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James Edmund Caan (1940 - 2022)

James Edmund Caan
Born in Bronx, New York, United Statesmap
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Husband of [private wife (1940s - unknown)]
Husband of — married 1976 (to 1977) [location unknown]
Husband of [private wife (1960s - unknown)]
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Father of [private daughter (1960s - unknown)], , [private son (1990s - unknown)], [private son (1990s - unknown)] and [private son (1990s - unknown)]
Died at age 82 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United Statesmap
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James Edmund Caan was born on 26 March 1940 in the Bronx, New York City, New York, USA. His parents were Jewish immigrants from Germany - Sophie Falkenstein (1915–2016) and Arthur Caan (1909–1986), a meat dealer and butcher.

He was one of three siblings and grew up in Sunnyside, Queens, New York City, New York, USA.

He attended Michigan State University for two years. Unable to make the football team, he transferred to Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, USA, but did not graduate.

After studying for 5 years, he graduated from New York City's Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.

He was an American film actor who came to prominence for playing his signature role of Sonny Corleone in "The Godfather" (1972). He was nominated for several awards, including four Golden Globes, an Emmy, and an Oscar. In 1978 he was awarded a motion pictures star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

He was married and divorced 4 times and had 5 children.[1]

He was a practicing martial artist and trained for nearly 30 years, earning various ranks. He was a Master (6 Dan) of Gosoku Ryu Karate and was granted the title of Soke Dai by the International Karate Association. He also took part in steer roping at rodeos and referred to himself as the "only Jewish cowboy from New York on the professional rodeo cowboy circuit".

Caan described himself as "ultra conservative" and said he only watched Fox News. He supported Donald Trump during the 2016 United States presidential election.

He died at age 82 on 06 July 2022 in Los Angeles, California, USA.


  1. "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 ," database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:2:Q2PD-KVJ5 : 9 March 2021), Entry for James Edward Coan and Dorothy Jeanne Mattis, 08 Jul 1961; citing Halifax, North Carolina, United States, p. 25, North Carolina State Archives Division of Archives and History; FHL microfilm 317,212.
  • United States of America, Bureau of the Census; Washington, D.C.; Seventeenth Census of the United States, 1950; Record Group: Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790-2007; Record Group Number: 29; Residence Date: 1950; Home in 1950: New York, Queens, New York; Roll: 952; Sheet Number: 9; Enumeration District: 41-210
  • 1940 USA Census of Assembly District#2, Queens, New York City, Queens County, New York; on FamilySearch index and images (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KQPM-Y1W : accessed 02 Mar 2015) citing NARA#T627; roll#2726; ed#41-277; sheet#3A; family#112; which included ...
30 Caan Arthur, b: Germany
23 Caan Sophie, b: Germany (wife)
<1yr Caan James E., b: New York (son)
61 Caan Alex, b: Germany (father)
60 Caan Bertha, b: Germany (mother)
19 Caan Hans, b: Germany (brother).

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posted by Abby (Brown) Glann
Just announced that he died yesterday, July 6......
posted by Robin Lee
Updated date of death and opened profile for editing.