James Caan, the legendary actor made famous for his roles in films like “The Godfather,” Brian’s Song” has died.

This was just posed on James’ twitter account — “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.”

Caan’s breakout role came in 1972, when he played Sonny on “The Godfather.”  He was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor as well as a Golden Globe.

He reprised the role in “Godfather II.”

Before “Godfather” Caan played Brian Piccolo in “Brian’s Song.”

James was in numerous movies … including “Misery,” “Dick Tracy” and “Elf.”

Caan was born of the Bronx … the son of Jewish immigrants from Germany.  His dad was a butcher.

James played football at Michigan State University.

Caan was a fixture at the Playboy Mansion in the 70’s and 80’s … he loved to party and was never shy about speaking his mind.

He has 5 kids, including Scott, an actor himself who starred in “Hawaii 5-0.”

James was married most recently to Linda Stokes from 1995 – 2009.

James was 82. RIP

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