‘The Godfather’ Star James Caan Useless At 82

‘The Godfather’ Star James Caan Useless At 82

Famed actor James Caan has died at the age of 82, his family declared Thursday. No cause of dying was right away documented.

Caan, acknowledged for his performances in movies such as “Brian’s Tune,” “Misery” and “Elf,” was nominated for an Academy Award for his function as Sonny Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 basic “The Godfather,” broadly regarded as 1 of the ideal movies ever manufactured.

Caan died on Wednesday, July 6, his family members stated via the actor’s Twitter account. Caan himself was lively on Twitter in his afterwards decades, normally ending his missives with “End of tweet,” which his relatives nodded to in their announcement.

Born in the Bronx in 1940, Caan was lifted in Sunnyside, Queens. After studying at New York’s Neighborhood Playhouse, a famed conservatory, he started doing the job as an actor each onstage and in tv roles in the early 1960s. He at some point transitioned to film, starring in Howard Hawks’ 1965 racing film “Red Line 7000” and Coppola’s 1969 drama “The Rain Folks.”

Caan’s breakthrough second came in 1971 when he played terminally sick soccer participant Brian Piccolo in the manufactured-for-tv film “Brian’s Song.” Both the movie and Caan’s performance had been critically acclaimed.

The subsequent yr, Coppola solid Caan in “The Godfather,” inserting him in what would turn into his signature role as Sonny Corleone. His transform as the hot-headed eldest brother who comes to a violent, premature conclusion gained him a lot of accolades, together with an Academy Award nomination for Most effective Supporting Actor. Caan briefly reprised the purpose in a flashback scene in the 1974 sequel, “The Godfather Section II.”

James Caan as Santino 'Sonny' Corleone in 'The Godfather, ' the movie based on the novel by Mario Puzo and directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
James Caan as Santino ‘Sonny’ Corleone in ‘The Godfather, ‘ the film dependent on the novel by Mario Puzo and directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

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Caan’s profession continued for decades. Among the his most memorable appearances was his functionality in the 1990 film adaptation of Stephen King’s “Misery,” in which Caan performed a popular writer who is held captive by an obsessed fan. Caan also performed Will Ferrell’s workaholic biological father in 2003’s beloved Christmas film “Elf.”

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

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