Actor James Caan dies at 82


(Los Angeles) He played one of Corleone’s sons in the mythical Godfatherand a writer kidnapped in the agonizing Misery : American actor James Caan died at 82 after a long career in which he starred for the greatest directors.

Updated yesterday at 4:20 pm

French media agency

“It is with great sadness that we inform you of Jimmy’s death on the evening of (Wednesday) July 6,” his family said in a tweet posted on Caan’s account. His manager, Matt DelPiano, confirmed the news to AFP.

Born in New York, in the borough of the Bronx, in 1940, to a family of Jewish immigrants from Germany, James Caan began his career with small roles in Hollywood in the 1960s, particularly in Irma the sweet by Billy Wilder (1963), o rain peopleby Francis Ford Coppola (1969).

Three years later, the great American director will give him one of his most famous roles, in the first part of the trilogy The Godfatheran epic saga about the Italian-American mafia that has marked the history of cinema and which this year celebrated its 50th anniversary.


James Caan in 2016

James Caan plays Sonny Corleone, the eldest son of “don” Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando), and his brutal murder in a barrage of bullets at a toll booth has become one of the film’s highlights. The role earned him an Oscar nomination.

” Old friend “

“Je continue à penser que si j’avais eu la monnaie ce jour-la, j’aurais pu devenir beaucoup plus riche”, avait-il plaisanté des années plus tard, en allusion à sa mort au péage pendant qu’il attendait sa currency. “If I had known they would have transformed The Godfather 2 (in which he had a small role for a flashback), I would have refused to die, ”he joked, judging that this film had been a“ blessing ”for him.


Al Pacino and James Caan inside The Godfather

“Jimmy was someone who has been a part of my life longer and more closely than any other movie character I’ve ever known,” Francis Ford Coppola reacted, welcoming his “old friend and” in a statement to AFP. one of the funniest people I’ve ever met ”.

“Jimmy was my fictional brother and lifelong friend. It’s hard to imagine that he is no longer of this world, he was so full of life and daring, “said Al Pacino, who played the role of Michael Corleone, Sonny’s little brother.

Robert De Niro, who also starred in the saga of Godfatherhe said to himself “very, very sad to learn of Jimmy’s death”.

As an echo of this role in The Godfather, James Caan was first cited as a witness in 1985 in a Mafia trial in New York, because he had met one of the defendants, a member of the Colombo family, in his childhood. Then he testified, also in New York, in 1992 in another trial, where he introduced himself as the best friend of a respectable Mafia member of the Bonanno family still in the dock.


After The Godfatherhis career continued with roles in other films that have remained classics, such as roller ball (1975), named after this violent sport practiced in a futuristic society, or The loner (1981) by Michael Mann.

He is offered one of his other important roles Misery (1990), a grueling behind closed door, adapted from the Stephen King novel. Masterfully embodies the writer Paul Sheldon, kidnapped in the mountains of Colorado by an evil fan played by Kathy Bates.

“His films were the best of the best,” tweeted New York-based actor and screenwriter Adam Sandler. “I loved him so much. I always wanted to be like him. I’m so glad I met him. I never stopped laughing when I was with this man,” he added.

A prolific actor, who had starred in dozens of films over six decades, including The Yards by James Gray (2000), Matt Dillon’s “City of Ghosts” (2002), or who lent his voice in Cloudy with the possibility of meatballs (2009), James Caan had been married four times and had five children.


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