James Caan, star of “The Godfather,” “Elf” and “Misery,” died earlier this July due to heart problems.
According to the actor’s death certificate obtained by TMZ, Caan died of a heart attack and coronary artery disease. He was 82 years old.
The certificate says James also suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD, and congestive heart failure.
The death certificate says James died at 9:02 p.m. at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. He has since been buried in Eden Memorial Park, the final resting place for many celebrities.
Star of ‘The Godfather’ James Caan passes away at the age of 82
Here’s the statement from his family: “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.”
Caan played Santino “Sonny” Corleone in The Godfather.
Just four months ago, Caan spoke about the legendary impact of 1972’s “The Godfather” with The Post, sharing, “One of the things that made ‘The Godfather’ such a success, besides brilliant direction and script and wonderful actors…was that everybody really enjoyed doing that, and that comes out on the screen and I think the audience can tell we were having a good time doing what we were doing up there.”
James appeared in the 1960s films “Lady in a Cage” (1964), “El Dorado” (1967), and “Journey to Shiloh,” as well as guest starring on the television shows “Route 66” (1961), “The Untouchables” (1962), “Dr. Kildare” (1963), “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour” (1964), and “Get Smart” (1969). Caan co-starred in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Rain People” in 1969 alongside Shirley Knight and Robert Duvall. The following year, he portrayed the title character in “Brian’s Song,” which won four Emmys and a Peabody Award.
Caan played Sonny Corleone in Coppola’s “The Godfather” in 1971, which earned James, Robert Duvall, and Al Pacino Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor. He appeared in “Slither,” “Cinderella Liberty,” and 1974’s “The Gambler,” which both garnered him Golden Globe nominations, after his Academy Award-nominated performance.