James Caan passes away at the age of 82

James Caan passes away at the age of 82

James Caan, one of America’s great film actors, has passed away at the age of 82. His family used his popular Twitter account to announce the sad passing: “It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Jimmy on the evening of July 6.The family appreciates the outpouring of love and heartfelt condolences and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.” They finished with Caan’s trademark social media sign-off, “End of Tweet.”

Caan is most likely remembered for his portrayal of the fiery Santino “Sonny” Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, for which he received an Oscar nomination. There is a generation of people who know him as the father of Will Ferrell’s human-elf character in the Christmas perennial hit film Elf. In fact, I would argue that the only reason that film continues to have success year after year is because of James Caan and Mary Steenburgen’s very authentic portrayals of parents.

And that was the key to James Caan: He could play a tough, a hot head, and add a layer of real heart that you believed. He could find a thing to love and make you respect his love for it.

Caan had well over 100 credits over a 60-year career in television and film. Some of the highlights include:

1966’s El Dorado

1972’s The Godfather

1975’s Funny Lady and Rollerball

1977’s A Bridge Too Far

1981’s Thief

1990’s Misery

1993’s The Program

1996’s Bottle Rocket

2003’s Elf

Caan had five children and once said, “I never saw my dad cry. My son saw me cry. My dad never told me he loved me, and consequently I told Scott I loved him every other minute. The point is, I’ll make less mistakes than my dad, my sons hopefully will make less mistakes than me, and their sons will make less mistakes than their dads. And one of these days, maybe we’ll raise a perfect Caan.”

Obviously, we all have our own favorite performances by Caan and our own memories, and many were shared online as news spread of his passing.

One of the greatest to ever do it. pic.twitter.com/EHig1MZkvT

— BODYBUZZRECS (@bodybuzzrecs) July 7, 2022

If you haven’t seen it. You gotta see it.

Ugh. I just saw him speak at the Godfather 50 with Francis and Talia and he was as spirited and fiery as ever. What a giant. pic.twitter.com/9GBMpf2IPF

— Alex Winter (@Winter) July 7, 2022

He was all over social media.

RIP James Caan, one of Future’s biggest fans pic.twitter.com/eNPZKFCwh0

— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) July 7, 2022

James Caan swooping in during the flashback scene at the end of The Godfather Part II is one of the all-time great star reveals. You can practically hear the audience cheering. RIP to a real one. https://t.co/6sNDLyOwHX

— James Urbaniak (@JamesUrbaniak) July 7, 2022

Very sad to hear the news that James Caan has died. Heartbroken for his family & his friends. Wonderful to know him & call him a pal. Jimmy was so supportive of Gary Sinise Foundation & my work w/ our veterans. He will be missed. Thank you my friend. Rest In Peace. God bless you pic.twitter.com/BJYJkSepOW

— Gary Sinise (@GarySinise) July 7, 2022

So sorry to hear the news. I loved working with him. And the only Jew I knew who could calf rope with the best of them. Love to the family.

— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) July 7, 2022

RIP James Caan, who channeled tough-guy vulnerability like no other actor in his generation. I *loved* watching him explode and fall apart in movies. pic.twitter.com/ZGDqoSqotW

— Sean Fennessey (@SeanFennessey) July 7, 2022

And he could do it with just his voice.

We all had our favorite James Caan dad role. ELF is very high up there but every time I watch CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, this scene always melted my soul. What a rich tender voice Caan had and a hell of a phenomenal actor he was. RIP. pic.twitter.com/msgC3pbW3L

— Rendy Jones (@Rendy_Jones) July 7, 2022

James Caan. Loved him very much. Always wanted to be like him. So happy I got to know him. Never ever stopped laughing when I was around that man. His movies were best of the best. We all will miss him terribly. Thinking of his family and sending my love. pic.twitter.com/a0q8rCP1Yl

— Adam Sandler (@AdamSandler) July 7, 2022

Legend… Rest in Power, Jimmy. Our condolences to Scotty and his family🙏 @James_Caan https://t.co/hMxewtpJLc pic.twitter.com/3rDAT30HTj

— Cary Elwes (@Cary_Elwes) July 7, 2022

RIP James Caan. ”The Godfather” is 50 this year. What a cast. pic.twitter.com/jz4V2jrNkp

— The ’60s at 60 (@the_60s_at_60) July 7, 2022

🎶 End of tweet pic.twitter.com/63tDGaKEP7

— James Caan (@James_Caan) April 2, 2022

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