James Caan, an onscreen tough guy and movie craftsman, has died at 82

James Caan, an onscreen tough guy and movie craftsman, has died at 82

James Edmund Caan was an athletic kid from the Bronx, the son of German-Jewish

immigrants who grew up to play tough movie guys: sailors, football players

gangsters and was one of the most recognizable screen actors of his era.

He died on July 6, according to a post on his official Twitter account. No further details were available.

(which earned him Oscar and Emmy nominations, respectively)

Caan lent an eminently watchable machismo to dozens of films and shows

In Misery, he was a famous author held captive by Kathy Bates

 In Gardens of Stone, he was a heartsick Vietnam vet reluctantly guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

 In Elf, he played against type as a failing children's book publisher who is also the main character's dad.

After starting in theater and television, Caan burst into Hollywood like a comet, appearing in films by some of the most renowned auteurs of the era

His burst of early success led to a period of difficulty, both personal and professional

Caan married and divorced several times, got into on-set arguments and publicly struggled with substance abuse and depression.

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