Hollywood pays tribute to ‘Godfather’ star James Caan


by Best Classic Bands Staff



Al Pacino as Michael Corleone and James Caan as Sonny Corleone in The Godfather

James Caan, the multifaceted actor who will always be best remembered for his portrayal of Sonny Corleone in The Godfather, died yesterday, July 6, 2022. Caan’s death, announced July 7 by his family and confirmed by his manager, Matt DelPiano, came after a six-decade career in which the actor played a major variety of characters. The actor is mourned by Hollywood.

Caan’s storied film career, often playing tough guys, is underscored by his key role in the 1972 premiere episode of The Godfather. Caan has also appeared in films such as Misery, Thief, the tv movie Brian’s Song, Rollerball, Hide in Plain Sight, The Gambler, El Dorado, Funny Lady, Elf and many more.

James Caan and Kathy Bates in Misery

No cause or place of death has been reported. Caan was 82 years old. The actor is mourned by other big names in Hollywood, many of whom have starred opposite him, and by many others who admired his work.

The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola said Deadline.com“Jimmy was someone who crossed my life longer and closer than any movie character I have ever known. Since those times working together on rain people, and through all stages of my life, his films and the many great roles he played will never be forgotten. He will always be my old friend from Sunnyside, my collaborator and one of the funniest people I have ever known.

Al Pacino, who triumphed in his breakout role as Caan’s younger brother, pictured Michael, released a statement. “Jimmy was my fictional brother and lifelong friend,” he said. “It’s hard to believe he will be gone because he was so lively and bold. A great actor, brilliant director and my dear friend. I will miss him.

And Talia Shire, who portrayed her sister Connie Corleone, wrote: “James was a good man, a kind man, a family man and an extremely gifted man – whose great talent will always be loved and remembered. My prayers go out to his family whom he treasured so dearly.

Billy Dee Williams, who starred as Chicago Bears football great Gale Sayers alongside Caan’s role as Brian Piccolo in the 1971 tearjerker Brian’s Songwrote: “Teammates and friends until the end. RIP Jimmy 💔”


Kathy Bates, who won the Best Actress Oscar for her role alongside Caan in the 1990 thriller, Miserywrote that she was “heartbroken”.

Rob Reiner, who directed Misery, wrote: “Loved working with him. And the only Jew I know who can tug of war with the best of them.

Caan portrayed Will Ferrell’s father in the feature film, Elf. “I will always cherish the time spent on and off camera with James Caan,” Ferrell wrote. “He always had great stories and good advice. Without him, a film like Elf does not work.


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