James Caan Biography

Updated On Feb 27, 2019 Published On Dec 26, 2016
Facts of James Caan
Date of Birth: 1940 , March-26
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 9 Inch
Name James Caan
Birth Name James Edmund Caan
Nick Name Jimmy Caan
Father Arthur Caan
Mother Sophie Caan
Nationality American
Birth Place/City The Bronx, New York City
Ethnicity White
Profession Actor
Working For Movies and TV shows
Net Worth N/A
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Salt and Pepper
Married Yes
Married to Dee Jay Mattis (1960–66; divorced) Sheila Marie Ryan (1976–77; divorced) Ingrid Hajek (1990–95; divorced) Linda Stokes (1995–2009; divorced)
Children 5
Divorce Yes
Education Harvard University ,University of East London ,Harvard Business School
Movies The Waiting
TV Show Back in the Game
Siblings Ronnie Caan, Barbara Caan
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James Caan is an American actor of the 70s. He is best known for his roles in movies like The Glory Guys, The Gambler, A Bridge Too Far, and many more. James is best known for playing the role of Sonny Corleone in the film The Godfather (1972).

James Caan's early age

James Caan was born as James Edmund Caan on the 26th March 1940 in New York City to parents Arthur Caan and Sophie Caan. Caan belongs to American nationality and white ethnicity.

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Caan was educated in New York City and later enrolled at the Michigan State University. James Caan also attended Hofstra University and later graduated from Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.

James Caan's career

James Caan started his career in the year 1961 with the role of Marty Feketi in the TV show, Naked City.

Since the start of his career, James Caan has appeared in movies like Funny Lady, Misery, Thief, Bottle Rocket and many others.

He is best known for portraying the character of Sonny Corleone in the movie The Godfather, starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino.

James Caan has recently worked in films like Out of Blue, starring Patricia Clarkson and Jacki Weaver, Holy Lands, featuring Tom Hollander, to name a few.

James Caan's personal life

James Caan still looks handsome despite his growing age. Caan has been married four times and has been unsuccessful with his all marriages. He first got married to Dee Jay Mathis in 1960.

But their married life didn’t go well and they got divorced in 1966. Then James Caan married second time with Sheila Marie Ryan in 1976 but unfortunately, they divorced in 1977 after giving birth to famous Hollywood actor Scott Cann.

His third wife is Ingrid Hajek, they were married  1990 but they separated in the year 1995. After his unsuccessful three marriage, he got married to Married Linda Stokes in 1995 but James Caan did not continue their marriage life and divorced in 2009. Caan is the father of five children. 

James Caan's net worth

James Caan's net worth is estimated at $40 million. His salary from the film The Godfather was $35,000 and from its sequel was $35,000.

His salary from the TV show Back in the Game was $75,000 for every episode.

The price of his five-bedroom house located in Beverly Hills was $2.25 million, which he later sold in the year 2015 at the price of $3.8 million.

James Caan's body measurements

His height is 5 feet and 9 inches (176 cms) and his body weight about 70 kgs (154 lbs).

James Caan facts on timeline

in the Bronx New York

March 26 , 1940

James Caan was born as James Edmund Caan on March 26, 1940, to parents of a Jewish immigrant from Germany, Sophie (née Falkenstein) and Arthur Caan in the Bronx, New York. He rose up with his three siblings in Sunnyside, Queens, New York City. 

won award for TV Land Award


James Caan was awarded by the TV Land Blockbuster Movie of the Week award in the year of 2006. Caan was nominated for anAcademy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the film, competing with co-stars  Robert Duvall and Pacino.

with Dee Jay Mathis


James Caan has been married  four times in his life but all of his weddings have turned out to be a failure. He first got married to Dee Jay Mathis  in the year of 1960. The couple has been blessed with  a daughter, Tara  named, who was born in 1964.

with Dee Jay Mathis


James Caan got married to  Dee Jay Mathis. But the couple separated with a divorce in 1966. The divorce action was finalized with some spousal support and alimony provided to Mathis. The couple has a daughter named Tara Caan together born in 1964. Their daughter Tara is now 52 years old.

with Sheila Caan


Then James Caan married second time with Sheila Caan in the year  1976.  She is a former girlfriend of  Elvis Preslely they divorced the following year.Their son, named, Scott Caan, who also is an actor, was born August 23, 1976.

with Sheila Caan


The two were married in 1976 but the couple did not continue their marriage life and decided to separate in the year of 1977. Their son, named, Scott Caan, who also is an actor, was born August 23, 1976.

with Ingrid Hajek


James Caan's third wife is Ingrid Hajek, The couple tied to knot in the year 1990. The couple has been blessed with one son named,  Alexander James Caan, who was born in the year of 1991.

with Ingrid Hajek


James Caan and Ingrid Hajek were married in the year 1990 but they separated in the year 1995.The couple has been blessed with one son named,  Alexander James Caan, who was born in the year of 1991.

James Caan has a net worth of $40 million


As of 2019, actor James Caan has an estimated net worth of $40 million.

with Married Linda Stokes


The couple married in 1995 but the couple separated after spending 14 years on married life together. They finally divorced in 2009. The couple has been blessed with two sons named, James Arthur Caan (born 1995) and Jacob Nicholas Caan (born 1998).