‘The Godfather,’ ‘Elf’ Actor Dies at 82

Goodbye to a film icon. James Caan has passed away at the age 82.

The Oscar nominee’s family announced the news in a statement shared via TwitterThursday, July 7. “It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Jimmy on the evening of July 6,” the statement read. “The family appreciates the outpouring of love and heartfelt condolences and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”

It was not immediately known what caused the death.

Caan, who was born in The Bronx, New York, in 1940, was best known for his portrayal of Santino “Sonny” Corleone in 1972’s The Godfather. His performance earned him a nomination for best supporting actor at the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes. He reprised the role in 1974’s The Godfather Part IIThe film ends with him appearing in a cameo.

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