James Caan


Actor
James Caan

About

Also Known As
Jimmy Caan
Birth Place
Bronx, New York, USA
Born
March 26, 1940

Biography

Actor James Caan was a gifted performer who was as capable of pulling heart strings as he was of breaking someone's kneecaps. Caan emerged from the cauldron of New York City's thriving acting scene in the 1950s to become a noted player on the stage and on television. Though he graduated to films soon after his salad days in New York after swearing off television for the next several year...

Photos & Videos

Rollerball - Movie Posters
Countdown - Movie Poster
Thief - Movie Poster

Family & Companions

DeeJay Mathis
Wife
Dancer. Married 1961; divorced 1966.
Sheila Ryan
Wife
Model, actor. Married 1976; divorced.
Leesa Rowland
Companion
Together in the mid-1980s; sued Caan for mistreatment and won $84,000 verdict.
Ingrid Hajek
Wife
Married September 9, 1990; born c. 1961; Caan's third marriage; separated April 1995.

Notes

Caan has reached the level of senior student in the martial art of Gosoku-Ryu.

"You know he's got a temper and he thinks he's Italian." --Scott Caan about his father to Entertainment Weekly, June 28, 1996.

Biography

Actor James Caan was a gifted performer who was as capable of pulling heart strings as he was of breaking someone's kneecaps. Caan emerged from the cauldron of New York City's thriving acting scene in the 1950s to become a noted player on the stage and on television. Though he graduated to films soon after his salad days in New York after swearing off television for the next several years, he had his first big breakthrough on the small screen, playing dying football player Brian Piccolo in "Brian's Song" (ABC, 1971). His performance in what was considered to be one of the best television movies ever made earned Caan considerable acclaim, as well as an Emmy Award nomination. But the following year put Caan on the map permanently, with his energetic portrayal of the hot-headed Sonny Corleone in "The Godfather" (1972), a role with which he was forever identified - most notably in the numerous mobster roles he played in the ensuing decades.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Hide In Plain Sight (1980)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

The Waiting (2016)
JL Family Ranch (2016)
The Wrong Boyfriend (2015)
A Fighting Man (2014)
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014)
Voice
The Outsider (2014)
Blood Ties (2014)
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013)
Tim Lockwood
The Godfather Legacy (2012)
Himself
That's My Boy (2012)
Small Apartments (2012)
His Way (2011)
Henry's Crime (2011)
Detachment (2011)
Tribes of October (2011)
Middle Men (2010)
Mercy (2009)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
New York, I Love You (2009)
Get Smart (2008)
Wisegal (2008)
City of Ghosts (2003)
Elf (2003)
Walter
This Thing of Ours (2003)
Dogville (2003)
The Big Man
The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie (2003)
Harry Dewitt
Blood Crime (2002)
Night at the Golden Eagle (2001)
Warden
Viva las Nowhere (2001)
Roy Baker
The Warden of Red Rock (2001)
Luckytown (2000)
The Way of the Gun (2000)
Mickey Blue Eyes (1999)
The Yards (1999)
This Is My Father (1998)
Kieran Johnson (Present Day)
Poodle Springs (1998)
Howard Hawks: American Artist (1997)
North Star (1996)
Eraser (1996)
Bottle Rocket (1996)
Bulletproof (1996)
A Boy Called Hate (1995)
Jim
Flesh and Bone (1993)
The Program (1993)
Honeymoon In Vegas (1992)
For the Boys (1991)
The Dark Backward (1991)
Dick Tracy (1990)
Misery (1990)
Alien Nation (1988)
Gardens Of Stone (1987)
Les Uns et les autres (1984)
Kiss Me Goodbye (1982)
Jolly Villano
Thief (1981)
Hide In Plain Sight (1980)
Chapter Two (1979)
Little Moon & Jud McGraw (1978)
Comes A Horseman (1978)
Another Man, Another Chance (1977)
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
Harry And Walter Go To New York (1976)
Silent Movie (1976)
Funny Lady (1975)
The Killer Elite (1975)
Mike Locken
Rollerball (1975)
Freebie and the Bean (1974)
The Godfather Part II (1974)
The Gambler (1974)
Cinderella Liberty (1973)
Slither (1973)
The Godfather (1972)
[Santino] Sonny [Corleone]
T. R. Baskin (1971)
Larry Moore
Brian's Song (1971)
Rabbit, Run (1970)
Rabbit Angstrom
Submarine X-1 (1969)
Commander Bolton
The Rain People (1969)
Jimmie "Killer" Kilgannon
Countdown (1968)
Lee
Journey to Shiloh (1968)
Buck Burnett
Games (1967)
Paul Montgomery
El Dorado (1967)
Mississippi [Alan Bourdillon Traherne]
Red Line 7000 (1965)
Mike Marsh
The Glory Guys (1965)
Dugan
Lady in a Cage (1964)
Randall

Music (Feature Film)

City of Ghosts (2003)
Song Performer
Mickey Blue Eyes (1999)
Song Performer

Special Thanks (Feature Film)

The Godfather Part II (1974)
Special Thanks To

Cast (Special)

Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (2007)
Himself
Brando (Part 1) (2007)
Himself
Brando (Part 2) (2007)
Himself
Willie Nelson & Friends: Outlaws And Angels (2004)
Host
E! Entertainer of the Year 2003 (2003)
James Caan: Making a Scene (2001)
The AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars (1999)
Harley Davidson: The American Motorcycle (1993)
Earth and the American Dream (1993)
Voice
The Godfather Family: A Look Inside (1990)
Himself
All-Star Tribute to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1989)
Kenny Rogers Classic Weekend (1988)
Playboy's 25th Anniversary Celebration (1979)
Celebration: The American Spirit (1976)
Rickles (1975)

Misc. Crew (Special)

Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (2007)
Other
The Godfather Family: A Look Inside (1990)
Other

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Lathe of Heaven (2002)
A Glimpse of Hell (2001)

Life Events

1960

Made his acting debut on the stage in "La Ronde" (billed as Jimmy Caan)

1961

First Broadway play, "Blood, Sweat, and Stanley Poole"

1961

Made TV episodic debut on "Naked City" (ABC)

1963

Film acting debut, "Lady in a Cage"

1963

First film appearance, played a bit part in "Irma la Douce"

1967

Appeared in "El Dorado" with John Wayne and Robert Mitchum

1968

Landed starring role in Robert Altman's second feature film "Countdown"

1969

First screen collaboration with Francis Ford Coppola, "The Rain People"

1971

Won acclaim as dying football player Brian Piccolo in the ABC movie "Brian's Song"; earned Emmy nomination

1972

Re-teamed with Coppola to play Sonny Corleone in "The Godfather"; garnered Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor

1973

Co-starred with Marsha Mason for first time in "Cinderella Liberty"; also first film with director Mark Rydell

1974

Earned praise for his leading role in "The Gambler"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor

1975

Played Billy Rose opposite Barbra Streisand in "Funny Lady"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor

1979

Played opposite Mason again in "Chapter Two"

1980

Made his feature directing debut with "Hide in Plain Sight"; also starred

1981

Played the title role of a professional safe cracker in Michael Mann's "Thief"

1987

Returned to films after a five-year absence in Coppola's "Gardens of Stone"

1990

Played writer Paul Sheldon opposite Kathy Bates as the obsessive fan in the thriller "Misery," based on the novel by Stephen King

1990

Played Spuds Spaldoni in Warren Beatty's feature adaptation of the comic strip character "Dick Tracy"

1991

Co-starred with Bette Midler in the Mark Rydell directed "For the Boys"

1992

Garnered praise for his turn as a Las Vegas gambler in "Honeymoon in Vegas"

1993

Co-starred as Dennis Quaid's father in "Flesh and Bone"

1996

Appeared in Wes Anderson's debut feature "Bottle Rocket"

1996

Played supporting role in "A Boy Called Hate"; first film opposite his son Scott Caan

1998

Portrayed detective Philip Marlowe in the HBO movie "Poodle Springs," adapted from Raymond Chandler's unfinished novel

1999

Cast as an Irish schoolteacher investigating his roots in "This Is My Father"

1999

Cast as Hugh Grant's crime boss father-in-law in the comedy "Mickey Blue Eyes"

2000

Portrayed a mob-connected NYC subway contractor in "The Yards"

2002

Cast in lead role in the USA Network film "Hearts of Men"

2003

Appeared as The Big Man in Lars von Trier's "Dogville"

2003

Played Will Ferrell's biological father in the comedy "Elf"

2003

Cast as Big Ed Deline, the head of the surveillance team for a Vegas casino on the NBC drama "Las Vegas"; left the show's after the fourth season

2008

Cast as The President in the film adaptation of "Get Smart," based on the 1960s spy parody television series

2009

Voiced Flint's father in the animated feature "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs"

2010

Cast opposite his son Scott Caan in "Mercy"; film also written and produced by his son

2010

Cast opposite Luke Wilson in the crime film "Middle Men"

2012

Guest starred opposite his son Scott on the reboot of "Hawaii Five-0" (CBS)

2012

Co-starred with Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg in "That's My Boy"

Photo Collections

Rollerball - Movie Posters
Here are two styles of American one-sheet movie posters for Rollerball (1975), starring James Caan. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Countdown - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Countdown (1969), starring James Caan. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Thief - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Thief (1981), starring James Caan. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Slither - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Slither (1973), starring James Caan and Sally Kellerman. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Countdown (1968) - Roger, Houston, Apollo 3 Opening scene from director Robert Altman’s first feature, Robert Duvall, James Caan and Michael Murphy the crew of an Apollo spacecraft, when they get an irritating order from Houston, in Countdown, 1968, from a novel by Henry Searls.
Countdown (1968) - An Emergency Backup To Apollo James Caan as scientist-astronaut Lee, joining Barbara Baxley, wife of his Apollo crew chief Chiz (Robert Duvall), who explains to him and colleague Rick (Michael Murphy) about what happened in training that day, and an emergency mission, in director Robert Altman’s first feature, Countdown, 1968.
Countdown (1968) - The Man In The Moon Is A Girl Shot at director Robert Altman’s home, from his first feature, Robert Ridgely the singing guest, Ted Knight a NASA administrator, James Caan as Lee, the astronaut host, Robert Duvall as Chiz, whom he’s been chosen to replace for a solo moon mission, with early-Altman overlapping dialogue, in Countdown, 1968.
Slither (1973) - Climb Into The Potato Cellar Several minutes in but still short of the opening credits, newly paroled Dick (James Caan) and Harry (Richard B. Shull) arrive at the latter's derelict country home, trouble ensuing, in Slither, 1973, directed by Howard Zieff.
Slither (1973) - What Are You Up On? After a bad first hitch-hiking attempt, parolee Dick (James Caan) meets Kitty (Sally Kellerman), having trouble with a cop (Wayne Storm), in Slither, 1973, directed by Howard Zieff from W.D. Richter's original screenplay.
Cinderella Liberty (1973) - The Ship Is Under Way After opening with his ship arriving in Seattle, Navy Boatswain Dobbs (James Caan), having just learned he’ll have to stay behind for a medical test, wishes his mates farewell and learns (from nurse Diane Schenker) that he has liberty until midnight, thus the title, cueing the credits, in Mark Rydell’s film from Darryl Ponsican’s novel and screenplay, Cinderella Liberty, 1973, also starring Marsha Mason.
Cinderella Liberty (1973) - I Get Favors From Sailors After a quick liaison in her Seattle apartment, sailor Dobbs (James Caan) and cordial hooker Maggie, who owed him after losing at pool, conversing, and parting before he’s due back at the ship, meeting her supposedly sleeping son (Kirk Calloway), early in Cinderella Liberty, 1973.
Cinderella Liberty (1973) - I Was Too Much Man For Her Still stuck in Seattle, pulling Shore Patrol duty while waiting out a medical matter, sailor Dobbs (James Caan) shows up with a Navy birthday cake he rescued, at the home of Doug (Kirk Calloway), son of his hooker friend, who winds up going out with him and chatty partner Alcott (Bruno Kirby), in Cinderella Liberty, 1973.
Cinderella Liberty (1973) - What Are You Willie Mosconi? With time to kill before his official “liberty” expires, Navy sailor Dobbs (James Caan) in a Seattle barroom meets Marsha Mason, unusually skimpily attired, as working-girl Maggie, shooting pool, her first scene, in director Mark Rydell’s Cinderella Liberty, 1973.
Rabbit, Run (1970) - How About The Crotch? After leaving his family, out for an evening with his dissolute former basketball coach Tothero (Jack Albertson), “Rabbit” (James Caan) meets Virginia Vincent as Margaret, and winds up with Ruth (Anjanette Comer), in Rabbit, Run, 1970, with striking vulgarity, from the original John Updike novel.
Rabbit, Run (1970) - Purple Paisley Following the credits, on location in Reading, Pa, home town of John Updike, author of the original novel, James Caan as “Rabbit” Angstrom runs home after shooting hoops with some local kids, and confronts his inebriated, pregnant wife Janice (Carrie Snodgress), in Rabbit, Run, 1970.
Rabbit, Run (1970) - That Doesn't Sound Like Mature Behavior After a fight with his drunken, pregnant wife and driving all night, one-time high school basketball star “Rabbit” (James Caan) is evidently back in his hometown, and finds Marty Tothero (Jack Albertson), his old coach, who’s not thriving, in Rabbit, Run, 1970, from the John Updike novel.

Trailer

Rabbit, Run (1970) -- (Original Trailer) Original theatrical trailer for the little-seen Warner Bros. adaptation of the celebrated 1960 John Updike novel, Rabbit Run, 1970, starring James Caan, Carrie Snodgress, Jack Albertson and Anjanette Comer, shot in the author’s home town, Reading, PA.
Freebie And The Bean (1974) -- (Original Trailer) Original TV trailer with lots of schtick from stars Alan Arkin and James Caan, and supporting player Alex Rocco, from director Richard Rush’s genuinely screwy action-comedy Freebie And The Bean, 1974.
Silent Movie - (Original Trailer) A film director struggles to produce a major silent feature film in Mel Brooks' Silent Movie (1976).
El Dorado -- (Original Trailer) John Wayne and Robert Mitchum take on a corrupt cattle baron in Howard Hawks' El Dorado (1967).
Countdown - (Original Trailer) An astronaut (James Caan) is caught between precautions and a race to the Moon in Countdown (1968), directed by Robert Altman.
Comes A Horseman - (Original Trailer) Rival ranchers (Jason Robards, Jane Fonda) battle over oil rights in Comes A Horseman (1978).
Another Man, Another Chance - (Original Trailer) A young girl falls in love with a photographer who soon takes her with him when he emigrates to America in Another Man, Another Chance (1977).
Thief - (Original Trailer) A safecracker (James Caan) tries to outrun the mob so he can retire in Michael Mann's Thief (1981).
Hide In Plain Sight - (Original Trailer) True story of a divorced father (James Caan) in search of his children when his ex-wife enters the witness relocation program.
Rollerball - (Original Trailer) The star of a bloodthirsty future sport tries to clean up the game before it kills him in Rollerball (1975) starring James Caan.
Slither - (Original Trailer) An ex-con (James Caan) and his misfit team search for a cache of embezzled loot in Slither(1972).
Bridge Too Far, A - (Original Trailer) Sean Connery, Robert Redford, Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier and an all-star cast are featured in A Bridge Too Far (1977), an epic World War II drama.

Family

Arthur Caan
Father
Meat dealer. Family name is said to be Dutch version of 'Kahn' or 'Cohen'.
Sophie Caan
Mother
Ronald Caan
Brother
Producer.
Barbara Caan
Sister
Died of cancer in 1981; Caan was very close with her and her death is said to have devastated him.
Tara Caan
Daughter
Mother, DeeJay Mathis.
Scott Caan
Son
Actor, musician. Born c. 1976; mother Sheila Ryan; underwent kidney surgery c. 1978; arrested for assault in September 1998.
Alexander James Caan
Son
Born on April 10, 1991; mother, Ingrid Hajek.
James Arthur Caan
Son
Born on November 6, 1995, mother, Linda Stokes.
Jacob Nicholas Caan
Son
Born on Septmeber 24, 1998; mother, Linda Stokes.

Companions

DeeJay Mathis
Wife
Dancer. Married 1961; divorced 1966.
Sheila Ryan
Wife
Model, actor. Married 1976; divorced.
Leesa Rowland
Companion
Together in the mid-1980s; sued Caan for mistreatment and won $84,000 verdict.
Ingrid Hajek
Wife
Married September 9, 1990; born c. 1961; Caan's third marriage; separated April 1995.
Linda Stokes
Wife
Married October 7, 1995; Caan's fourth wife; born c. 1956.

Bibliography

Notes

Caan has reached the level of senior student in the martial art of Gosoku-Ryu.

"You know he's got a temper and he thinks he's Italian." --Scott Caan about his father to Entertainment Weekly, June 28, 1996.

"Jimmy Caan is one of the best actors I know, and he's only gotten better." --director Mark Rydell Entertainment Weekly, June 28, 1996.

"People are always backing up when I'm just going to shake their hands. They always think, 'Here comes Sonny. Watch Out!" --James Caan to Entertainment Weekly, June 28, 1996

"I lost my passion for work. No, that's a negative statement. I just had a bigger passion for something else, for my son, and growing up with him. Shit, that's what life's about. It wasn't so negative. It was positive." --Caan quoted in Premiere, December 1991.