James Caan

An old-school tough-as-nails Hollywood legend who really needs no introduction given the references alluded in pop culture. Caan began acting in television on 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" in the 60s.
His breakout roles came with the hots "Lady in a Cage", "El Dorado" and "The Rain People". He also garnered significant critical acclaim as dying football player Brian Piccolo in the television movie "Brian's Song", which was later released in theaters. This was still in 1971. It was in '72 though, that Cann would take on his most recognizable role yet, that of tough guy, Sonny Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola's classic "The Godfather". He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the famed role and became a full-fledged star afterwards. And for the rest of the decade and the early 80s, he appeared in a variety of films including: "Cinderella Liberty", "Rollerball", "Harry And Walter Go To New York", "A Bridge Too Far", "Comes A Horseman", "Chapter Two" and "Thief" (directed by Michael Mann and often stated by Cann to be his favorite role after Sonny). He also directed the critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful film "Hide in Plain Sight". For a better part of the 80s from 1982-87, Caan suffered from depression brought about by the death of his sister. Said illness led to a cocaine habit and burnout, and Caan did not act anything until 1987 "Gardens of Stone", directed by Coppola. In 1988 and 1990, he then came back full-force starring in the films "Alien Nation", "Dick Tracy" and "Misery". In 1992, Caan appeared in the now-classic rom-com "Honeymoon in Vegas". More recent appearances includ e such films as: "The Yards", "City of Ghosts", "Dogville", and "Elf". His most popular and recognizable role in rhe present though, came courtesy of going back to the small screen, and auditioning for and taking on the role of 'Big Ed' Deline in hit series "Las Vegas". On February 27, 2007 however, 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.
Of his personal life, Caan has been married four times. In 1960, he married Dee Jay Mathis/Mattis; and divorced in 1966. They had one child Tara A. Caan. His second marriage was to Sheila Ryan, former girlfriend of music legend Elvis Presley, in 1976, but was short-lived-they divorced the following year. His son, Scott Caan, was born then. From September 1990 to March 1995, he was married to Ingrid Hajek; they also had one child, Alexander James Caan. He then married Linda Stokes in October 1996, and they have two children, James Arthur Caan and Jacob Nicholas Caan.
Interestingly enough, and incidentally adding credibility to his tough-guy roles, Caan is a practicing martial artist. He has trained with karate master Tak Kubota for nearly thirty years, earning various ranks. He also trained the Culver City Police department in martial arts use.
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