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James Caan

Lowest Rated:   0% For the Love of Money (2012)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Undercover Grandpa
  • Grandpa
2017
No Score Yet J.L. Family Ranch
  • Tap Peterson
2017
17% The Good Neighbor
  • Harold Grainey
2016
No Score Yet Acre Beyond the Rye
  • Sheriff Doyle
2016
No Score Yet JL Ranch
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet The Godfather Epic
  • Sonny Corleone
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
53% 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
85% 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
40% Henry's Crime
  • Max Saltzman
$0.1M 2011
39% Middle Men
  • Jerry Haggerty
$0.8M 2010
60% 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)
$1.6M 2009
87% 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
84% Elf
  • Walter
$173.4M 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
36% 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
67% Flesh And Bone
  • Roy Sweeney
1993
45% The Program
  • Coach Sam Winters
1993
No Score Yet Harley-Davidson: The American Motorcycle
  • Actor
1993
61% Honeymoon in Vegas
  • Tommy Korman
1992
38% For the Boys
  • Eddie Sparks
1991
45% The Dark Backward
  • Dr. Scurvy
1991
89% Misery
  • Paul Sheldon
1990
64% Dick Tracy
  • Spaldoni
1990
56% 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
40% Chapter Two
  • George Schneider
1979
86% Comes a Horseman
  • Frank 'Buck' Athearn
1978
80% The Driver
  • Actor
1978
65% 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
81% Silent Movie
  • Himself
1976
55% The Killer Elite
  • Mike Locken
1975
66% Rollerball
  • Jonathan E.
1975
44% 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
86% The Gambler
  • Axel Freed
1974
40% Cinderella Liberty
  • John Baggs Jr.
1973
80% Slither
  • Dick Kanipsia
1973
99% The Godfather
  • Sonny Corleone
1972
No Score Yet The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration
  • Actor
1972
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
No Score Yet Countdown
  • Lee Stegler
1968
100% El Dorado
  • Mississippi
1967
60% 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
86% Irma La Douce
  • Actor
1963

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
52% 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
56% 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
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
  • Guest
  • 2006
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2004

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