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The son of a kosher meat salesman, James Caan was born March 26, 1939, in the Bronx, N.Y., and was raised in Queens. A former lifeguard, he studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse and made a 1960 off-Broadway debut in "La Ronde."

Television roles led to a bit part in Irma La Douce (1963), followed by a startling lead role as a young psycho in Lady in a Cage. Several routine films later, Caan scored in the TV movie Brian's Song and as Sonny Corleone in The Godfather (1972), which earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination.

Now an established screen tough guy, Caan went on to Cinderella Liberty, The Gambler, Rollerball, A Bridge Too Far, Comes a Horseman, Hide in Plain Sight (which he also directed) and many more. He reemerged in the '90s as a character actor in both major and independent films (such as Bottle Rocket and Elf), and in 2003, he headlined his first TV series, "Vegas."

James Caan in The Godfather

The Godfather

1972 R

When organized-crime family patriarch Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son steps in to take care of the would-be killers, launching a campaign of bloody revenge in this Oscar-winning epic.

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  • James Caan in El Dorado El Dorado
  • James Caan in Silent Movie Silent Movie
  • James Caan in A Bridge Too Far A Bridge Too Far
  • James Caan in Dogville Dogville
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  • James Caan in Elf Elf
  • James Caan in Eraser Eraser
  • James Caan in A Fighting Man A Fighting Man
  • James Caan in Honeymoon in Vegas Honeymoon in Vegas
  • James Caan in Bottle Rocket Bottle Rocket
  • James Caan in Alien Nation Alien Nation
  • James Caan in Bulletproof Bulletproof
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  • James Caan in Misery Misery
  • James Caan in For the Boys For the Boys
  • James Caan in Flesh and Bone Flesh and Bone
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  • James Caan in Middle Men Middle Men
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  • James Caan in The Outsider The Outsider
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  • James Caan in Kiss Me Goodbye Kiss Me Goodbye
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  • James Caan in Small Apartments Small Apartments
  • James Caan in Funny Lady Funny Lady
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  • James Caan in North Star North Star
  • James Caan in Lucky Town Lucky Town
  • James Caan in Lathe of Heaven Lathe of Heaven
  • James Caan in Blood Crime Blood Crime
  • James Caan in Night at the Golden Eagle Night at the Golden Eagle
  • James Caan in City of Ghosts City of Ghosts
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