Longtime actor James Caan, best known for his role as Sonny in The Godfather, has died.

The American actor James Caan (1940-2022) is dead. He died yesterday, Wednesday, as explained in a tweet on behalf of the family. The longtime movie star’s cause of death is unknown.

“It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Jimmy on the evening of July 6th,” read a Twitter post shared through the actor’s account. The family would like to thank you for your sympathy, but ask that you respect your privacy “during this difficult time”.

From “The Godfather” to “Misery”

Caan was born in New York in 1940. He also acted in the theatre, but was seen in TV and film roles for the first time in the early 1960s. He has played numerous characters over the years. The world will probably remember him as Sonny Corleone from Francis Ford Coppola’s (83) mafia classic “The Godfather” alongside Al Pacino (82) and Marlon Brando (1924-2004).

He received an Oscar and Golden Globe nomination for the role of Sonny. He was nominated for an Emmy for “Friends Till Death.” He is also known from productions such as the Stephen King film “Misery” or “Spieler ohne Skrupel”, for which he was also nominated for a Golden Globe.

James Caan was married a total of four times, but all marriages ended in divorce. A total of five children emerged from his relationships, including his son Scott Caan (45), who is also an actor.