James Caan was born in the year 1940 on March 26th to his parents Arthur Caan and Sophie. He was born in Bronx, New York but spend his childhood years in Sunnyside, Queens, New York City with his siblings. He belonged from a lower middle class family and has grew up as a Jewish. The only earning member of their family was his father, who worked as a butcher as well as a meat dealer.
His mother took care of the home. His father earned just enough to provide them with food and education so it was not possible for him to enjoy all the luxuries of life. He received education from a local school in the New York City with his siblings. The school did not have much facilities or the opportunity for any co-curricular activities. He never dreamt of becoming an actor in the future because he hardly had any scope for it. He was interested in outdoor sports and indoor sports from early childhood.
James Cann was an active member in the football team of his school. He also took great interest in tennis and cricket but his family did not have enough money to fund his extra-curricular activities. He scored very good grades during his high school days and has also received scholarships to continue his further education from the Michigan State University.
When his family settled in Hempstead, he took a transfer to the Hofstra University to carry on with his bachelor's education. When in the university, he developed a passion towards music. His friends encouraged him to pursue acting as his profession in the future. He left his bachelor's education midway and pursued acting from the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.
When he was pursuing acting, he appeared in many theatre shows and short films. He was one of the favourite students of Sanford Meisner, his instructor during his university days. In the year 1961, he appeared in Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole in a supporting role. After this, he made several appearances in many television series like Dr. Kildare, The Untouchables, Route 66, Ben Casey, Naked City, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Combat!, Alcoa Premiere, Kraft Suspense and The Wide Country. He achieved much fame from these television appearances and after that, he was seen in supporting roles in the films Lady in a Cage, Red Line 7000, Channing.
He also appeared in the films like El Dorado, The Godfather, Ima Ia Douce, Journey to Shiloh, Slither, Countdown, Games, Funny Lady, The Gambler, The Killer Elite, Kiss Me Goodbye, Chapter Two, Cindrella Part II, Alien Nation, North Star, Dick Tracy, Bulletproof, The Yards, Eraser, Dogville, Mercy, Get Smart, Detachment, Mercy, A Fighting Man, Middle Men, Sicilian Vampire, Blood Ties, The Good Neighbor, The Outsider, Gone with the West, A Bridge Too Far, Luckytown, Wisegal, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, That’s My Boy and many more.
Last Modified: Mar 8, 2020