Celebrated actor James Caan has passed away, according to an announcement on his Twitter account. He was 82.
“It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Jimmy on the evening of July 6,” the announcement read. “The family appreciates the outpouring of love and heartfelt condolences and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time. End of tweet.”
Caan was born in Brooklyn and took to acting as a student a Hofstra University in the 1960s. He began appearing in off-Broadway plays, with his career truly taking flight in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Rain People. Interestingly, Coppola was one of Caan’s classmates at Hofstra.
He went on to star in such classics as Brian’s Song, The Godfather, Silent Movie, Misery, Elf and Get Smart, displaying versatility and remarkable longevity, appearing in six decades worth of movies overall.
A cause of death has not been revealed.
Caan’s personal life has been well-documented, as he was married four times. He was also close friends with is Colombo crime family boss Andrew Russo, the godfather to Caan’s son Scott, also an actor.
In a 1994 interview, Heidi Fleiss claimed to have been in a relationship with Caan while he was married to his third wife. Caan denied the relationship with Fleiss, who ran a large prostitution ring. Later that year, he was arrested for allegedly pulling a gun on a Los Angeles rapper.
Caan described himself politically as “ultra-conservative” and was a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump.
Among his many credits, Caan voiced Sonny Corlene in The Godfather video game that was released in 2006.