Who is James Caan?

James Caan is a well-known American actor who has been seen working on his acting career since the year 1961.

Quick Info
Full NameJames Edmund Cann
Date of Birth26 March 1940
Birth PlaceThe Bronx, New York, the U.S.
Parent(s)Arthur Caan, and mother, Sophie Caan
Partner(s)/Spouse(s)Dee Jay Mathis(m.1961, div.1966)
Sheila Marie Ryan(m.1976, div.1977)
Ingrid Hajek(m.1990, div.1994)
Linda Stokes
ChildrenTara , Scott Caan, Alexander James Caan, James Arthur Caan and Jacob Nicholas
Net Worth$20 million

Spouse, Children, and Family

James Caan, whose real name is James Edmund Cann, was born on 26 March 1940 in The Bronx, New York, the U.S. as the son of his father, Arthur Caan, and mother, Sophie Caan. His father used to be a meat dealer and butcher. He has one brother, Ronnie Caan, and one sister, Barbara Caan.

Caan married four times where he first married in 1961 to Dee Jay Mathis where they gave birth to their daughter, Tara in the year 1964 but, divorced in 1966. After that, he married Sheila Marie Ryan in the year 1976 but they divorced the next year of their marriage. They also gave birth to their son, Scott Caan together on 23 August 1976. Later, in 1990, he married Ingrid Hajek and gave birth to their son, Alexander James Caan in 1991 and divorced in 1994.

On October 7, 1995, he married Linda Stokes where they both gave birth to their sons, James Arthur Caan in 1995 and Jacob Nicholas Caan in 1998. They were also divorced in 2017.

Age, Height, Weight

James Caan holds an American nationality and belongs to the ethnicity of Askenazi Jewish. Currently, he is 80 years old with a height of 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) and a weight of 72 kg. He has got gray hair with blue eyes. As he was born on 26 March, his zodiac sign is Aries.

james caanEarly Life and Education

Earlier, James Caan spent his childhood in Sunnyside, Queens and he was educated in New York City. After that, he went to attend Michigan State University but later, he was transferred to Hofstra University. He didn’t complete his graduation so that he was not graduated. When he was in this university he became interested in acting and he also gave an interview and he was also accepted. After that, he went to attend Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre from where he did his graduation where he studied for five years.


James Caan started his career by appearing in plays including “La Ronde” and “Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole”.

Television Career

Caan started his television career after he had been cast on an American adventure crime drama television series “Route 66” in 1961. After that, he was cast as German Sergeant on an American television drama series “Combat!” on an episode “Anatomy of a Patrol” in 1964. Likewise, he was cast on several series and television movies like “Get Smart”, “NewsRadio”, “Warden of Red Rock”, “A Glimpse of Hell”, “Blood Crime” and “Las Vegas”.

In the year 2010, James Caan was seen proving his voice over the character Jalapeno on an American live-action animated comedy web series “Annoying Orange”. After that, he was also seen appearing as tony Archer on an American action police procedural television series “Hawaii Five-0” in 2012. Later, in 2013, he was cast as Sy Berman on an American drama television series “Magic City” 2013.

In the same year, he was seen playing the role of terry “The Cannon Gannon” on an American sitcom “Back in the Game”. In 2015, he was cast as Mr. Earnshaw in a television movie “Wuthering High School” and then, in the year 2016, he was seen appearing in an American Western drama movie “JL Ranch”.

james caanMovies Career

James Caan started his film career after he had been cast on an American romantic comedy movie “Irma la Douce” in 1963. After that, he was cast as Randall Simpson O’Connell in an American psychological thriller movie “Lady in a Cage” in 1964. Later, he was also seen appearing in an American western movie “The Glory Guys” in 1965 for which, he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year –Actor.

Further, he was cast on several movies like “Red Line 7000”, “El Dorado”, “Countdown”, “Games”, “Submarine X-1”, “Journey to Shiloh”, “The Rain People”, “Brian’s Song”, “Rabbit, Run”, “T.R. Baskin”, “The Godfather”, “Slither”, “Cinderella Liberty”, “The Gambler”, “Freebie and the Bean”, “The Godfather Part II”, “Gone with the West” and “Funny Lady”. In 1975, he was seen playing the role of Jonathan E. on a science fiction sports movie “Rollerball” for which he had won Saturn Award for Best Actor.

Besides, James Caan was seen appearing as Mike Locken in an American action thriller movie “The Killer Elite in 2075. Likewise, he was seen in the movies such as “Silent Movie”, “Harry and Walter Go to New York”, “A Bridge Too Far”, “Another Man, Another Chance”, “Comes to a Horseman”, “1941”, “Chapter Two”, “Hide in Plain Sight”, “Thief”, Kiss Me Goodbye”, “Les Uns et Les Autres”, “Gardens of Stone”, “Alien Nation”, “Dick Tracy”, “Misery”, “The Dark Backward”, “For the Boys”.

Honeymoon in Vegas”, “The Program”, “Flesh and Bone”, “A Boy Called Hate”, “Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead”, “North Star”, “Bottle Rocket”, “Eraser”, “Bulletproof”, “Howard Hawks: American Artist”, “Poodle Springs”, “This Is My Father”, “The Yards”, “Luckytown”, “The Way of the Gun” and “Viva Las Nowhere”.

Later, in 2001, he was seen playing the role of Lance Huston in a thriller movie “In the Shadows” and in that year, he was also cast as Prison Warden on an American crime drama movie “Night at the Golden Eagle”. Further, he was seen appearing in the movies like “City of Ghosts”, “Dogville”, “This Thing of Ours”, “Jericho Mansions”, “Elf”, “Santa’s Slay”, “Wisegal”, “Get Smart”, “New York, I Love You”, “Middle Men”, “Mercy”, “Something, Something, Something, Darkside”.

“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”, “Henry’s Crime”, “Minkow”, “Detachment”, “Small Apartments”, “That’s My Boy”, “Blood Ties”, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2”, “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”, “The Outsider”, “A fighting Man”, “Preggoland”, “The Throwaways”, “Sicilian Vampire”, “The Good Neighbor”, “The Red Maple Leaf”.

In 2017, he was seen playing the role of Grandpa in a Canadian action-comedy movie “Under Grandpa” and in the same year, he was also cast as Harry Rosenmerck on the French-Belgian comedy-drama movie “Holy Lands”. Later, he was also seen in a crime drama movie “Out of Blue” in 2018. Further, he will be seen as Dan Simpson in an upcoming American comedy movie “Welcome to Pine Grove!”.

james caanNet Worth

The estimated net worth of James Caan is $20 million.