Billy Dee Williams, Gary Sinise and Jon Lovitz were among Hollywood stars remembering James Caan’s life after his death at the age of 82.
Caan, best known for his Oscar-nominated performance as Sonny Corleone in The Godfather films alongside Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Diane Keaton, died Wednesday night, his family confirmed.
— Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) July 7, 2022
The veteran actor’s other notable credits include playing Chicago Bears footballer Brian Piccolo, who has cancer, in a sports drama. Brian’s Songwhich earned him an Emmy Award nomination in 1972.
Brian’s Song co-star and star wars The Williams actor paid tribute to the actor on Thursday, sharing a photo on Twitter of a smiling Caan perched on his lap.
He wrote, “Teammates and friends til the end. RIP Jimmy,” along with a broken heart emoji.
Actor Sinise, who played Lt. Dan Taylor in Forrest Gumptweeted: “Very sad to hear the news of James Caan’s passing. Heartbroken for his family and friends.
Very sad to hear the news of James Caan’s passing. Love for his family and friends. Wonderful to know him and call him a buddy. Jimmy was so supportive of the Gary Sinise Foundation and my work with our veterans. We will miss him. Thank you my friend. Rest in peace. God bless you pic.twitter.com/BJYJkSepOW
— Gary Sinise (@GarySinise) July 7, 2022
“Wonderful to know him and call him a friend. Jimmy was so supportive of the Gary Sinise Foundation and my work with our veterans. He will be missed. Thank you my friend. Rest in peace. God bless you.”
Gros Pointe Virgin star John Cusack simply wrote “wonderful actor” while star trek actor Robert Picardo tweeted: “RIP James Caan. An unforgettable Sonny. A great career.”
British filmmaker Edgar Wright tweeted: “RIP to a real megawatt movie star, Mr Jimmy Caan, star not only The Godfatherbut also Thief, Misery, Freebie and the bean, Slide, Roller, bottle rocket, stone gardens, The way of the gun, Honeymoon in Vegas, Elf & much more.”
RIP to a true megawatt movie star, Mr. Jimmy Caan, star of not only The Godfather, but also Thief, Misery, Freebie And The Bean, Slither, Rollerball, Bottle Rocket, Gardens Of Stone, The Way Of The Gun, Honeymoon In Vegas, Elf and many more. Enjoy this deadpan classic.
“Your da.” pic.twitter.com/2oqeAymgaD
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) July 7, 2022
Upon hearing the news of Caan’s death, actor and comedian Lovitz tweeted, “Well, that sucks about James Caan. I was blessed to work with him and be friends.
“Always a fun guy to be around. He’s always been supportive of my career. He even made an appearance on my TV special and got Robert Duvall on board. A career highlight. God bless James Caan.”
Meanwhile, filmmaker James Gunn said: “There are so many movies of him that I love, The Godfather the films being of course on top, but here are some others that I love (Thief in particular was a Gunn family classic – I had the poster on my wall in high school).”
American actor James Urbaniak described Caan as “real” in a tribute to the actor.
He tweeted: “James Caan rushed during the flashback scene at the end of The Godfather Part II is one of the great stars of all time. You can practically hear the audience cheering.”
Meanwhile, actress Jennifer Tilly said the actor always had the “funniest stories”.
She added: “He once told me that Coppola used to take food off his plate and eat it, so one day he made a sandwich with very hot jalapenos between two pieces of buttered bread and waited outside Coppola’s airflow.”
The performers and broadcasters union Sag-Aftra also paid tribute to Caan.
He tweeted: “We celebrate the life and career of @James–Caan and extend our condolences to his family. From Brian’s Song to The Godfather at Misery and ElfJimmy’s celluloid legacy lives on.”
Caan starred in the 2003 family comedy Elfplaying Will Ferrell’s on-screen biological father, Walter Hobbs, as well as a psychological thriller Miseryaction movie Thief and hit crime The player.
Other appearances include Honeymoon in Vegas, Armored and blue eyed mickey.
The actor has been married four times and is survived by his five children.
Source: Press Association