‘Godfather’ Star James Caan Dead

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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Legendary actor James Caan, best known for his role in “The Godfather,” died Wednesday evening.

“It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Jimmy on the evening of July 6. The family appreciates the outpouring of love and heartfelt condolences and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time,” the actor’s Twitter account announced Thursday.

Caan, 82, was born in the Bronx and began appearing in off-Broadway in plays during the 1960’s. (RELATED: REVIEW: ‘The Offer’ Is An Outstanding Series About The Making Of ‘The Godfather’)

He gained widespread fame after starring alongside Al Pacino and Marlon Brando in “The Godfather” in 1972. Caan was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. Caan made a cameo appearance in “The Godfather Part II” in 1974.

Caan also starred in the 1990 film “Misery” which was based on Stephen King’s 1987 novel of the same name. Caan also had a memorable role in the 2003 hit Christmas film “Elf.”

It is not immediately clear how the actor died.