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JAMES CAAN plays Frank Vitale, Gina's mobster father, who is more than happy to welcome Michael into the family.James Caan (Frank), one of the most versatile actors in motion pictures, is best known for his Academy Award-nominated performance as Sonny Corleone in "The Godfather" and for his Emmy-nominated portrayal of football star Brian Piccolo in "Brian's Song." This year, he received The Hollywood Film Festival's Achievement in Acting award for his body of work.

Caan recently starred in the hit motion pictures "Eraser," opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger and Vanessa Williams; and "Honeymoon in Vegas," opposite Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker.

In addition, Caan starred in Rob Reiner's highly successful and critically praised "Misery," a psychological thriller based on the novel by Stephen King, and in "For the Boys," a romantic drama starring Bette Midler.

Born in the Bronx and raised in Queens, New York, Caan knew early on that he did not want to follow in his father's footsteps and work in the family meat business. He entered Michigan State University at age 16 to study economics and play football. He transferred to Hofstra University to study law and, during a spring break, was interviewed by and accepted into Stanford Meisner's Neighborhood Playhouse. Caan then won a scholarship to study with Wynn Handman, and went on to get the first four jobs he auditioned for in the theatre.

Caan began his career on stage in the 1961 Off-Broadway production of "La Ronde" and went on to appear on Broadway in "Mandingo" and "Blood, Sweat, and Stanley Poole."

Television roles quickly followed, ranging from guest appearances on "Naked City" and "Route 66" to regular appearances on "Wagon Train," "Ben Casey," "Combat," "The Untouchables," and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents."

Making his feature film debut in 1964 in "Lady in a Cage," Caan followed with "Glory Guys," "Red Line 7000," "Eldorado," "The Journey to Shiloh" and "Games."

Among Caan's many other feature film credits are "Cinderella Liberty," "Funny Lady," "A Bridge Too Far," "Chapter Two," "Thief," "Rabbit, Run," "T.R. Baskin," "The Gambler," "Slither," "Silent Movie," "Rollerball," "The Killer Elite," "Harry and Walter Go to New York," "Another Man, Another Chance," "Comes a Horseman," "Kiss Me Goodbye," "Gardens of Stone" and "Alien Nation." Caan directed as well as starred in the acclaimed "Hide in Plain Sight."

Caan was in the drama "Flesh and Bone," starring with Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid, as well as in "The Program." He recently made his first appearance on television since "Brian's Song" when he starred as the Philip Marlowe character in the HBO movie "Poodle Springs." Caan will star in the Miramax film "The Yards" opposite Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron.


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