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    Born March 26, 1939, in the Bronx, NY, Caan decided to pursue a career in acting while attending college and in 1960 was accepted by Sanford Meisner into the Neighborhood Playhouse. After making his debut off-Broadway in I Roam, he landed in the Broadway production of Mandingo but exited after just four performances because of artistic difficulties with star Franchot Tone. Caan then landed in television, where he became a busy character actor; he made his film debut in an unbilled performance in 1963's Irma La Douce, followed by a meatier role in Lady in a Cage the following year. The 1965 Howard Hawks auto-racing drama Red Line 7000 was his first starring role, followed two years later by the Hawks Western El Dorado, which cast him opposite John Wayne and Robert Mitchum; in 1968, Caan starred in Robert Altman's Countdown, and in 1969, he appeared in Francis Ford Coppola's The Rain People.

    Caan shot to fame thanks to a poignant performance in the 1970 television movie Brian's Song, in which he played the ill-fated Chicago Bears star Brian Piccolo; his turn as the similarly ill-fated Sonny Corleone in Coppola's 1972 masterpiece The Godfather solidified his stardom and earned him an Academy Award nomination, but his subsequent films, including 1973's Slither and the next year's Freebie and the Bean, failed to live up to expectations. After earning a Golden Globe bid for his work in 1974's The Gambler, Caan briefly appeared in 1974's The Godfather Pt. 2 before co-starring with Barbra Streisand in the hit Funny Lady, followed by Norman Jewison's futuristic parable Rollerball. When both 1975's Sam Peckinpah thriller The Killer Elite and 1976's Harry and Walter Go to New York met with failure, Caan's career took a downward turn, and apart from cameo appearances in both Mel Brooks' Silent Movie and the star-studded A Bridge Too Far, he was largely absent from screens for a time. He also made any number of ill-considered decisions; he and Coppola were unable to come to terms for Apocalypse Now, and he also rejected roles in hits including One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Superman, and Kramer vs. Kramer.

    By the end of the decade, Caan's career had hit the skids, as projects including the 1978 Western Comes a Horseman (co-starring Jane Fonda) and the following year's Neil Simon drama Chapter Two all failed to live up to expectations. His directorial debut in 1980's Hide in Plain Sight fared no better, although Michael Mann's thriller Thief garnered a cult following; when 1982's Kiss Me Goodbye bombed, Caan disappeared from sight for the next five years. Finally, in 1987, Caan resurfaced, starring in Coppola's war drama Gardens of Stone; the next year's science fiction picture Alien Nation was a hit, as was his next major project, Rob Reiner's 1990 feature Misery. After 1991's For the Boys failed to connect with audiences, Caan spent much of the decade in prominent supporting roles which showcased his smart, edgy persona; among the more high-profile were 1992's Honeymoon in Vegas, 1996's Eraser, and the wonderful indie hit Bottle Rocket.


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    1963
      - Irma la Douce

    1964

      - Lady in a Cage

    1965

      - The Glory Guys
      - Red Line 7000

    1966

      - El Dorado

    1967

      - Games

    1968

      - Countdown
      - Journey to Shiloh
      - SSuubmarine X-1

    1969

      - The Rain People

    1970

      - Rabbit, Run

    1971

      - T.R. Baskin
      - Brian's Song

    1972

    1973

      - Cinderella Liberty

    1974

      - The Gambler
      - The Godfather: Part IIII<
      - Freebie and the Bean

    1975

      - Funny Lady
      - Rollerball
      - The Kiillller Elite

    1976

      - Gone with the West
      - Harry and Waltteerr Go to New York

    1977

      - A Bridge Too Far
      - Un autre homme,, uune autre chance

    1978

      - Superstunt

    1979

      - Chapter Two
      - 1941

    1980

      - Hide in Plain Sight

    1981

      - Thief
      - Les Uns et les autres

    1982

      - Kiss Me Goodbye

    1983

      - Les Uns et les autres (mini) (TV Serieess))

    1987

      - Gardens of Stone

    1988

      - Alien Nation

    1990

      - Dick Tracy
      - Misery

    1991

      - For the Boys
      - The Dark Backward>

      1992

        - Honeymoon in Vegas
        - Godfather Trillooggy: 1901-1980, The (V)

      1989

        - A Dry White Season

      1993

        - The Program
        - Flesh and Bone

      1996

        - Tashunga
        - Bottle Rocket
        - A Boyy CCalled Hate
        - Eraser
        - Bulletproof

      1998

        - This Is My Father
        - Poodle Springs

        2000

          - The Yards
          - Luckytown
          - The Way ooff the Gun

        2001

          - Warden of Red Rock
          - A Glimpse of HHeelll
          - Viva Las Nowhere
          - In the Shadows

        2002

          - Night at the Golden Eagle
          - Lathe of HHeaven
          - City of Ghosts
          - Blood Crime

        2003

          - Jericho Mansions
          - The Incredible MMrrss. Ritchie
          - Dogville
          - Dallas 362
          - This Thing of Ours
          - Las Vegas (TV Series)
          - Elf

        2004

          - Santa's Slay



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