Godfather of actor James Caan dies at 82

The legendary Godfather actor James Caan has died aged 82, his family revealed on Thursday. The Hollywood veteran, who played Sonny Corleone in the gangster classic, died Wednesday, according to their statement.

The message noted that they “appreciated the outpouring of love and sincere condolences” from her millions of admirers and asked for privacy as they grieve.

Tributes poured in for the star, who starred in Misery, Elf and Mickey Blue Eyes, with plenty of quotes from his role in The Godfather and debating his greatest performances.

Caan was spotted using a walker at a restaurant with friends in California in April after spending part of the last year in a wheelchair while recovering from back surgery.

His death comes just over a month after Ray Liotta, another gangster movie star, died in his sleep aged 67 while filming a new TV series in the Dominican Republic.

James Caan is pictured as Santino ‘Sonny’ Corleone in ‘The Godfather’, the film based on Mario Puzo’s novel, March 15, 1972

James Caan Jr and James Caan attend "The Godfather" 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Paramount Theater on February 22 in Los Angeles

James Caan Jr and James Caan attend ‘The Godfather’ 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Paramount Theater on February 22 in Los Angeles

The legendary Godfather actor James Caan has died aged 82, his family revealed on Thursday.  The Hollywood veteran, who played Sonny Corleone in the gangster classic, died yesterday (pictured with Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and John Cazale)

The legendary Godfather actor James Caan has died aged 82, his family revealed on Thursday. The Hollywood veteran, who played Sonny Corleone in the gangster classic, died yesterday (pictured with Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and John Cazale)

James Caan died on July 6.  He was last seen having dinner with friends in West Hollywood in this photo from April

James Caan died on July 6. He was last seen having dinner with friends in West Hollywood in this photo from April

Caan’s family said in a post on their Twitter on Thursday: “It is with great sadness that we inform you of Jimmy’s passing on the evening of July 6th.

“The family appreciates the outpouring of love and sincere condolences and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”

The Bronx native is best known for his role as Santino ‘Sonny’ Corleone in The Godfather as well as Misery, Elf and Mickey Blue Eyes.

He didn’t slow down later in life and continued his work in recent years, with his most recent coming in 2019’s crime drama Out of Blue.

He started to slow down from 2015 when he was rushed to hospital with chest pains. But the Hollywood vet didn’t have a heart attack and just suffered from a lung infection.

Caan has a checkered relationship history and has been married four times. His first marriage to Dee Jay Mathis ended in 1966 after five years, and they share daughter Tara, 55.

Ten years later, he married Sheila Marie Ryan, but they divorced the following year in 1976, the same year they welcomed their 43-year-old son Scott.

In 1990 Caan married Ingrid Hajek, they had son Alexander, 28, the following year and divorced in 1994.

His fourth marriage was in 1995, when he married Linda Stokes. The couple had sons James, 24, and Jacob, 21, before divorcing in 2009, citing irreconcilable differences.

Caan speaks onstage at the 50th anniversary celebration of "Godfather" at Paramount Pictures Studios on February 22

Caan speaks onstage at the 50th anniversary celebration of “Godfather” at Paramount Pictures Studios on February 22

James has four children with three of his ex-wives (pictured with his youngest children James and Jacob, now aged 24 and 21, and his fourth wife Linda Stokes in 2007)

James has four children with three of his ex-wives (pictured with his youngest children James and Jacob, now aged 24 and 21, and his fourth wife Linda Stokes in 2007)

He revealed that the reason an Elf sequel will never happen is because Will Ferrell, 53, and director Jon Favreau, 53, don't get along;  from left, Amy Sedaris, Caan and Ferrell

He revealed that the reason an Elf sequel will never happen is because Will Ferrell, 53, and director Jon Favreau, 53, don’t get along; from left, Amy Sedaris, Caan and Ferrell

The veteran actor appeared to be in high spirits as he left Craig's in West Hollywood, Calif., and matched his outerwear with a purple and blue plaid shirt.

The veteran actor appeared to be in high spirits as he left Craig’s in West Hollywood, Calif., and matched his outerwear with a purple and blue plaid shirt.

In February last year, insiders revealed to MailOnline that James had back surgery and had to spend time in a wheelchair after the operation.

Last year, James revealed that an Elf sequel “will never happen” because of tension between star Will Ferrell and director Jon Favreau.

The star, who played the father of Ferrell’s character Buddy Hobbs in the 2003 festive classic, explained that he and the cast were both excited and ready for a sequel, but it was never due to friction between Favreau and Ferrell, 53.

“We were going to do this and I was like, ‘Oh my god, I finally have a franchise movie, I could make money, let my kids do whatever they want to do,'” he said. declared. Cleveland’s 92.3 The Fan’s Bull and Fox.

He continued, “The director and Will didn’t get along very well. So Will wanted to do it, he didn’t want the director, and he had it in his contract, it was one of those things.

Apparently, the contracts were structured in such a way as to oblige the director and the actor to participate in the project in order for a sequel to be created.

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