On the 50th anniversary of The Godfather James Caan leaves, who played Sonny Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece. But the career of this great American film actor, who passed away at the age of 82, is not limited to the iconic role in the first two chapters of that now legendary saga.
Born in the Bronx in New York in 1940, Caan abandoned his university studies to devote himself to acting. At the cinema he immediately establishes himself as a criminal in the thriller A day of terror (1964) and a year later he was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Newcomer for the Western Doringo!. In 1966 he joined John Wayne in El Dorado by Howard Hakws. with John Wayne
In 1969 the turning point with I’m not going home tonight by Francis Ford Coppola, in which he plays a football player who has sustained brain damage. Two years later he is an Emmy nominee for his test of him in Brian’s songstory of the football player Brian Piccolo and in 1972 he ran for the Oscar as Best Supporting Actor thanks to the role of Sonny in the Godfather.
Now a Hollywood star of the first magnitude, he lights up the big screen with vigorous and intense interpretations, ranging in genres: from drama A big $ 50 love affair (1973) in which he is a naval officer who rounds off with bets on detective comedy A strange pair of cops (1974) with Alan Arkin, passing through $ 40,000 not to die (1974) directed by Karel Reisz and written by newcomer James Toback which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for the character of a ludopathic professor in the cult of Sam Peckinpah Killer Elite (1975) paired with Robert Duvall.
Find a big hit with the dystopian classic Rollerball (1975), appears in the choral war blockbuster That last bridge (1977), dominates the New Hollywood twilight of Here comes a wild and free knight (1978), is measured against the spirit of Neil Simon in comedy Second chapter (1979). In 1980 he made his directorial debut with I will find them at any cost, a film about a father looking for his son lost to the witness protection program, which was appreciated by critics but little seen by the public. A year later he embellishes Michael Mann’s second feature, the noir Violent roads (1981), among his greatest interpretations.
After There is … a ghost between us (1982), Caan does not play any film: following the death of his sister, he falls into depression and begins to abuse cocaine. The rebirth in 1987, when his friend Coppola calls him to play a sergeant in the poignant Stone gardens. Find popularity in the role of the bedridden writer in horror Misery doesn’t have to die (1990). Since the nineties he has performed in many cassette films, especially comedies and action, he blesses the directorial debut of Wes Anderson with An amateur shot and works with James Gray in the second work The Yards (2000).
On the small screen, in 1998 he played Philip Marlowe in the TV movie Marlowe – Murder in Poodle Springs role previously went to great actors such as Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum and Powers Boothe. Take part in the most diverse films, from comedy Mickey blue eyes (1999) to intense City of Ghosts (2002), Dogville (2003) by Lars von Trier to the Christmas fairy tale Elf (2003). From 2003 to 2007 Caan played the role of “Big Ed” Deline in the television series Las Vegas
Caan is famous for turning down roles that went down in history: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Violent Arm of the Law, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Kramer vs. Kramer, Apocalypse Now, Blade Runner, Love Story, Superman. Between November 2007 and August 2015, he was the president of openfilm.com, which offered $ 1 million in funding to find the author of an independent film.