We saw it in The Godfather, by Francis Ford Coppola (1972) who revealed it, Rollerball, by Norman Jewison (1975), Elite Killer, by Sam Peckinpah (1975) or in Blood Ties, by Guillaume Canet (2019).

James Caan, one of the iconic faces of “New Hollywood” – the American film movement of the late 1960s to the beginning of the 1980s – died on Wednesday July 6, his family announced on his official Twitter account. He was 82 years old.

James Caan was born on March 26, 1940, in New York, into a Jewish family of German origin. His first physical education was transporting beef carcasses at 5 a.m. for his father, who worked in the wholesale meat market.

Young James Caan lives on the streets, plays gang leaders. Sport allows him not to become a professional thug. “I became an actor after trying everything else, basketball, football, street brawling, lifeguarding on the beaches, sports director at a summer camp… That’s where I discovered the pleasures pervert of comedy, ”he told Le Monde in 1988.

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