‘The Godfather’ actor James Caan dies at 82

FILE - James Caan attends the 2016 Summer TCA "Hallmark Event" on July 27, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Caan, whose roles included "The Godfather," "Brian’s Song" and "Misery," died Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at age 82. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

FILE – James Caan attends the 2016 Summer TCA “Hallmark Event” on July 27, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Caan, whose roles included “The Godfather,” “Brian’s Song” and “Misery,” died Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at age 82. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

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Tributes poured out for actor James Caan following his passing. On Thursday, Caan’s family announced his death on the evening of July 6.

In a career that spanned nearly five decades, Caan was best known for his breakthrough roles in 1971’s “Brian’s Song” and 1972’s “The Godfather.” The Oscar winning actor also played in “The Godfather: Part II” in 1974.

He was nominated for best supporting actor at the Oscars and landed a Golden Globe for his role as Sonny Corleone that same year. He also appeared in “Elf,” “Dogville” and more recently the 2021 romantic comedy “Queen Bees.”

“Jimmy was my fictional brother and my lifelong friend,” said co-star Al Pacino. “It’s hard to believe that he won’t be in the world anymore because he was so alive and daring. A great actor, a brilliant director and my dear friend. I’m gonna miss him.”

Caan married four times and is survived by his five children. He was 82-years-old.

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