It was through a short message posted on Twitter that the family of James Caan announced the death of this Hollywood legend: “ It is with great sadness that we announce Jimmy’s death on the evening of July 6th. The family appreciates the outpouring of love and sincere condolences and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time. End of tweet ». « Jimmy was one of the greats. Not only was he one of the best actors our industry has ever seen, but he was funny, loyal, caring and loved”added his agent, Matt DelPiano, in a statement sent to theAFP.
Born in New York, in the Bronx, James Caan has toured with the greatest directors such as Billy Wilder (Irma the sweet), Richard Attenborough (A bridge too far), Steven Spielberg (1941), Lars from Trier (Dogville) or Jon Favreau (Elf). But it’s in the skin of Sonny Corleone in the saga The Godfather by Francis Ford Coppola that he marked the minds of Hollywood for the first time. Before making the public shiver as a writer sequestered in the Misery de Rob Reiner.
The comedian, who was also the hero of the series Las Vegas et Back in the Game, was well known to an essential actor/director in France: Guillaume Canet. It must be said that the French had the honor of directing it during his first American film Blood Ties (2013) presented out of competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Remake of Blood relationship by Jacques Maillot, the feature film depicted the destinies of two brothers with diametrically opposed lives, the first being a promising cop and the second a former convict quickly overtaken by his gangster past. Characters embodied respectively by Billy Crudup and Clive Owen.
And it was James Caan who was given the role of the father of the two brothers. “ I had the chance as a director to experience wonderful things and if there is one of which I am really proud it is to have had the honor of making a film with the immense James Caan. (…) Meeting him, filming him was one of the greatest gifts that life gave me (…) it was really a dream… the first day and all the others that followed on a difficult shoot where he never never ceased to support me in this crazy adventure! I am extremely sad to learn of his passing. So I will continue to love him see him again in my dreams “, posted Guillaume Canet on Instagram to react to the death of the actor who had also shot for Claude Lelouch (Another man, another chance, One and the other).
« Guillaume is particularly good with actors because he has no ego. When a dialogue didn’t sound right, he was always open to suggestions, ready to try something else that could potentially improve the scene. », confided for his part James Caan in 2013 to First about Guillaume Canet.
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