James Caan, beloved Hollywood actor best known for starring in The Godfather, Misery and Elf, died on July 6, 2022, according to a statement released on Twitter. Although Caan has been a fixture in the film industry for decades, much of his personal life remains a mystery even after his death. Caan is known to have been married and divorced four times throughout his life, although only one of those marriages lasted more than four years.
Caan is survived by his five children – Tara, Scott, Alexander, James and Jacob. The youngest two, James and Jacob, share the same mother, Caan’s newest wife (and longest-lasting marriage), Linda Stokes. Caan and Stokes married in 1995, although the year their marriage officially ended is not always clear. As far as we know, the couple separated sometime in the mid-2000s, and filed for divorce a few times over the years before officially ending the marriage in 2017, according to The Guardian.
For the three other women Caan married, those relationships are even more murky.
We don’t know much about James Caan’s four ex-wives
According to The Guardian, James Caan was married to Dee Jay Mathis from 1961 to 1966; Sheila Marie Ryan from 1975 to 1976; and with Ingrid Hajek from 1990 to 1994 before marrying Linda Stokes in 1995.
Unfortunately for the curious, there isn’t much information available about these exes or their relationships with Caan. We’ve managed to round up an old Getty picture that showed Caan and Mathis together in 1966. As for wife number two – we know that before she married Caan, Sheila Ryan was a Playboy model and former lover of Elvis Presley, according to Elvis Australia. She was also the mother of Scott Caan, the only one of Caan’s five children who followed him into acting.
The hardest part was unearthing reliable information about Caan’s third wife, Ingrid Hajek. The best we can say for sure is that she existed and that she is the mother of one of Caan’s children. He lived as a legend and his life, private as it may have been, will always be remembered.