One of the most versatile actors in motion pictures, JAMES CAAN
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
Piccalo in "Brian's Song."
Appearing in more than 50 feature films over the course of his career, Caan
also earned great recognition starring in Rob Reiner's highly successful and
critically acclaimed film "Misery," a psychological thriller based on the novel
by Stephen King and in "For The Boys," a romantic drama co-starring Bette
Midler. He was equally praised for his performance as a brain damaged football
star in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Rain People," garnering him the Best Actor
Award from the San Sebastian Film Festival. He also received the Actor of the
Year honor from the National Association of Theater Owners for his role in "The
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 sixteen to study economics
and to play football.
Caan transferred to Hofstra University to study law and during a spring break
was interviewed by, and accepted to Stanford Meisner's Neighborhood Playhouse.
He then won a scholarship to study with Wynn Handman, and went on to get the
first four jobs he auditioned for in the theater.
Caan began his career on stage in the 1961 off-Broadway production of "La
Ronde." He followed with a powerful slate of guest appearances in virtually
every major television series of the day.
In addition to the previously named titles, Caan's other film credits include
"Cinderella Liberty," "Funny Lady," "A Bridge Too Far," "Thief," "T.R. Baskin,"
"Slither," "Silent Movie," "Rollerball," "The Killer Elite," "Another Man,
Another Chance," "Comes A Horseman," "Gardens Of Stone," "Alien Nation," "Flesh
And Bone," "The Program," "Honeymoon In Vegas," "Eraser," and "Mickey Blue
He also starred in "The Yards," for Miramax Films, opposite Joaquin Phoenix,
Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron, Artisan Entertainment's "The Way of the Gun,"
in which he co-starred with Benecio Del Toro, New Line Cinema's mega-hit comedy
"Elf," in which he co-starred with Will Ferrell, Lars von Trier's "Dogville,"
co-starring Nicole Kidman, and the NBC drama "Las Vegas." His most recent
projects include a guest star appearance in several episodes of the Starz
Channel series "Magic City," in which he portrays underworld boss Sy Berman; and
co-starring with Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard and Billy Crudup in the indie
drama, "Blood Ties." Caan made his directorial debut as well as starred in the
critically acclaimed film "Hide In Plain Sight."
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