The Godfather star James Caan has passed away at 82. His family confirmed the news in a Tweet on Thursday, July 7.
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Jimmy on the evening of July 6.
The family appreciates the outpouring of love and heartfelt condolences and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.
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— James Caan (@James_Caan) July 7, 2022
“It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Jimmy on the evening of July 6,” the family wrote, “The family appreciates the outpouring of love and heartfelt condolences and asks that you continue to respect their privacy at this difficult time.”
They have not yet disclosed the cause of death, and we respect the family’s privacy. So let’s look at his legacy and how fans are reacting.
He was a legend in Hollywood
Along with The Godfather, James Caan starred in several movies, including Misery, El Dorado, and the Will Ferrell holiday classic Elf. In 1973, he earned his 1st Oscar nomination for his role as fiery-tempered Sonny Corleone in The Godfather.
The late actor also received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1978.
Hollywood and fans react
When the news broke, many took to Twitter to share their love for James Caan and sympathy for his family.
Rest In Peace James Cann. Thank you for being apart of the greatest film ever made. While also making other great movies and memorable characters.
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— Manhattan (@IRON_MANNY) July 7, 2022
RIP to James Cann, one of America’s greatest actors. This scene from Thief, a small scale masterpiece by Michael Mann will give you an appreciation of his acting mastery. An unforgettable actor. https://t.co/kDRKErQ3Hd pic.twitter.com/zhochJ2hJG
— Adamski (@ads82) July 7, 2022
James Cann’s Santino ‘Sonny’ Corleone in The Godfather was flawless. A seriously underrated actor.
— Andrew Quinn (@AndrewEQuinn) July 7, 2022
James Cann to film buffs: legend of the 70s
James Cann to regular millennials: the mean dad from Elf
RIP to a great one
— Emma 🇨🇦🏳️🌈 (@EMfys_Nest) July 7, 2022
We send our love to James Caan’s family, friends, and fans.