On this Day: March 26, 1940 | Birthday of James Caan

26 March 1940: Birthday of James Caan, American actor and singer (Source)

Press conference regarding movie “A Bridge Too Far”; James Caan, 1976 – Author: Hans Peters / Anefo (Source)

James Edmund Caan[1] (/kɑːn/ KAHN; born March 26, 1940) is an American actor. After early roles in Howard Hawks‘s El Dorado (1966), Robert Altman‘s Countdown (1967) and Francis Ford Coppola‘s The Rain People (1969), he came to prominence in the 1970s with significant roles in films such as Brian’s Song (1971), Cinderella Liberty (1973), The Gambler (1974), Rollerball (1975), A Bridge Too Far (1977) and Alan J. Pakula‘s Comes a Horseman (1978). For his signature role in The Godfather (1972), that of hot-tempered Sonny Corleone, Caan was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the corresponding Golden Globe. He reprised the role of Sonny Corleone at the end of The Godfather Part II in a cameo appearance.

Caan’s subsequent notable performances include roles in Michael Mann‘s Thief (1981), Francis Ford Coppola‘s Gardens of Stone (1987), Misery (1990), Dick Tracy (1990), Wes Anderson‘s Bottle Rocket (1996), James Gray‘s The Yards (2000), Lars Von Trier‘s Dogville (2003) and Elf (2003).

For his contributions to the film industry, Caan was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1978 with a motion pictures star located at 6648 Hollywood Boulevard. (Source)


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