A statement on Twitter said: “It is with great sadness that we inform you that Jimmy passed away on the evening of July 6th.
“The family appreciates the outpouring of love and heartfelt condolences and asks that you continue to respect their privacy at this difficult time.”
Here’s everything you need to know about him.
Who Was James Caan?
Born in March 1940 in the Bronx, New York, Caan initially wanted to play American football but developed an interest in acting while attending college.
His breakthrough came in The Godfather, which also earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
The veteran actor’s other notable roles include Brian Piccolo – a Chicago Bears football player with cancer – in the sports drama Brian’s Song, for which he received an Emmy in 1972 for Outstanding Single Performance in a Leading Role.
In the 2003 family comedy Elf, Caan played Will Ferrell’s fictional biological father, Walter Hobbs. He also starred in the psychological thriller Misery, the action film Thief, and the hit crime thriller The Gambler.
Caan’s other film credits include Mickey Blue Eyes, Bulletproof and Honeymoon In Vegas.
The actor has been married four times – to Dee Jay Mattis, Sheila Ryan, Ingrid Hajek and most recently Linda Stokes.
Caan supported Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential campaign and described himself as “ultra conservative”.
What movies were you in?
In 1972’s The Godfather, James Caan played Sonny Corleone, the eldest son of mob boss Vito Corelone, in his first famous performance.
He received his Oscar nomination for this role, which he later reprized in The Godfather Part II.
Caan subsequently appeared in films such as Thief and A Bridge Too Far.
The actor is best known for starring opposite Kathy Bates in the 1990 version of the Stephen King novel Misery.
Caan continued to work in the 2000s, appearing in 2003’s Dogville and the popular Christmas film Elf.
British filmmaker Edgar Wright tweeted: “RIP to a true megawatt movie star, Mr. Jimmy Caan, star of not only The Godfather but also Thief, Misery, Freebie And The Bean, Slither, Rollerball, Bottle Rocket, Gardens Of Stone, The Way Of The Gun, Honeymoon In Vegas, Elf and many more.”
How did he die?
The cause of Caan’s death has not yet been clarified.
His family released a statement from his official Twitter account to let others know about his tragic death.
The statement read: “It is with great sadness that we inform you that Jimmy passed away on the evening of July 6th. The family appreciates the love and sincere condolences and asks that you continue to respect their privacy at this difficult time.”