James Caan, the American actor best known for playing Sonny Corleone in “The Godfather,” has died at the age of 82.
For his tragic portrayal of the eldest son of a mafia family in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 masterpiece “The Godfather,” Caan received an Oscar nomination.
Additionally, Caan made cameos in the films “Misery,” “Thief,” and “Rollerball.”
According to a tweet from his relatives posted to his account on July 6, Jimmy Caan passed away that evening.
“A standout was Jimmy. He was not just one of the best actors our business has ever produced, but he was also funny, dependable, loving, and kind “said Matt DelPiano.
“Our relationship has always been based mostly on friendship. I feel privileged to have worked with him for so long and shall really miss him.”
Caan began his acting career in Hollywood in the 1960s, playing supporting parts in productions by renowned directors like Francis Ford Coppola, Howard Hawks, and Billy Wilder (Irma La Douce) (“The Rain People”).
He became a well-known actor and received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of the obnoxious Sonny Corleone, whose gunshot murder at a toll booth was one of the major moments in “The Godfather.”
He briefly reprised the role for “The Godfather Part II” in a cameo appearance.
Her roles as a violent athlete in Norman Jewison’s “Rollerball,” a jewel thief in Michael Mann’s “Thief” (1981), and a kidnapped writer in Rob Reiner’s “Misery” made her stand out in later movies (1990).
“Hearing this news makes me very sad. I like working with him “Tweeted Reiner
While confirming Caan’s demise, his publicist made the decision to withhold all further details, including the manner of passing.
When Caan was alive, his family imitated his practise of ending tweets with “End of tweet.”