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James Caan is an American actor.

Early life

Caan was born in The Bronx, New York City, the son of Sophie (née Falkenstein) and Arthur Caan, Jewish immigrants from Germany. His father was a meat dealer and butcher. One of three siblings, Caan grew up in Sunnyside, Queens, New York City. He was educated in New York City, and later attended Michigan State University. He later transferred to Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, but did not graduate. While studying at Hofstra University, however, he became intrigued by acting and was interviewed for, accepted to, and graduated from, New York City's Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. There, one of his instructors was Sanford Meisner. He studied at the school for five years.


Caan did a lot of acting in 1961-1969, 1970-1981, and 1982-1986. He also did roles in T.V. shows like Comeback and Las Vegas. In his recent years, Caan played the President of the United States in the 2008 film Get Smart, and had a part in the movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs as the voice of the father of the lead character, Flint. In 2012, Caan was a guest-star on the re-imagined Hawaii Five-0, playing opposite his son, Scott Caan who plays Danny "Danno" Williams. As of 2010 Caan is Chairman of an Internet company, Openfilm, intended to help upcoming filmmakers.



  • Caan plays Walter Hobbs in the Elf movie.
  • Caan played a role in The Godfather movie.
  • Caan was given nicknames like Jimmy Caan or Jimmy Cahn.
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