James Caan, an onscreen tough guy and movie craftsman, has died at 82
James Edmund Caan was an athletic kid from the Bronx, the son of German-Jewish immigrants who grew up to play tough movie guys:
sailors, football players, gangsters and was one of the most recognizable screen actors of his era.
He died on July 6, according to a post on his official Twitter account. No further details were available.
Best known for his explosive turn as Sonny Corleone in
and as a dying professional football player in the made-for-TV-movie
Caan lent an eminently watchable machismo to dozens of films and shows. In
he was a famous author held captive by Kathy Bates.
In Gardens of Stone
he was a heartsick Vietnam vet reluctantly guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.