James Edmund Caan was an American actor who was nominated for several awards, including four Golden Globes, an Emmy, and an Oscar. Caan was awarded a motion pictures star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1978.

After early roles in Howard Hawks’ El Dorado (1966), Robert Altman’s Countdown (1967), and Francis Ford Coppola’s The Rain People (1969), he came to prominence for playing his signature role of Sonny Corleone in The Godfather (1972), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. He reprised the role of Sonny Corleone in The Godfather Part II (1974) with a cameo appearance at the end.

Caan had significant roles in films such as Brian’s Song (1971), Cinderella Liberty (1973), The Gambler (1974), Rollerball (1975), A Bridge Too Far (1977), and Alan J. Pakula’s Comes a Horseman (1978).

He had sporadically worked in film since the 1980s, with his notable performances including roles in Thief (1981), Gardens of Stone (1987), Misery (1990), Dick Tracy (1990), Bottle Rocket (1996), The Yards (2000), Dogville (2003), and Elf (2003).

List of all James Caan Movies

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1963 Irma la Douce Soldier with Radio Uncredited[18] [70]
1964 Lady in a Cage Randall Simpson O’Connell [70]
1965 The Glory Guys Pvt. Anthony Dugan Nominated—Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor [70]
Red Line 7000 Mike Marsh [70]
1967 El Dorado Alan Bourdillion “Mississippi” Traherne [70]
Games Paul Montgomery [70]
1968 Countdown Lee Stegler [70]
Submarine X-1 Cmdr. Richard Bolton [70]
Journey to Shiloh Buck Burnett [70]
1969 The Rain People Jimmy Kilgannon [70]
1970 Brian’s Song Brian Piccolo Television film
Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or a Movie
Rabbit, Run Rabbit Angstrom [70]
1972 T.R. Baskin Larry Moore [70]
The Godfather Santino “Sonny” Corleone Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
1973 Slither Dick Kanipsia [70]
Cinderella Liberty John Baggs Jr. [70]
1974 The Gambler Axel Freed Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama [70]
Freebie and the Bean Freebie [70]
The Godfather Part II Santino “Sonny” Corleone Cameo [70]
1975 Gone with the West Jud McGraw filmed in 1969 under the title “Man Without Mercy” but did not find a cinema release [70]
Funny Lady Billy Rose Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy [70]
Rollerball Jonathan E. Saturn Award for Best Actor
(tied with Don Johnson for A Boy and His Dog)
1976 The Killer Elite Mike Locken [70]
Silent Movie Himself [70]
Harry and Walter Go to New York Harry Dighby [70]
1977 A Bridge Too Far Sgt. Eddie Dohun [70]
Another Man, Another Chance David Williams [70]
1978 Comes a Horseman Frank “Buck” Athearn [70]
1979 1941 Sailor in Fight Uncredited[citation needed] [70]
Chapter Two George Schneider [70]
1980 Hide in Plain Sight Thomas Hacklin Also director [70]
1981 Thief Frank [70]
1982 Kiss Me Goodbye Jolly Villano [70]
1984 Les Uns et les Autres Jack Glenn / Jason Glenn [70]
1987 Gardens of Stone SFC Clell Hazard [70]
1988 Alien Nation Det. Sgt. Matthew Sykes [70]
1990 Dick Tracy Spud Spaldoni [70]
Misery Paul Sheldon Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor [70]
1991 The Dark Backward Doctor Scurvy [70]
For the Boys Eddie Sparks [70]
1992 Honeymoon in Vegas Tommy Korman [70]
1993 The Program Coach Sam Winters [70]
Flesh and Bone Roy Sweeney [70]
1995 A Boy Called Hate Jim [70]
Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead Boyle
1996 North Star Sean McLennon [70]
Bottle Rocket Mr. Abe Henry [70]
Eraser U.S. Marshal Robert Deguerin [70]
Bulletproof Frank Colton [70]
1997 Howard Hawks: American Artist Himself [70]
1998 Poodle Springs Philip Marlowe [70]
1999 This Is My Father Kieran Johnson [70]
Mickey Blue Eyes Frank Vitale [70]
2000 The Yards Frank Olchin [70]
Luckytown Charlie Doyles [70]
The Way of the Gun Joe Sarno [70]
2001 Viva Las Nowhere Roy Baker [70]
In the Shadows Lance Huston
2001 Night at the Golden Eagle Prison Warden Uncredited[citation needed] [70]
2002 City of Ghosts Marvin [70]
2003 Dogville The Big Man [70]
This Thing of Ours Jimmy “The Con”
Jericho Mansions Leonard Grey [70]
Elf Walter Hobbs [70]
2005 Santa’s Slay Darren Mason Uncredited[citation needed]
2008 Wisegal Salvatore Palmeri
Get Smart The President [70]
New York, I Love You Mr. Riccoli Segment: “Brett Ratner” [70]
2009 Middle Men Jerry Haggerty [70]
Mercy Gerry Ryan [70]
Something, Something, Something, Darkside Himself (voice)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Tim Lockwood (voice) [70]
2010 Henry’s Crime Max Saltzman [70]
Minkow Paul Vinsant
2011 Detachment Mr. Charles Seaboldt [70]
2012 Small Apartments Mr. Allspice [70]
That’s My Boy Father McNally [70]
2013 Blood Ties Leon Pierzynski [70]
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Tim Lockwood (voice) [70]
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya The Bamboo Cutter (voice) English dub [70]
2014 The Outsider Karl Schuster
A Fighting Man Brother Albright
Preggoland Walter Huxley
2015 The Throwaways Lt. Col. Christopher Holden
Sicilian Vampire Professor Bernard Isaacs
2016 The Good Neighbor Harold Grainey
The Red Maple Leaf George Lawrence Secord
2017 Undercover Grandpa Grandpa
Holy Lands Harry Rosenmerck [70]
2018 Out of Blue Col. Tom Rockwell
2021 Queen Bees Dan Simpson Final film role


Year Title Role Notes
1961 Route 66 Johnny- street gang leader
1964 Combat! German sergeant Episode: “Anatomy of a Patrol”
1969 The F.B.I. Eugene Episode “A Life in the Balance”
Get Smart Rupert of Rathskeller (uncredited) 2 episodes “To Sire, with Love: Parts 1 and 2”
1996 NewsRadio James Caan / Himself Episode: “Movie Star”
2001 Warden of Red Rock John Flinders Television film
A Glimpse of Hell Capt. Fred Moosally Television film
2002 Blood Crime Sheriff Morgan McKenna Television film
2003–2007 Las Vegas Ed Deline 88 episodes
2004 The Simpsons Himself (voice) Episode: “All’s Fair in Oven War
2010 Family Guy Himself (voice) Episode: “Something, Something, Something, Dark Side
Annoying Orange Jalepeño (voice) Web series
2012 Hawaii Five-0 Tony Archer Episode: “Lekio”
2013 Magic City Sy Berman 5 episodes
Back in the Game Terry “The Cannon” Gannon 13 episodes
2015 Wuthering High School Mr. Earnshaw Television film
2016 JL Ranch Tap Peterson Television film
2020 JL Ranch: The Wedding Gift Television film

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