James Caan

Birthday: Mar 26, 1940
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, USA
Like so many other prominent actors of the 1970s, the versatile James Caan rose to success on the strength of his riveting performance in The Godfather. Born March 26, 1939, in the Bronx, NY, Caan decided to pursue a career in acting while attending college and in 1960 was accepted by Sanford Meisner into the Neighborhood Playhouse. After making his debut off-Broadway in I Roam, he landed in the Broadway production of Mandingo but exited after just four performances because of artistic difficulties with star Franchot Tone. Caan then landed in television, where he became a busy character actor; he made his film debut in an unbilled performance in 1963's Irma La Douce, followed by a meatier role in Lady in a Cage the following year. The 1965 Howard Hawks auto-racing drama Red Line 7000 was his first starring role, followed two years later by the Hawks Western El Dorado, which cast him opposite John Wayne and Robert Mitchum; in 1968, Caan starred in Robert Altman's Countdown, and in 1969, he appeared in Francis Ford Coppola's The Rain People. Caan shot to fame thanks to a poignant performance in the 1970 television movie Brian's Song, in which he played the ill-fated Chicago Bears star Brian Piccolo; his turn as the similarly ill-fated Sonny Corleone in Coppola's 1972 masterpiece The Godfather solidified his stardom and earned him an Academy Award nomination, but his subsequent films, including 1973's Slither and the next year's Freebie and the Bean, failed to live up to expectations. After earning a Golden Globe bid for his work in 1974's The Gambler, Caan briefly appeared in 1974's The Godfather Pt. 2 before co-starring with Barbra Streisand in the hit Funny Lady, followed by Norman Jewison's futuristic parable Rollerball. When both 1975's Sam Peckinpah thriller The Killer Elite and 1976's Harry and Walter Go to New York met with failure, Caan's career took a downward turn, and apart from cameo appearances in both Mel Brooks' Silent Movie and the star-studded A Bridge Too Far, he was largely absent from screens for a time. He also made any number of ill-considered decisions; he and Coppola were unable to come to terms for Apocalypse Now, and he also rejected roles in hits including One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Superman, and Kramer vs. Kramer.By the end of the decade, Caan's career had hit the skids, as projects including the 1978 Western Comes a Horseman (co-starring Jane Fonda) and the following year's Neil Simon drama Chapter Two all failed to live up to expectations. His directorial debut in 1980's Hide in Plain Sight fared no better, although Michael Mann's thriller Thief garnered a cult following; when 1982's Kiss Me Goodbye bombed, Caan disappeared from sight for the next five years. Finally, in 1987, Caan resurfaced, starring in Coppola's war drama Gardens of Stone; the next year's science fiction picture Alien Nation was a hit, as was his next major project, Rob Reiner's 1990 feature Misery. After 1991's For the Boys failed to connect with audiences, Caan spent much of the decade in prominent supporting roles which showcased his smart, edgy persona; among the more high-profile were 1992's Honeymoon in Vegas, 1996's Eraser, and the wonderful indie hit Bottle Rocket.Caan would prove over the coming decades that he liked to work, appearing in projects that ran the gamut from big to small. He'd appear in comedies like Mickey Blue Eyes and Elf, thrillers like City of Ghosts and In the Shadows, indie films like Lars Von Trier's Dogville and Tony Kaye's Detachment. Caan would also delight audiences on the small screen with a starring role on the TV series Las Vegas from 2003 to 2007,

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Con Man Agent Gamble 2018
No Score Yet Undercover Grandpa Grandpa 2017
29% The Good Neighbor Harold Grainey 2016
No Score Yet The Red Maple Leaf Actor 2016
No Score Yet The Godfather Epic Sonny Corleone 2016
No Score Yet Acre Beyond the Rye Sheriff Doyle 2016
44% Preggoland Walter 2015
No Score Yet The Throwaways Lt. Col. Christopher Holden 2015
No Score Yet The Wrong Boyfriend (Wuthering High) Earnshaw 2015
No Score Yet Sicilian Vampire Actor 2015
67% Altman Actor 2014
100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya The Bamboo Cutter (English Version) $0.5M 2014
52% Blood Ties Leon $29.3K 2014
5% The Outsider Schuuster 2014
71% Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Tim Lockwood $119.8M 2013
33% Small Apartments Mr. Allspice 2013
No Score Yet A Fighting Man Brother Albright 2013
84% Seduced And Abandoned Actor 2013
20% That's My Boy Father McNally $37M 2012
0% For the Love of Money Micky 2012
57% Detachment Mr. Charles Seaboldt $49.4K 2012
41% Henry's Crime Max Saltzman $0.2M 2011
38% Middle Men Jerry Haggerty $0.8M 2010
61% Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel Actor $22.4K 2010
43% Mercy Gerry 2010
37% New York, I Love You Mr. Riccoli (Brett Ratner segment) $1.7M 2009
86% Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Tim Lockwood $124.9M 2009
50% Get Smart The President $130.3M 2008
80% Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project Actor 2008
No Score Yet Wisegal Salvatore Palmeri 2008
No Score Yet Brando Actor 2007
No Score Yet The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie Dewitt 2004
No Score Yet Santa's Slay Darren 2004
83% Elf Walter $173.5M 2003
40% This Thing of Ours Jimmy the Godfather 2003
No Score Yet Jericho Mansions Leonard Grey 2003
70% Dogville The Big Man $1.5M 2003
47% City of Ghosts Marvin $0.3M 2003
No Score Yet Blood Crime Sheriff Morgan McKenna 2002
No Score Yet Lathe of Heaven Dr. William Haber 2002
No Score Yet In the Shadows Lance Huston 2002
41% Night at the Golden Eagle Prison Warden 2002
No Score Yet Lathe of Heaven Actor 2002
33% A Glimpse of Hell Fred Moosally 2001
No Score Yet Luckytown Charlie 2001
No Score Yet Viva Las Nowhere (Dead Simple) Roy Baker 2001
No Score Yet Warden of Red Rock John Flinders 2001
64% The Yards Frank Olchin 2000
48% The Way of the Gun Joe Sarno $5.3M 2000
45% Mickey Blue Eyes Frank Vitale 1999
75% This Is My Father Kieran Johnson 1999
No Score Yet Poodle Springs Philip Marlowe 1998
No Score Yet Howard Hawks: American Artist Actor 1997
8% Bulletproof Colton 1996
35% Eraser Robert Deguerin 1996
85% Bottle Rocket Mr. Henry 1996
No Score Yet North Star Sean McLennon 1996
33% Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead Actor 1995
No Score Yet A Boy Called Hate Jim 1995
68% Flesh And Bone Roy Sweeney 1993
43% The Program Coach Sam Winters 1993
No Score Yet Harley-Davidson: The American Motorcycle Actor 1993
61% Honeymoon in Vegas Tommy Korman 1992
43% For the Boys Eddie Sparks 1991
45% The Dark Backward Dr. Scurvy 1991
89% Misery Paul Sheldon 1990
64% Dick Tracy Spaldoni 1990
54% Alien Nation Det. Sgt. Matthew Sykes 1988
47% Gardens of Stone Sgt. Clell Hazard 1987
67% Les uns et les autres Jason Glenn 1984
No Score Yet Kiss Me Goodbye Jolly Villano 1982
96% Thief Frank 1981
No Score Yet Hide In Plain Sight Thomas Hacklin Director 1980
50% Chapter Two George Schneider 1979
86% Comes a Horseman Frank 'Buck' Athearn 1978
73% The Driver Actor 1978
62% A Bridge Too Far SSgt. Eddie Dohun 1977
80% Another Man, Another Chance Actor 1977
57% Harry and Walter Go to New York Harry Dighby 1976
82% Silent Movie Himself 1976
55% The Killer Elite Mike Locken 1975
68% Rollerball Jonathan E. 1975
40% Funny Lady Billy Rose 1975
No Score Yet Gone with the West (Little Moon and Jud McGraw) (Bronco Busters ) Jud McGraw 1975
27% Freebie and the Bean Freebie $8.8K 1974
97% The Godfather, Part II Sonny Corleone 1974
88% The Gambler Axel Freed 1974
50% Cinderella Liberty John Baggs Jr. 1973
80% Slither Dick Kanipsia 1973
98% The Godfather Sonny Corleone 1972
No Score Yet The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration Actor 1972
0% T.R. Baskin Larry Moore 1971
92% Brian's Song Brian Piccolo 1970
No Score Yet Rabbit, Run Rabbit Angstrom 1970
82% The Rain People Jimmy Kilgannon (Killer) 1969
No Score Yet Submarine X-1 Commander Bolton 1969
No Score Yet Journey to Shiloh Buck Burnett 1968
80% Countdown Lee Stegler 1968
100% El Dorado Mississippi 1967
67% Games Paul Montgomery 1967
60% Red Line 7000 Mike 1965
60% The Glory Guys Dugan 1965
20% Lady in a Cage Randall Simpson O'Connell 1964
83% Irma La Douce Actor 1963

TV

CREDIT
50% Back in the Game
2013
Terry "The Cannon" Gannon
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
65% Magic City
2012-2013
Sy Berman
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
Tony Archer
  • 2012
No Score Yet Dragons' Den
2005-2016
Judge
  • 2012
  • 2008
  • 2007
70% Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2010
No Score Yet Las Vegas
2003-2008
Big Ed Deline Edward Melvin "Big Ed" Deline
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Crossing Jordan
2001-2007
Ed Deline
  • 2004
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2004

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