‘The Godfather’ actor James Caan dies at 82

James Caan, the actor known for his roles in The GodfatherElf, and others, has passed away at the age of 82, Fox News reports

Caan’s family announced Caan’s passing on Twitter Thursday, writing:

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.

The family ended the post with “End of Tweet,” using Caan’s own catchphrase.

The family, thus far, has not provided any information about the cause of Caan’s death.

Remembering Caan

Caan came from the Bronx. He was the son of a butcher. And, it was a football player, not an actor, that he inspired to be.

This changed, though, while he was attending Hofstra University. After joining the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, Caan fell in love with acting, and the rest, as they say, was history.

Caan’s acting career took off during the 1960s. In the early 60s, he found himself on Broadway, by the mid-60s, he had his first leading role (in Red Line 7000), and, by the late 60s, he had a role in The Godfather, which is likely the role for which he is most well known.

In The Godfather, Caan played Santino “Sonny” Corleone, the older brother of Michael, who was played by Al Pacino. Caan earned an Oscar nomination for the role.

More recently, Caan is known for starring alongside Will Ferrell in Elf. 


Following the news of Caan’s passing, a number of his fellow actors – including fellow Godfather star Al Pacino and fellow Elf star Will Ferrell – took to social media to pay tribute to him.

“I will always treasure my time spent on and off camera with James Caan,” Ferrell said. “He always had great stories and advice. Without him, a movie like Elf doesn’t work.”

“Jimmy was my fictional brother and my lifelong friend,” Pacino said. “It’s hard to believe that he won’t be in the world anymore because he was so alive and daring. A great actor, a brilliant director, and my dear friend. I’m gonna miss him.”

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