‘Godfather’ and ‘Elf’ star James Caan dead at 82

Actor James Caan died Wednesday at the age of 82, his family announced on social media.

Caan, 82, had starred in numerous films, including “Brian’s Song” and as the father of Buddy in the Christmas classic “Elf.”

His career

“During his time as an actor, Caan, who played football at Michigan State in the 1950s, was also well-known for playing roles in several iconic sports movies,” ESPN reported.

“Early in his career, Caan starred in “Brian’s Song,” where he played the role of Brian Piccolo, the real-life Chicago Bears halfback who died of cancer at age 26. Billy Dee Williams played the role of Piccolo’s friend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers alongside Caan,” it added.

His Godfather role

“He portrayed Sonny Corleone, the eldest son of mafia Don Vito Corleone, played by Marlon Brando, who was known as much for his fiery temper as he was for his violent, bullet-ridden death scene in the classic 1972 Francis Ford Coppola movie,” Fox News reported.

“But Caan’s work with Coppola, and in front of the camera, began years before. Caan, who died at the age of 82 Wednesday, had more than 130 acting credits on IMDb, in addition to directing, singing and a lone stunt credit for Steven Spielberg’s “1941” with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd,” it added.

His death has led to mourning and many tributes across social media following the announcement.

“We were lucky enough to work with James Caan on Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. He brought a pathos and authenticity to the role of Tim Lockwood that held the film together,” Christopher Miller wrote.

The loss of the star actor marks the end of an era that spanned nearly 70 years, leaving numerous films that have impacted many.

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