James Edmund Caan is a well- known actor in U.S.A. He took birth on March 26, 1940 in
. Although he appeared in movies from 1960’s, he became more well-known during 1970’s. His mother is Sophie and father is Arthur Caan, both emigrated from Germany and are of Jewish blood. His father was a dealer of meat as well as the butcher. He was brought up in Sunnyside, Queens in New York City. He got the education in New York City and after then attended Michigan State University. Later he took admission in the Hofstra University of Hempstead but did not graduate from there. When he was studying at Hofstra University, he got fascinated by acting.
He went for an interview in Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, and after clearing it; he got graduated from this school and studied there for five years. Caan started his career with television series such as Kraft Suspense Theatre, Dr. Kildare, The Untouchables, Alcoa Premiere, Naked City, etc. In 1964, in the show of "My Son, the All-American", he has performed the role of Jewish athlete. In 1965, he did his first acting role in
. In 1966, he appeared in movie El Dorado, while in 1968 appeared in film Countdown.
In 1969, James performed the role of "Rupert of Rathskeller" on Getting Smart, which is a spy sitcom. Even in 1969, he got praise for acting in The Rain People, where he performed the role of the football player, who was brain damaged. He became more known in 1971 when he did the movie Brian's Song in which he performed the role of a football player. In 1972, he played the role of Sonny Corleone in the movie Godfather. He was even selected for the role of supporting actor in Academy Award.
From 1971-1982, he did many films. Some of them are: Comes to A Horseman, T.R. Baskin, The Godfather Part II, Rollerball, etc. From 1982 to 1987, he was in depression due to death of his sister who was suffering from leukemia and did not go for acting in any movie. In 1987, he again started starring with the film Gardens of Stone. In 1988 and 1990, he performed in film Dick Tracy, Misery and Alien Nation. In 1992, he did movie Honeymoon in Vegas, in 1996 he did movie Bottle Rocket and Eraser while in 1998, he did movie Poodle Springs. Some of his recent films include- Mickey Blue Eyes in 1999, The Yards in 2000,
of the Gun in 2000, the City of Ghosts in 2002. In 2002, he did another movie Night at the Golden Eagle, Elf and Dogville in 2003. In 2008, he appeared in movie Get Smart, while in 2012, he appeared in Hawaii Five-0 as a guest star.
In 2013, he acted in Starz TV drama Magic City, while in 2014, he appeared in comedy Preggoland. Even in 2010, he became the chairman of internet company Openfilm. Besides being an actor, he is well skilled in martial arts and even got training for around 30 years with Takayuki Kubota. While considering his personal life, he married Dee Jay Mathis in 1961 and both got divorced in 1966. The couple had a daughter Tara, who was born in 1964.
After then, he got married to Sheila Marie Ryan in 1976, which was short lived and both had broken up in the year following it. Then he married Ingrid Hajek in September 1990 and got divorced in March 1994. The couple gave birth to a son in 1991 named Alexander James Caan. On 7th October in 1995, he got married once again with Linda Stokes and the couple is having two children, named James Arthur Caan, who was born in 1995 and Jacob Nicholas Caan, who was born in 1998. Caan is having five children and four grandchildren, one from Scott and three from Tara, who was his eldest daughter.