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Actor James Caan gave an Oscar-nominated performance as Sonny Corleone in Coppola’s The Godfather and played a writer held hostage in Stephen King’s Misery.
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the controversial sports drama The Program (1993) with Halle Berry and big-budget action films like Eraser (1996) with Arnold Schwarzeneggar. Caan continued to fare well in the coming-of-age independent film Bottle Rocket (1996) and the dark comedy Mickey Blue Eyes (1999).
In 2000, Caan demonstrated his resilience and vitality by appearing with some of Hollywood's most promising up-and-coming actors in the modern-day western The Way of the Gun (with Juliette Lewis, Ryan Phillippe and Benicio del Toro) and The Yards (with Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix and Charlize Theron). He starred with Brian Dennehy in the TV movie Warden of Red Rock and completed production on the thrillers In the Shadows and Beneath the Banyan Trees, which marked the directorial debut of actor Matt Dillon.
Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Caan's personal life was surrounded by controversy. Following widespread rumors of drug abuse, he was arrested three times -- twice for assault and once for allegedly threatening rapper Derek Lee with a gun.
Caan has been married four times: to dancer DeeJay Mathis; to model Sheila Ryan; to pastry chef Ingrid Hayjek; and most recently to Linda Stokes, the couple filed for divorced in 2005. He has one daughter and four sons from his various relationships.
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