Actor James Caan, star of ‘The Godfather’ and ‘Misery’, dies at 82

Actor James Caan, star of ‘The Godfather’ and ‘Misery’, has died at the age of 82, according to his relatives.

James Caan, Oscar nominee for his role as mafioso Sonny Corleone in The Godfather and at the Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Brian Piccolo in Brian’s Song, died Wednesday, July 6. He was 82 years old. His family confirmed the news on the comedian’s Twitter account.

“It is with great sadness that we inform you of Jimmy’s passing on the evening of July 6th,” the tweet read. “The family appreciates the outpouring of love and sincere condolences and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time,” they wrote on Twitter.

“One of the greatest”

Born in New York, in the Bronx district, in 1940, James Caan had played Sonny Corleone in 1972 in the legendary film by Francis Ford Coppola on the Italian-American mafia, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.

He had been nominated for an Oscar for this role of Sonny Corleone, whose brutal assassination under a hail of bullets at a toll booth became one of the most memorable moments of the film, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. For one of his other great roles, in “Misery”, adapted from Stephen King’s book, he played a writer kidnapped by an evil woman played by Kathy Bates.

“Jimmy was one of the greatest. Not only was he one of the best actors our industry has ever seen, but he was funny, loyal, caring and loved,” his manager Matt DelPiano said.

Caan had also had roles in the films “Le Solitaire” and “Rollerball”.