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 The Godfather and as a dying professional football player in the made-for-TV-movie Brian's Song

Caan lent an eminently watchable machismo to dozens of films and shows. In Misery,

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.