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Rest in Peace James Caan

Actor and martial artists James Edmund Caan was born in the Bronx, New York, on March 26, 1940, and died on July 6, 2022

Actor and martial artist James Caan was born in the Bronx, New York, on March 26, 1940, and died on July 6, 2022 in Los Angeles, California, at the age 82. Married four times, Caan leaves five children, including actor, director, photographer, writer, and former rapper Scott Caan. 

James Caan was nominated for four Golden Globes, an Emmy, and an Oscar. In 1978 he was awarded a motion pictures star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His best known films include Brian's Song (1971), The Godfather (1972), Rollerball (1975), The Killer Elite (1975) A Bridge Too Far (1977), Thief (1981), Gardens of Stone (1987), Misery (1990), Dick Tracy (1990), Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead (1995), Bottle Rocket (1996), The Way of the Gun (2000), Dogville (2003), and Elf (2003). He last film roles was in Queen Bee (2021).

Less well known was that Caan was a lifelong martial artist. While his son Scott Caan earned a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the father was a student of Gosoku Ryu karate founder Takayuki Kubota for over 40 years. James Caan was a legitimate 6th-degree black belt in the art. He even appeared on the cover of Black Belt magazine in 1991. Martial arts and his sensei found their way into several of Caan's films.

Even without martial arts, Caan delivers one of the great beatdowns in cinematic history in The Godfather (1972), after his brother-in-law strikes his sister. A right hook clearly misses, but Caan didn't like actor Gianni Russo, and broke several ribs during this scene.

Here Caan practices strikes and takedowns in The Killer Elite (1975); several scenes involve legendary Chinese Martial Arts teacher Kuo Lien-ying.

Ironsides martial arts from Misery (1990).

This is a scene with Kubota from Bottle Rocket (1996).

In Bulletproof (1996), Caan brings it to the death.

Here Caan takes a comedic turn in That's My Boy (2012)