James Caan, Hot-Headed Sonny of ‘The Godfather’, Dies At 82

James Caan, hot-headed Sonny of 'The Godfather', passes away at 82
James Caan, hot-headed Sonny of ‘The Godfather’, passes away at 82 ( Photo Credit – IMDb )

In a 12 months when the world is celebrating the golden jubilee of ‘The Godfather’, James Caan, one of the film’s many actors who’ll by no means be forgotten, handed away on Wednesday (U.S. Pacific Time), in response to an announcement by his household on Twitter.

Best remembered for enjoying Sonny Corleone, the hotheaded, loose-fisted son of the Don, performed by Marlon Brando, however with a really busy post-Sonny filmography, Caan was 82 when he breathed his final.

“It is with nice disappointment that we inform you of the passing of Jimmy on the night of July 6,” the temporary tweet reads, in response to ‘Variety’. “The household appreciates the outpouring of love and heartfelt condolences and asks that you just proceed to respect their privateness throughout this troublesome time.”

James Caan additionally had substantial roles in different notable movies, together with ‘Misery’, ‘Elf’, ‘Thief’, ‘Godfather Part II’, ‘Brian’s Song’ and ‘The Gambler’, notes ‘Variety’, including that Sonny’s violent finish in a vendetta killing in Francis Ford Coppola’s iconic movie — “riddled, as he’s, with dozens of bullets — is one of essentially the most memorable scenes in a film full of them”.

Caan, in response to ‘Variety’, initially auditioned for the function of Michael, the college-educated war-hero son who would finally develop into Don, and the studio, Paramount, supported this casting for a time, however Al Pacino, as everyone knows, was forged as Michael and Caan as Sonny “as half of a fancy compromise between Paramount and Coppola”.

Coppola and Caan, by the way, have been classmates at Hofstra University, the place the Bronx-born James Edmund Caan went after learning at Michigan State University (he performed American soccer for the college group).

Caan, who was working until 2013 and even lent his voice to ‘The Godfather’ video video games, would repeatedly essay characters with a penchant for violence, notes ‘Variety’. His most notable decade, although, was the Nineteen Seventies.

In addition to ‘The Godfather‘, to cite from ‘Variety’, Caan’s signature movies from the Nineteen Seventies embody (*82*) Rydell’s ‘Cinderella Liberty’ (1973), during which he performed a sailor in love with a hooker; Karel Reisz’s ‘The Gambler’ (1974), the place he performed a person with a critical habit for the function of the cube; the Sam Peckinpah actioner and plenty of extra.

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