Actor James Cann – widely known for his role as Sonny Corleone in 1972 classic The Godfather, and Brian Piccolo in the 1971 sports film Brian’s Song has died. He was 82 years old.
Cann has had a decades long career beginning in the 1960s. But it was 1972’s The Godfather when he would breakout as his role of Sonny Corleone. He was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor as well as a Golden Globe. He would later reprised the role in ‘Godfather II. Prior to that, Caan played Brian Piccolo in Brian’s Song.Other films include: Howard Hawks’s El Dorado (1966), Robert Altman’s Countdown (1967), Francis Ford Coppola’s The Rain People (1969), Cinderella Liberty (1973), The Gambler (1974), Funny Lady (1975) Rollerball (1975), A Bridge Too Far (1977), Alan J. Pakula’s Comes a Horseman (1978), Thief (1981), Gardens of Stone (1987), Misery (1990), Dick Tracy (1990), Bottle Rocket (1996), The Yards (2000), Dogville (2003) and Elf (2003).
Caan was married four times and is survived by five children, including the actor Scott Caan.
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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