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James Caan ACTOR


James Caan was born on March 26th, 1940 in The Bronx, New York with the birth name Jimmy Edmund Caan.  His father was employed as a butcher.  When he completed High School he attended Michigan State and studied economics.  He also excelled in athletics such as football, holding a black belt in karate and even was a regular on the rodeo circuit.
When he went to school at Hofstra University to study he first became interested in acting and after being interviewed for Sanford Meisner's Neighborhood Playhouse and being accepted he left school and headed in a whole new career path.  Soon he was awarded a scholarship to study acting with acting coach, Wynn Handman and first started to work as a stage actor.
After a couple off Broadway experiences under his belt he made his screen debut in, "Irma la Douce" (1963) which followed with roles in such films as, "Red Line 7000" (1965), "El Dorado" (1966), "Journey to Shiloh" (1968) and "The Rain People" (1969).  When he was cast in the film, "Brian's Song" (1971) which was a made for television movie, he gained so many fans with his heart felt performance as a cancer-stricken Chicago Bears running back, Brian Piccolo.
He had built quite a strong resume and continued to get cast in a number of 'A' rated films such as, "The Godfather" (1972) for which he earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination and repeated the same role in, "The Godfather: Part II" (1974).  He paired with Barbara Streisand in the film, "Funny Lady" (1975) and worked on films such as, "Rollerball" and "The Killer Elite" (both 1975).   
During the late 70's and early 80's he was not getting cast in roles he was used to and the films he worked on were turning out to be highly unsuccessful such as in the western, "Comes a Horseman" (1978) and "Thief" (1981).
For a while, Caan was not seen on the Big Screen but returned with a huge comeback when he was cast in the film, "Gardens of Stone" (1987).  Fans and critics were following his every move again and he began working on such hit films as, "Alien nation" (1988) and "Dick Tracy" (1990).  He also worked alongside Arnold Schwarzenagger in, "Eraser" (1996), "City of Ghosts" (2002) and he is also a regular on the successful television show, "Las Vegas" (2003).
Today, Caan continues to work in the industry and gain new fans every time he appears on the big screen.  He has a couple projects in post and pre production such as, "Sweetwater" (2011) and "Redemption" (2011). 
Caan has had a very successful career for the most part, however, his personal life has had quite a few ups and downs.  In 1990 he finally quit what was a twenty year addiction to cocaine
He currently resides in Beverly Hills, California and is in the process of filing for divorce from his fourth wife, Lida Stokes whom he has been married to since 1995 and they have two children together.  Prior to this marriage he wed three other times.  First to Dee Jay Mathis in 1960 through 1966 and having one child.  His second marriage was to Sheila Ryan from 1976 to 1977 and they also had one child.  His third marriage was in 1990 to Ingrid Hajek and they also had one child before this marriage too ended in a divorce in 1995.


2011 Redemption
2011 Anyone's Son 
2011 Sweetwater
2012 I Hate You, Dad
2011 Small Apartments 
2011 For the Love of Money 
2011 Detachment
2011 Minkow 
2010 An Annoying Orange
2010 Henry's Crime
2009 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
2009 Middle Men 
2009 Mercy
2009 New York, I Love You 
2008 Get Smart 
2008 Wisegal
2003-2007 Las Vegas 
2007 The Godfather: Blackhand Edition 
2007 The Godfather: The Don's Edition 
2006 The Godfather: Mob Wars 
2006 The Godfather
2005 Santa's Slay
2004 Crossing Jordan
2004 The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie 
2003 Elf 
2003 This Thing of Ours
2003 Dogville
2003 Jericho Mansions 
2002 Blood Crime
2002 City of Ghosts
2002 Lathe of Heaven 
2002 Untitled Eric Gilliland Project
2001 Night at the Golden Eagle 
2001 In the Shadows 
2001 Viva Las Nowhere 
2001 Warden of Red Rock 
2001 A Glimpse of Hell
2000 The Way of the Gun 
2000 Luckytown
1999 The Yards 
1999 Mickey Blue Eyes 
1998 Poodle Springs 
1998 This Is My Father 
1996 Bulletproof 
1996 Eraser
1996 Bottle Rocket
1996 The North Star 
1995 A Boy Called Hate
1993 Flesh and Bone
1993 The Program 
1992 Honeymoon in Vegas 
1991 For the Boys 
1991 The Dark Backward 
1990 Misery 
1990 Dick Tracy 
1988 Alien Nation
1987 Gardens of Stone
1982 Kiss Me Goodbye 
1981 Bolero
1981 Les uns et les autres
1981 Thief
1980 Hide in Plain Sight
1979 Chapter Two
1979 1941
1978 Comes a Horseman
1977 The Godfather: A Novel for Television
1977 Another Man, Another Chance
1977 A Bridge Too Far
1976 Harry and Walter Go to New York 
1975 The Killer Elite 
1975 Gone with the West
1975 Rollerball 
1975 Funny Lady 
1974 The Godfather: Part II 
1974 Freebie and the Bean 
1974 The Gambler
1973 Cinderella Liberty 
1973 Slither 
1972 The Godfather 
1971 Brian's Song 
1971 T.R. Baskin 
1970 Rabbit, Run
1969 The Rain People
1969 Get Smart
1969 The F.B.I.
1968 Journey to Shiloh
1968 Countdown 
1967 Games 
1966 El Dorado 
1965 Red Line 7000 
1965 The Glory Guys 
1965 Wagon Train 
1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
1964 Lady in a Cage 
1964 Channing
1963 Kraft Suspense Theatre 
1963 Combat!
1963 Death Valley Days
1963 Ben Casey 
1963 Irma la Douce
1963 Dr. Kildare 
1963 The Wide Country 
1962 The Untouchables 
1962 Alcoa Premiere
1961 Route 66
1961 Naked City 

Matinee Classics - El Dorado
Matinee Classics - Gone With the West starring James Caan, Stefanie Powers, Aldo Ray and Sammy Davis Jr.
Matinee Classics - The Godfather starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard S. Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte, Al Lettieri, Diane Keaton, Abe Vigoda, Talia Shire, Gianni Russo, John Cazale and Rudy Bond
Matinee Classics - The Godfather starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard S. Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte, Al Lettieri, Diane Keaton, Abe Vigoda, Talia Shire, Gianni Russo, John Cazale and Rudy Bond

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