Actor)

New York, I Love You 2009 (Movie)

Mr. Riccoli (Actor)

Get Smart 2008 (Movie)

The President (Actor)

Las Vegas 2003 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Newsradio 1996 - 1997, 2003 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Al Pacino: An American Cinematheque Tribute 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Bullets Over Hollywood 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Dogville 2004 (Movie)

The Big Man (Actor)

E! Entertainer of the Year 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Willie Nelson & Friends: Outlaws And Angels 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

City of Ghosts 2003 (Movie)

Marvin (Actor)

Elf 2003 (Movie)

Walter (Actor)

This Thing of Ours 2003 (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

Dogville Confessions 2002 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Jericho Mansions 2002 (Movie)

Leonard Grey (Actor)

Night at the Golden Eagle 2002 (Movie)

Warden (Actor)

James Caan: Making a Scene 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Shadows 2000 (Movie)

Lance Huston (Actor)

The Way of the Gun 2000 (Movie)

Joe Sarno (Actor)

The Yards 2000 (Movie)

Frank Olchin (Actor)

Viva Las Nowhere 2000 (Movie)

Roy Baker (Actor)

Luckytown 1999 (Movie)

Charlie Doyles (Actor)

Mickey Blue Eyes 1999 (Movie)

Frank Vitale (Actor)

This Is My Father 1999 (Movie)

Kieran Johnson (Actor)

A Boy Called Hate 1996 (Movie)

Jim (Actor)

Bottle Rocket 1996 (Movie)

Mr Henry (Actor)

Bulletproof 1996 (Movie)

Colton (Actor)

Eraser 1996 (Movie)

Deguerin (Actor)

Howard Hawks: American Artist 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

North Star 1996 (Movie)

Sean McLennon (Actor)

Flesh and Bone 1993 (Movie)

Roy Sweeney (Actor)

The Program 1993 (Movie)

Coach Sam Winters (Actor)

Honeymoon in Vegas 1992 (Movie)

Tommy Korman (Actor)

Naked Hollywood 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

For the Boys 1991 (Movie)

Eddie Sparks (Actor)

The Dark Backward 1991 (Movie)

Dr Scurvy (Actor)

Dick Tracy 1990 (Movie)

Spaldoni (Actor)

Misery 1990 (Movie)

Paul Sheldon (Actor)

All-Star Tribute to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Kenny Rogers Classic Weekend 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Alien Nation 1988 (Movie)

Matthew Sykes (Actor)

Gardens of Stone 1987 (Movie)

Clell Hazard (Actor)

Les Uns et les autres 1984 (Movie)

Glenn Jr (Actor)

Kiss Me Goodbye 1982 (Movie)

Jolly (Actor)

Thief 1981 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Hide in Plain Sight 1980 (Movie)

Thomas Hacklin Jr (Actor)

Chapter Two 1979 (Movie)

George Schneider (Actor)

Playboy's 25th Anniversary Celebration 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Comes a Horseman 1978 (Movie)

Frank Athearn (Actor)

Little Moon & Jud McGraw 1977 (Movie)

Jud McGraw (Actor)

A Bridge Too Far 1976 (Movie)

Staff Sergeant Eddie Dohun (Actor)

Another Man, Another Chance 1976 (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

Celebration: The American Spirit 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Harry and Walter Go to New York 1976 (Movie)

Harry Dighby (Actor)

Rickles 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Silent Movie 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

Funny Lady 1975 (Movie)

Billy Rose (Actor)

Rollerball 1975 (Movie)

Jonathan E (Actor)

Freebie and the Bean 1974 (Movie)

Freebie (Actor)

The Godfather, Part II 1974 (Movie)

Sonny Corleone (Actor)

The Killer Elite 1974 (Movie)

Mike Locken (Actor)

Cinderella Liberty 1973 (Movie)

John Baggs, Jr. (Actor)

Slither 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Gambler 1973 (Movie)

Alex Freed (Actor)

Brian's Song 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Godfather 1972 (Movie)

Sonny (Actor)

Rabbit, Run 1970 (Movie)

Rabbit (Actor)

T. R. Baskin 1970 (Movie)

Larry Moore (Actor)

Submarine X-1 1969 (Movie)

Lieutenant Commander John Bolton (Actor)

The Rain People 1969 (Movie)

"Killer" Kilgannon (Actor)

Countdown 1968 (Movie)

Lee (Actor)

Journey to Shiloh 1968 (Movie)

Buck Burnett (Actor)

Games 1967 (Movie)

Paul Montgomery (Actor)

El Dorado 1966 (Movie)

Alan Bourdillon Traherne--Mississippi (Actor)

Red Line 7000 1965 (Movie)

Mike Marsh (Actor)

Lady in a Cage 1964 (Movie)

Randall (Actor)

The Glory Guys 1964 (Movie)

Dugan (Actor)

A Glimpse of Hell (TV Show)

Actor

Blood Crime (TV Show)

Actor

Brando (TV Show)

Actor

Poodle Springs (TV Show)

Actor

The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie (TV Show)

Actor

The Lathe of Heaven (TV Show)

Actor

Warden of Red Rock (TV Show)

Actor

Wisegal (TV Show)

Actor

Wuthering High School (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

City of Ghosts 2003 (Movie)

("Bong Srilang") (Song Performer)

Mickey Blue Eyes 1999 (Movie)

song perfomer("You're Nobody Til Somebody Loves You") (Song Performer)
Director (1)

Hide in Plain Sight 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Despite an up-and-down career that was mired by excess and irrational behavior, actor James Caan was a gifted performer who was as capable of pulling heart strings as he was of breaking someone's kneecaps. Caan emerged from the cauldron of New York City's thriving acting scene in the 1950s to become a noted player on the stage and on television. Though he graduated to films soon after his salad days in New York after swearing off television for the next several years, he had his first big breakthrough on the small screen, playing dying football player Brian Piccolo in "Brian's Song" (ABC, 1971). His performance in what was considered to be one of the best television movies ever made earned Caan considerable acclaim, as well as an Emmy Award nomination. But the following year put Caan on the map permanently, with his energetic portrayal of the hot-headed Sonny Corleone in "The Godfather" (1972), a role with which he was forever identified - most notably in the numerous mobster roles he played in the ensuing decades. While he had several bright spots as a leading man throughout the years, including as a television regular on "Las Vegas" (NBC, 2003-08) and as the victim of an obsessive fan in the disturbing film, "Misery" (1990), Caan settled into a niche as character actor more often than not, performing some variation of the mobster role that made him famous.

Relationships

Arthur Caan

Father
Jewish immigrant from Germany family name is said to be Dutch version of 'Kahn' or 'Cohen'

Sophie Caan

Mother
Jewish immigrant from Germany

Tara Caan

Daughter
Born Nobermber 5, 1964 mother, DeeJay Mathis

Alexander Caan

Son
Born April 10, 1991 mother, Ingrid Hajek

Jacob Caan

Son
Born Sept. 24, 1998 mother, Linda Stokes

James Caan

Son
Born Nobermber 6, 1995, mother, Linda Stokes

Scott Caan

Son
Born August 23, 1976 mother Sheila Ryan

Ronald Caan

Brother

Barbara Caan

Sister
Died of cancer in 1981

Ingrid Hajek

Wife
Married 1990 Divorced 1995

Dee Mattis

Wife
Married 1961 Divorced 1966

Leesa Rowland Actor

Companion
Together in the mid-1980s

Sheila Ryan

Wife
Married Jan. 12, 1976 Divorced Dec. 7, 1976

Linda Stokes Costume Designer

Wife
Married Oct. 7, 1995 Filed for divorce 2005, but reconciled weeks later Again filed for divorce November 2009

EDUCATION

Rhodes Rhodes Preparatory School

New York , New York

Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York
Studied acting with Wynn Handman

Michigan State University

East Lansing , Michigan
Played college football; transferred to Hofstra

Hofstra University

Hempstead , New York
Became interested in acting and left before graduating

Milestones

2012

Co-starred with Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg in "That's My Boy"

2012

Guest starred opposite his son Scott on the reboot of "Hawaii Five-0" (CBS)

2010

Cast opposite Luke Wilson in the crime film "Middle Men"

2010

Cast opposite his son Scott Caan in "Mercy"; film also written and produced by his son

2009

Voiced Flint's father in the animated feature "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs"

2008

Cast as The President in the film adaptation of "Get Smart," based on the 1960s spy parody television series

2003

Played Will Ferrell's biological father in the comedy "Elf"

2003

Cast as Big Ed Deline, the head of the surveillance team for a Vegas casino on the NBC drama "Las Vegas"; left the show's after the fourth season

2003

Appeared as The Big Man in Lars von Trier's "Dogville"

2002

Cast in lead role in the USA Network film "Hearts of Men"

2000

Portrayed a mob-connected NYC subway contractor in "The Yards"

1999

Cast as an Irish schoolteacher investigating his roots in "This Is My Father"

1999

Cast as Hugh Grant's crime boss father-in-law in the comedy "Mickey Blue Eyes"

1998

Portrayed detective Philip Marlowe in the HBO movie "Poodle Springs," adapted from Raymond Chandler's unfinished novel

1996

Played supporting role in "A Boy Called Hate"; first film opposite his son Scott Caan

1996

Appeared in Wes Anderson's debut feature "Bottle Rocket"

1993

Co-starred as Dennis Quaid's father in "Flesh and Bone"

1992

Garnered praise for his turn as a Las Vegas gambler in "Honeymoon in Vegas"

1991

Co-starred with Bette Midler in the Mark Rydell directed "For the Boys"

1990

Played Spuds Spaldoni in Warren Beatty's feature adaptation of the comic strip character "Dick Tracy"

1990

Played writer Paul Sheldon opposite Kathy Bates as the obsessive fan in the thriller "Misery," based on the novel by Stephen King

1987

Returned to films after a five-year absence in Coppola's "Gardens of Stone"

1981

Played the title role of a professional safe cracker in Michael Mann's "Thief"

1980

Made his feature directing debut with "Hide in Plain Sight"; also starred

1979

Played opposite Mason again in "Chapter Two"

1975

Played Billy Rose opposite Barbra Streisand in "Funny Lady"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor

1974

Earned praise for his leading role in "The Gambler"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor

1973

Co-starred with Marsha Mason for first time in "Cinderella Liberty"; also first film with director Mark Rydell

1972

Re-teamed with Coppola to play Sonny Corleone in "The Godfather"; garnered Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor

1970

Won acclaim as dying football player Brian Piccolo in the ABC movie "Brian's Song"; earned Emmy nomination

1968

First screen collaboration with Francis Ford Coppola, "The Rain People"

1968

Landed starring role in Robert Altman's second feature film "Countdown"

1967

Appeared in "El Dorado" with John Wayne and Robert Mitchum

1963

First film appearance, played a bit part in "Irma la Douce"

1963

Film acting debut, "Lady in a Cage"

1961

First Broadway play, "Blood, Sweat, and Stanley Poole"

1961

Made TV episodic debut on "Naked City" (ABC)

1960

Made his acting debut on the stage in "La Ronde" (billed as Jimmy Caan)

Bonus Trivia

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As a result of his portrayal of Sonny Corleone, Caan is often mistaken for being of Italian ancestry, and has even received recognition from a few Italian-American organizations. However, Caan is of German Jewish descent.

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Caan is a practicing martial artist. He has trained with Takayuki Kubota for nearly thirty years.

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