Actor James Caan, known for his roles in “The Godfather” and other films, has died at 82. Caan worked in Hollywood for over 60 years. In his 20s he began booking guest roles on TV dramas like “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.” After he appeared in the 1966 western “El Dorado,” alongside legends John Wayne and Robert Mitchum, the role which launched his career. Caan first found fame playing Chicago Bears halfback Brian Piccolo in “Brian’s Song,” a widely seen 1971 TV movie. The role of a lifetime, Sonny Corleone in the 1972 Francis Ford Coppola film “The Godfather,” garnered him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Caan starred in films including “The Gambler,” “Rollerball,” “Thief,” and “Misery” AND also reprised his role as Sonny in a flashback scene in “The Godfather II.” In the 1980s, Caan fell into depression and drug addiction while dealing with the loss of his sister to leukemia. He than recovered and won acclaim for his portrayal of a casino boss in the TV series “Las Vegas.” Later in his career, he appeared on TV in the drama “Las Vegas” and in the rebooted “Hawaii Five-0” series, alongside his son Scott Caan. Al Pacino, Robert de Niro , Andy Richter, Barbra Streisand and other celebrities paid tribute to him on Thursday. “I can’t take it easy (…) I enjoy working. I love to work with good people. I have more fun when I’m working,” James Caan once said.