James Edmund Caan was born in The Bronx, New York on March 26, 1940. The son of a New York butcher, James was athletically gifted, and played football at Michigan State University. Acting intrigued him, and after gaining acceptance into Sanford Meisner's Neighborhood Playhouse, Caan won a scholarship to study at Wynn Handman Studio. He began to appear in off-Broadway productions, including I Roam & Mandingo. He made his screen debut in Irma la Douce, and went on to impressive roles in El Dorado and Journey to Shiloh. It was the heart-rending television movie Brian's Song that really put him on the map. After this, he cemented his screen status as Sonny Corleone in The Godfather and The Godfather II. Throughout the 70's he was hit-and-miss with films like Freebie and the Bean, Funny Lady, Rollerball, Harry and Walter Go to New York, Comes a Horseman, and Chapter Two. He rang in the 1980's with Michael Mann's cult-fave, Thief. He has continued working in varied films like Honeymoon in Vegas, For the Boys, Dick Tracy, Alien Nation, and Misery. He returned to television in Sin City and the NBC's drama series, Las Vegas. Caan holds a black belt in karate. He was even a regular on the rodeo circuit, and he earned the nickname The Jewish Cowboy.
CAAN, James (aka Jimmy Caan) (James Edmund Caan) [3/26/1940, The Bronx, New York, U.S.A. - ] – rodeo performer, director, singer, theater, film, TV actor, brother of producer Ronnie Caan [1945- ], married to actress Dee Jay Mattis (1961-1966) father of Tara A. Caan [1964- ] , married to actress Sheila Marie Ryan [1952-2012] (1976-1976) father of producer, director writer, actor Scott Andrew Caan [1976- ], married to pastry chef Ingrid Hajek [1961- ] (1990-1995) father of Alexander James Caan [1991- ], married to actress Linda Stokes (1995-2015) father of James Arthur Caan [1995- ], Jacob Nicholas Caan [1998- ].
Another Man, Another Chance – 1977 (David Williams)
The North Star – 1996 (Sean McLennon)