Celebrity James Caan was born on March 26, 1940, in the Bronx, Nyc. Caan started his movie career in 1963’s Irma la Douce. In 1969, he got the lead character in The Rain Peopleand latergave an Oscar-nominated performance in The Godfather (1972). Following a hiatus from filming, he made a recovery in 1987’sGardens of Stone. In the 1990s, he starred in Misery and The Program, as well as in 2000 Caan appeared in The Way of the Gun.
Celebrity James Caan was born on March 26, 1940, in the Bronx, Nyc. Caan briefly attended Michigan State University before transferring to New York’s Hofstra University, where he majored in theatre. Upon his graduation, he studied under Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse.
In 1960, Caan made his stage acting debut in La Ronde. The next year, he appeared on Broadway in the production of Blood, Sweat, and Stanley Poole (1961).
He headlined the Westerns The Glory Guys (1965), El Dorado (1967) and Journey to Shiloh (1968) before getting the lead character in the 1969 drama The Rain People — among the initial jobs by director Francis Ford Coppola.
Caan gave a sensitive performance as sickly football player Brian Piccolo in the heart-wrenching TV biopic Brian’s Song (1971). Having an ensemble cast that included Al Pacino and Marlon Brando, he gave an Oscar-nominated performance in Coppola’s lasting epic The Godfather (1972). Considered by many to be the crowning achievement of his profession, Caan’s portrayal of the irascible Sonny Corleone affirmed his standing as among the very gifted performers of his generation.
The following year, he presented his singing voice as impresario Billy Rose opposite Barbra Streisand’s Fanny Brice in Funny Lady. Several box office calamities followed, including The Killer Elite (1975) and Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976). He acquired a lackluster directorial debut with Hide in Plain Sight (1980) and starred opposite Sally Field in the critically panned love story Kiss Me Goodbye (1982).
Following a five-year hiatus from film work, Caan made an unlikely comeback in features with Coppola’s war drama Gardens of Stone (1987) as well as the sci fi thriller Alien Nation (1988). Having a memorable character in the 1990 acclaimed movie version of Stephen King’s bestseller Misery, he starred as a tormented love story writer held prisoner by a deranged fan (played by Kathy Bates). The next year, Caan had middling success along with his part as a U.S.O. performer opposite Bette Midler in the musical saga For the Boys.
Caan continued to do well in the coming of age independent film Bottle Rocket (1996) as well as the dark comedy Mickey Blue Eyes (1999).
Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Caan’s private life was surrounded by controversy. Following prevalent rumors of drug abuse, he was detained three times — twice for assault and once for supposedly threatening rapper Derek Lee having a firearm.
He’s one daughter and four sons from his various relationships.