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James Caan

Birth name James Langston Edmund Caan
Born March 26, 1940 (1940-03-26) (age 67)
Flag of United States The Bronx, New York, USA
Other name(s) James Caan

James Langston Edmund Caan (born March 26, 1940) is an American Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated American film, stage and television actor. He is known for his Academy Award nominated role of Sonny Corleone in 1972's The Godfather and for his role as Ed Deline on Las Vegas. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... March 26 is the 85th day of the year (86th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... NY redirects here. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to male actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Godfather is a 1972 crime film based on the novel of the same name by Mario Puzo and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, with screenplay by Puzo and Coppola. ... March 26 is the 85th day of the year (86th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... An Emmy Award. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Serge Sudeikins poster for the Bat Theatre (1922). ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Santino Sonny Corleone (August 7, 1948) is a fictional character in Mario Puzos 1969 novel The Godfather and its 1972 film adaptation. ... The Godfather is a 1972 crime film based on the novel of the same name by Mario Puzo and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, with screenplay by Puzo and Coppola. ... Las Vegas is a dramatic comedy television series about a team of people working in the fictional Montecito Resort and Casino in Las Vegas — dealing with issues that arise within the working environment, ranging from valet parking and restaurant management to casino security. ...

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Biography

Early life

Caan was born to Sophie and Arthur Caan, Jewish immigrants from Germany, in The Bronx, New York City. His father was a meat dealer.[1] He grew up in Sunnyside, Queens.[2] Caan is a graduate of New York City's Neighborhood Playhouse where one of his instructors was teaching legend Sanford Meisner. Caan played college football at Michigan State University. For other uses, see Jew (disambiguation). ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Sunnyside is a neighborhood in the western portion of the New York City borough of Queens. ... New York, New York redirects here. ... The Neighborhood Playhouse is an actor training school in New York City, generally associated with the Meisner technique of Sanford Meisner. ... Sanford Meisner (August 31, 1905-February 2nd, 1997) was an actor and acting coach well known for the Meisner technique. ... Michigan State University (MSU) is a co-educational public research university in East Lansing, Michigan USA. Founded in 1855, it was the pioneer land-grant institution and served as a model for future land-grant colleges in the United States under the 1862 Morrill Act. ...


Career

Caan began acting in television in such series as The Untouchables, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, "Kraft Suspense Theatre", "Combat!", Ben Casey, Dr. Kildare, "The Wide Country", "Alcoa Premiere", "Route 66", and "Naked City". His first substantial film role was as a villain in the 1964 thriller Lady In A Cage. In 1967, Caan appeared in El Dorado with John Wayne. He first won praise for his role as a brain-damaged football player in The Rain People (1969), directed by Francis Ford Coppola. In 1971, Caan won more acclaim as dying football player Brian Piccolo in the television movie Brian's Song, which was later released in theaters. The following year, Coppola cast Caan as mobster Sonny Corleone in The Godfather, which also helped launch Al Pacino's career. Caan was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the film. A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... The Untouchables is the name of a television series that ran from 1959 to 1963 on the American Broadcasting Company. ... Alfred Hitchcock Presents was a half-hour anthology series hosted by Alfred Hitchcock. ... Dr. Maggie Graham (Bettye Ackerman) and Vince Edwards as the title character Ben Casey was a medical drama series which ran on ABC from 1961 to 1966. ... Dr. James Kildare was a fictional character, the primary character in a series of American theatrical films in the late 1930s and early 1940s, an early 1950s radio series, a 1960s television series of the same name and a comic book based on the TV show. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... For other uses of the term, see Villain (disambiguation). ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... Thriller films are movies that primarily use action and suspense to engage the audience. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... El Dorado is a 1966 western movie, released by Paramount Pictures, directed by Howard Hawks, and written by Leigh Brackett based on the novel The Stars in Their Courses by Harry Brown. ... John Wayne (May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979) was an iconic, Academy Award-winning, American film actor. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... The Rain People is a 1969 film by Francis Ford Coppola. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is a five-time Academy Award winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Louis Brian Piccolo (October 31, 1943 – June 16, 1970) was a professional football player for the Chicago Bears for four seasons. ... “Telefilm” redirects here. ... Dannys Song Two Scene 1, Dannys House* Dannys Mom (watching Dannys song):UMAHHHSHS Movie, WHERES MY JACK DANIELS Dannys Dad:Here it is Dannys Mom:Get outta here fanboy Me:Tell em steve dave Dannys Mom:Im gonna go see dannys o umaaaahhhhhhh... Mobster is a slang term for a person who participates in organized crime, which is known as belonging to the Mob. In western stories and movies, cowboys as mobsters are known as outlaws. ... Santino Sonny Corleone (August 7, 1948) is a fictional character in Mario Puzos 1969 novel The Godfather and its 1972 film adaptation. ... The Godfather is a 1972 crime film based on the novel of the same name by Mario Puzo and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, with screenplay by Puzo and Coppola. ... Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is an Academy Award, Golden Globe, AFI, Bafta, Emmy Award, and Tony Award-winning American stage and film actor who played such iconic roles as Michael Corleone in The Godfather Trilogy and Tony Montana in the 1983 film Scarface. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ...


From 1973-82, Caan appeared in many Hollywood films. He played a wide variety of roles. His films include Cinderella Liberty, Rollerball, Harry And Walter Go To New York, A Bridge Too Far, Comes A Horseman and Chapter Two (a play screenplay conversion by Neil Simon). In 1980, Caan directed Hide In Plain Sight a film about a father searching for his children lost in the Witness Protection Program. Despite critical praise, the film was not a hit with the public. The following year, Caan appeared in Thief, directed by Michael Mann, where he played a professional safe cracker. This film is today regarded as a neo-noir classic and Caan has often said it is the role of which he is proudest next to The Godfather. Year 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1973 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... ... Cinderella Liberty is a 1973 film which tells the story of a sailor who falls in love with a prostitute and becomes a surrogate father for her young son. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A Bridge Too Far is a 1977 film based on the 1974 book of the same name. ... Comes a Horseman is a 1978 film with Richard Farnsworth. ... Chapter Two is a 1979 film which tells the story of a man whose first wifes death interferes with his starting a new relationship. ... Neil Simon (1966) Neil Simon (born Marvin Neil Simon July 4, 1927 in The Bronx, New York City), is a Jewish American playwright and screenwriter. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... In the United States, the Witness Protection Program (also known as WITSEC) is established by the Witness Protection Act, which in turn sets out the manner in which the U.S. Attorney General may provide for the relocation and protection of a witness or potential witness of the federal government... Thief is a 1981 noir crime drama written and directed by Michael Mann, based upon the novel The Home Invaders by Frank Hoheimer. ... Michael Kenneth Mann (born February 5, 1943 in Chicago) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. ... Neo-noir is a term given to the modern trend of incorporating aspects of film noir into films of other genres. ... The Godfather is a 1972 crime film based on the novel of the same name by Mario Puzo and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, with screenplay by Puzo and Coppola. ...


From 1982-87, Caan suffered from depression over his sister's death, a growing problem with cocaine, and what he described as "Hollywood burnout," did not act in any films. He returned to film in 1987 when Coppola cast him as an army platoon sergeant for the "Old Guard" in Gardens of Stone, a film that dealt with the effect of the Vietnam War on the homefront. In 1988 and 1990, Caan starred in the films Alien Nation, Dick Tracy and Misery (co-star Kathy Bates won a Best Actress Oscar). In 1992, Caan made the hit Honeymoon in Vegas. He co-starred with Sarah Jessica Parker and Nicolas Cage and spoofed his "Sonny Corleone" character from The Godfather. Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Clinical depression (also called major depressive disorder, or unipolar depression when compared to bipolar disorder) is a state of intense sadness, melancholia or despair that has advanced to the point of being disruptive to an individuals social functioning and/or activities of daily living. ... Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is a five-time Academy Award winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ... Gardens of Stone is a 1987 film by Francis Ford Coppola. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Alien Nation is a 1988 science fiction movie written by Rockne S. OBannon and directed by Graham Baker. ... Dick Tracy is a 1990 movie based upon the Dick Tracy character created by Chester Gould. ... Misery is a 1990 American horror/thriller film, based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. ... Kathleen Doyle Bates (born June 28, 1948) is an Academy Award-winning American theatrical, film, and television actress, and a stage and television director. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Honeymoon in Vegas was a 1992 comedic movie which was directed by Andrew Bergman. ... Sarah Jessica Parker (born March 25, 1965) is a Golden Globe and Emmy-winning American actress and an Emmy-winning producer, with a portfolio of television, movie, and theater performances. ... Nicolas Cage (born Nicholas Coppola on January 7, 1964) is an Academy Award-winning American actor. ... In contemporary usage, a parody (or lampoon) is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ...


In 1996, he appeared in the indie hit Bottle Rocket and pursued Arnold Schwarzenegger in Eraser. In 1999, Caan followed Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum, Powers Boothe and Danny Glover when he portrayed Philip Marlowe in the HBO film Poodle Springs. Some of his most recent appearances have been in The Yards (2000), City of Ghosts (2002), Dogville (2003), and Elf (2003). Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into skyrocket. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation (IPA): ) (born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor, and politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of the U.S. state of California. ... Eraser is a 1996 action movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Vanessa Williams. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Humphrey DeForest Bogart (December 25, 1899 – January 14, 1957) was an American actor. ... Robert Charles Durman Mitchum (August 6, 1917 – July 1, 1997) was an American film actor and singer. ... Powers Allen Boothe (born June 1, 1948) is an American television and film actor. ... Danny Lebern Glover[1] (born July 22, 1946) is an American actor, film director, and political activist. ... Ed Bishop had the title role in BBC Radios The Adventures of Philip Marlowe. ... HBO (Home Box Office) is the premium television programming subsidiary of Time Warner. ... Poodle Springs is the eighth Philip Marlowe novel. ... The Yards is a crime thriller/drama with Mark Wahlberg, James Caan, Joaquin Phoenix and Charlize Theron, written and directed by James Gray. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... City of Ghosts is a 2002 drama film co-written, directed by and starring Matt Dillon, about a con artist who must go to Cambodia to collect his share in money collected from an insurance scam. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Dogville is a 2003 movie written and directed by Lars von Trier, starring Nicole Kidman, Paul Bettany, Lauren Bacall, Chloe Sevigny, Stellan Skarsgård and James Caan, among others. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A small forest elf (älva) rescuing an egg, from Solägget (1932), by Elsa Beskow An elf is a creature of Germanic paganism which still survives in northern European folklore. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 2003, he auditioned and won the role of the head security officer 'Big Ed' Deline in Las Vegas. On February 27, 2007, Caan announced that he would not return to Las Vegas for the show's fifth season in order to return to film work. That same year, he was replaced by Tom Selleck. Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Las Vegas is a dramatic comedy television series about a team of people working in the fictional Montecito Resort and Casino in Las Vegas — dealing with issues that arise within the working environment, ranging from valet parking and restaurant management to casino security. ... Thomas William Selleck (born January 29, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan) is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning American actor, screenwriter and film producer, best known for his starring role on the long-running television show Magnum P.I.. // Born in Detroit to Slovak-Rusyn[1] father Robert Selleck and...


Rumor has it that Caan will be playing director Raoul Walsh in an upcoming film about his life.


Personal life

Caan has been married four times. In 1960, he married Dee Jay Mathis; they had one child and divorced in 1966. His second marriage to the 1973 Playmate of the Year, and former girlfriend and live-in of music legend Elvis Presley, Sheila Ryan (1976) was short lived: they divorced the next year. His son Scott was born in 1976. Between September 1990 and March 1995, Caan was married to Ingrid Hajek; they also had one child. He married Linda Stokes in October 1996, and they divorced in April 2005. They have two children. For the record label, see Marriage Records. ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ... Scott Caan Scott Caan (born August 23, 1976) is an American actor. ...


Caan is a practicing martial artist. He has trained with karate master Tak Kubota for nearly thirty years, earning various ranks.[3] He trained the Culver City Police department in martial arts use.[2] Culver City sign near the intersection of the 405 and the 90. ...


Caan in pop culture

The popular TV series Family Guy makes a reference to Caan in the episode "He's Too Sexy for His Fat." Caan is also featured in the "All's Fair in Oven War" episode of The Simpsons, playing himself in Bart's treehouse grotto. He is gunned down in a manner similar to Sonny Corleone in the episode's coda (by Cletus Spuckler variants, in revenge for Caan "stealing" Brandine's heart). He also made an appearance as himself in the TV series "Newsradio," episode 308 ("Movie Star"). The episode deals with his visiting the radio station to research a role, but being sidetracked by Matthew, who in Caan's words is "the strangest sonuvabitch I ever saw/" Family Guy is an Emmy award winning American animated television series about a nuclear family in the fictional town of Quahog (IPA or ), Rhode Island. ... “He’s Too Sexy for His Fat” is an episode from the second season of the FOX animated television series Family Guy. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... Bart and his sister Lisa as news anchors. ... NewsRadio was an American sitcom, originally broadcast from 1995 to 1999 on NBC. The show was created by executive producer Paul Simms. ...


In the Seinfeld episode "The Letter," Jerry receives a letter from the girl he is seeing, Nina, telling him that he doesn't "opt for happiness", a direct line she copied out of Chapter Two. Later, when Jerry discovers the "stunning similarity," he exclaims "I opt for happiness! James Caan doesn't opt for happiness!" Seinfeld is an Emmy Award-winning American sitcom that originally aired on NBC from July 5, 1989, to May 14, 1998, running a total of 9 seasons. ... The Letter is the name of two famous movies: The Letter (1929 movie) The Letter (1940 movie) The Letter is also the name of a popular song, made famous by The Box Tops. ... Chapter Two is a 1979 film which tells the story of a man whose first wifes death interferes with his starting a new relationship. ...


"From Chunk to Hunk," an episode of the animated TV series The Critic, portrays William Shatner hosting an episode of "Celebrity 911" that is entirely dedicated to police calls involving James Caan. He then twitches and shouts, "CAAAAAAN!," a reference to his famous line from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... William Alan Shatner (born on March 22, 1931) is a Canadian actor who gained fame for playing James Tiberius Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the television show Star Trek from 1966 to 1969 and in seven of the subsequent movies. ... Rescue 911 logo. ... Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Paramount Pictures, 1982; see also 1982 in film) is the second feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ...


As a result of his portrayal of Sonny Corleone, Caan is often mistaken for being of Italian ancestry, and has even received recognition from a few Italian-American organizations. However, Caan is of German Jewish descent.[2] In the episode of The Sopranos entitled "Christopher", this is made fun of when Caan is compared to Iron Eyes Cody. For other uses, see Jew (disambiguation). ... The Sopranos is an American television drama series created by David Chase and originally broadcast on the HBO network. ... Episode chronology Christopher is the forty-second episode of the HBO original series The Sopranos and was the third of the shows fourth season. ... This image is a candidate for speedy deletion. ...


The band Grace Gail has a song entitled "James Caan Make Yourself at Home".


Caan is mentioned in the first verse of Adam Sandler's "The Hanukkah Song": "David Lee Roth lights the menorah; so do James Caan, Kirk Douglas, and the the late Dinah Shore-ah." Adam Richard Sandler (born September 9, 1966) is an American comedian, actor, musician, screenwriter, and film producer. ...


References

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  1. ^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/74/James-Caan.html
  2. ^ a b c Model, Betsy. The Ultimate Caan. Cigar Aficionado. Retrieved on 2006-12-13.
  3. ^ "The History of Karate in America" The American Black Belt Society, Retrieved November 1, 2006

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