The US actor James Caan, who was known for films like “The Godfather” and “Misery”, is dead. He died on Wednesday evening, as his family announced on Twitter on Thursday.

The US actor James Caan, known from the classic film “The Godfather”, is dead. He died at the age of 82, as his manager announced on Thursday. “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Jimmy on the evening of July 6th,” Caan’s family wrote on Twitter. Caan’s spokesman confirmed the death of the actor to the German Press Agency. The cause of death was not initially disclosed.

James Caan played Sonny Corleone in The Godfather

Caan was nominated for an Oscar for his role as the eldest son of a mafia family, Sonny Corleone, in the 1972 film epic directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

The actor, born in 1940 in the Bronx, New York, is also known for films such as “Misery”, “The Loner” and “Rollerball”. In the film “Misery,” based on the Stephen King thriller, he played a writer who falls into the hands of a cruel admirer, portrayed by Kathy Bates.