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James Caan, Oscar-Nominated Actor From The Godfather, Elf, And More, Passes Away

James Caan–the Oscar-nominated actor who appeared in The Godfather, Misery, Elf, Brian’s Song, and many more film and TV roles– has died. He was 82.

Caan died on Wednesday night, his family confirmed in a statement. “The family appreciates the outpouring of love and heartfelt condolences and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time,” a tweet announcing the news said.

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.
End of tweet

— James Caan (@James_Caan) July 7, 2022

Caan landed one of his first major roles in the early ’70s on the TV movie Brian’s Song, in which he played Chicago Bears running back Brian Piccolo alongside Billy Dee Williams. Caan earned an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of the famous NFL athlete who suffered from cancer.

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