August 10, 2022

Veteran actor James Caan died on the age of 82, his household introduced Thursday. No reason behind dying was reported.

Caan, well-known for his performances in motion pictures reminiscent of “Brian’s Track,” “Distress” and “Elf,” was nominated for an Academy Award for his function as Sonny Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 basic “The Godfather,” extensively considered among the best motion pictures ever made.

Caan died on Wednesday, July 6, his household stated by way of the actor’s Twitter account. Caan himself was active on Twitter in his later years, all the time ending his missives with “Finish of tweet,” which his household nodded to of their announcement.

Born within the Bronx in 1940, Caan was raised in Sunnyside, Queens. After finding out at New York’s Neighborhood Playhouse, a famed conservatory, he started working as an actor each onstage and in tv roles within the early Nineteen Sixties. He finally transitioned to movie, starring in Howard Hawks’ 1965 racing film “Purple Line 7000” and Coppola’s 1969 drama “The Rain Folks.”

Caan’s breakthrough second got here in 1971 when he performed terminally ailing soccer participant Brian Piccolo within the made-for-television movie “Brian’s Track.” Each the movie and Caan’s efficiency have been critically acclaimed.

The next yr, Coppola solid Caan in “The Godfather,” putting him in what would develop into his signature function as Sonny Corleone. His flip because the hot-headed eldest brother who involves a violent, premature finish earned him many accolades, together with an Academy Award nomination for Greatest Supporting Actor. Caan briefly reprised the function in a flashback scene within the 1974 sequel, “The Godfather Half II.”

Previous to his dying, Caan was slated to star in Coppola’s subsequent movie, “Megalopolis.”