James Caan is an American actor and director who has worked in the entertainment field since 1961. Initially, he did not have much interest in films and acting. Eventually, he developed an intense passion for serving in his university days and dropped out to attend Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. This actor came into the limelight by appearing in ‘Las Vegas sitcom where he played Ed Deline.

Apart from acting, he has also done several voice roles in movies such as ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ and The Tale of Princess Kaguya.’ Likewise, he has ventured into directing and has directed the drama flick ‘Hide in Plain Sight.’ Moreover, he is also known on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the American film industry.

Quick Info
Full NameJames Edmund Caan
ProfessionActor, director
Birth DateMarch 26, 1940
Birth PlaceNew York, United States
Parents NameArthur Caan
Sophie Caan
SpouseDee Jay Mathis (1961-1966)
Sheila Marie Ryan (1976-1977)
Ingrid Hajek (1990-1994)
Linda Stokes (1995-2017)
Net Worth 2020$20 million
Height5 feet and 9 inches (175cm/1.75m)
Weight72 kg (159lbs)

James Caan

Where was James Caan born?

James Edmund Caan was born on March 26, 1940, in New York, United States. His father, Arthur Caan, was a butcher, while his mother’s name was Sophie Caan. They were Jewish immigrants from Germany. He grew alongside his two siblings in Sunnyside, Queens. Presently, he is 80 years old with an Aries sun sign.

James Caan holds an American nationality, and as per his ethnicity, he belongs to White. However, his religious views are Jewish.

What are Caan’s physical stats?

James Caan stands 5 feet and 9 inches (175cm/1.75m) tall and weighs 72 kg (159lbs). He has an average body type measuring 38-32-14 inches, respectively. Moreover, he has a pair of blue colored eyes with grey hair color.

Where did James receive his education?

James Caan completed his schooling in New York City. For his further studies, he attended Michigan State University but again transferred to Hofstra University. However, he dropped out of his studies and focused on acting. Moreover, he also enrolled at New York City’s Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and studied there for five years.

Who are James Caan’s spouses?

Talking about his personal life, James has married four times. He married his first wife named Dee Jay Mathis, in 1961 and divorced in 1966. He has a daughter named Tara from his first marriage. Likewise, he then married Sheila Marie Ryan in 1976, but they separated in 1977. Sheila and James gave birth to a son named Scott Caan on August 23, 1976, also an actor. James then hitched with Ingrid Hajek in September 1990 and divorced her in March 1994. He had a son from his third marriage named Alexander James Caan, born in 1991.

Finally, his fourth marriage happened with Linda Stokes on October 7, 1995. They have two sons named James Arthur Caan, born in 1995, and Jacob Nicholas Caan, born in 1998. Sadly, they also divorced in 2017.

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How did James Caan begin his career in acting?

In an uncredited role, James Caan landed his debut film in the 1963 film ‘Irma la Douce.’ He then appeared in ‘Lady in a Cage’ in 1964, ‘ The Glory Guys Pvt. Anthony ‘ in 1965, for which he received a nomination from Golden Globe, and ‘El Dorado’ in 1967. Likewise, in his 1970s, he appeared in various films out of which some of the notable ones are ‘The Godfather’ where he played as Santino “Sonny” Corleone in 1972, ‘The Gambler’ in 1974, ‘The Godfather Part II’ in 1974 where he had a cameo role, ‘Funny Lady’ and ‘Rollerball’ in 1975. Moreover, he also appeared as David Williams in ‘ Another Man, Another Chance’ in 1977 and ‘Comes a Horseman’ as Frank Athearn in 1978. This actor also ventured into directing, and his debut directional film is ‘Hide in Plain Sight’ in 1980. Likewise, he then appeared in five movies in the 1980s.

Similarly, in 1990 he played the role of Paul Sheldon in ‘Misery’ for which he received a nomination from the Saturn Awards. James also appeared in ‘The Dark Backward’ in 1991, ‘Honeymoon in Vegas’ in 1992,’ Flesh and Bone’ in 1993, ‘A Boy Called Hate’ and ‘Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead’ in 1995. During the late 1990s, he played in eight different movies of different genres. James then appeared in films including ‘The Yards,’ ‘Luckytown,’ and ‘The Way of the Gun’ in 2000. He also had an uncredited role in the crime drama film ‘Night at the Golden Eagle’ in 2001. Moreover, he also became part of the avant-garde drama film ‘Dogville’ starring actors like Paul Bettany, Chloë Sevigny, Stellan Skarsgård, Udo Kier, Ben Gazzara, etc.


Between 2005 to 2009, James featured in eight different movies. He has an uncredited role in ‘Santa’s Slay’ in 2005, ‘Wisegal,’ ‘New York, I Love You’ in 2008,’ ‘Middle Men,’ ‘Something, Something, Something, Darkside,’ and ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ in 2009. Furthermore, in 2010 he appeared in films like ‘Henry’s Crime’ and ‘Minkow.’ He also played in the sequel film ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2’ in 2013, where he had a voice role. Moreover, he shared his voice alongside actors like Bill Hader, Will Forte, Andy Samberg, Terry Crews, Benjamin Bratt, and many more. This actor also featured in movies like ‘Preggoland’ in 2014, ‘Sicilian Vampire’ in 2015, ‘The Good Neighbor’ in 2016, and ‘ Undercover Grandpa’ in 2017. His recently played film is ‘Out of Blue’ in 2018, where he played Col. Tom Rockwell.

Talking about James’s television career, his debut TV role landed in the 1961 series ‘Route 66’ where he played Johnny. He then appeared in minor roles in series and landed roles in television films. They are ‘A Glimpse of Hell’ in 2001, ‘Blood Crime’ in 2002, ‘Wuthering High School’ in 2015, and ‘JL Ranch’ in 2016. Likewise, he received his fame when he played the role of Ed Deline in the comedy-drama series ‘Las Vegas’ which ran from 2003 to 2007. Moreover, he also had a voice role in ‘Annoying Orange’ in 2010. His last played television series is ‘Back in the Game’ in 2013.

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Has James won any awards?

James Caan has received a total of 21 nominations, out of which he has won 8 them. In addition, he won the Action on Film International Film Festival Award in 2016, Golden Train Award in 1972, Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003, and Golden Boot Awards in 2005. Moreover, he also received the Hollywood Film Award in 1999 under Outstanding Achievement in Acting. Additionally, he has also been honored with the Star on the Walk of Fame Award in 1978.

How much is the Net Worth of James Caan?

James Caan has already celebrated his golden jubilee in this field. This actor has gained name, fame, popularity and has earned a handsome amount of money. All his income comes from his professional acting career. James has an estimated net worth of about $20 million as of 2021.