James Caan: 'Godfather' actor dies aged 82

Celebrity tributes pour in for the New York Bronx-born son of German-Jewish immigrants, known for playing tough guys and gangsters

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James Caan, best known for his role as Sonny Corleone in The Godfather, and as the object of Kathy Bates’s obsession in Misery, has died. Caan was 82.

The news of his death came via his official Twitter feed.

“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 post said.

The Oscar-nominated actor’s other notable roles included the title character in the tear-jerker Brian’s Song, and in Elf, as Will Ferrell’s long-lost father.

Tributes for the actor are beginning to pour in for the actor, including a tweet from his Funny Lady co-star, Barbra Streisand.

"I’m so sorry to hear about Jimmy. He was so talented. #JamesCaan," the legendary actor's Twitter feed read.

Adam Sandler, who acted with him in That's My Boy and Bulletproof tweeted that he, “Loved him very much. Always wanted to be like him. So happy I got to know him. Never ever stopped laughing when I was around that man. His movies were best of the best.”

"So sad about Jimmy Caan. He was a legend. He was always kind to me. Sending his family my love," Maria Shriver said via Twitter.

Other appearances include Bottle Rocket, Honeymoon In Vegas, Rollerball and Mickey Blue Eyes.

The actor was married four times and is survived by his five children.

Updated: July 08, 2022, 9:23 AM
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