James Caan’s family has sadly confirmed that the Oscar-nominated actor passed away on July 6 at the age of 82. “The family appreciates the love and heartfelt condolences and asks that you continue to respect their privacy at this difficult time,” Caan’s family wrote on his Twitter account. “End of tweet,” they finished, referencing the hilarious way Caan initialed his posts.
And it’s true, when the news of his death broke, the ‘Godfather’ actor really did have a love bombardment, with many praising his legendary acting skills. “So sorry to hear the news,” fellow actor Rob Reiner tweeted. “I loved working with him. And the only Jew I knew who could pull rope with the best of them. Love for family.” One fan wrote, “One of the greatest to ever do this.”
Over the course of his decade-long career in the entertainment industry, Caan racked up a whopping 137 acting credits, according to his IMDb. What’s even more remarkable is that so many of those roles were iconic movie roles: Sonny in The Godfather, Paul in Misery, and Walter in Elf. In addition, Caan worked until his death; his latest film, Fast Charlie, is currently in post-production. He was certainly one of the most prolific and popular actors in Hollywood. So how much was he worth when he died?
James Caan has made a fortune from his acting career
James Caan’s career has been one most actors can only dream of. Caan immediately caused a sensation and impressed critics. After entering the industry in the 1960s, Caan received his first-ever acting award nomination—the Golden Globes—for his role in the film The Glory Guys. The Hollywood Reporter dubbed Caan the “Macho Leading Man of Hollywood,” and he continued to work until his death.
So it’s no surprise that Celebrity Net Worth estimated Caan’s net worth was $20 million. It’s fair to surmise that his wealth came from his immense dedication to the craft of acting, as he was focused on his film and television career and apparently wasn’t venturing out that much. Caan ended his life as a highly respected and loved actor.
“You just pray when you start out in this business that you get to the point where people recognize you or quote you,” Caan recalled to Cigar Aficionado in 2004. “I’ve had a lot of people say, ‘ Hey, your ankle okay?’ from ‘Misery’.” And as we look back on his career after his death, Caan will forever be immortalized in his iconic roles and long-standing legacy in Hollywood.