Birth Name: James Edmund Caan
Date of Birth: March 26, 1940
Place of Birth: The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Death: July 6, 2022
Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish
James Caan was an American actor. Among his roles were The Godfather, El Dorado, Countdown, Brian’s Song, Cinderella Liberty, The Gambler, Rollerball, A Bridge Too Far, Thief, Gardens of Stone, Dick Tracy, Misery, Eraser, This Is My Father, Mickey Blue Eyes, The Yards, Elf, Dogville, Queen Bees, and That’s My Boy.
His parents, Sophie (Falkenstein) and Arthur Caan, were German Jewish immigrants. His mother moved to the U.S. in 1934.
James had five children: a daughter with his former wife, Dee Jay Mathis; a son, actor Scott Caan, with his former wife, model Sheila Ryan; a son with his former wife Ingrid Hajek; and two children with his former wife Linda Stokes.
James’s paternal grandfather was Alex Caan (the son of Edmo Caan and Sophia Seligman/Seligmann). Alex was born in Giesenkirchen, Mönchengladbach, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
James’s paternal grandmother was named Bertha Mayer. Bertha was born in Bad Kreuznach, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.
James’s maternal grandfather was named Moses Falkenstein.
James’s maternal grandmother was named Regina Niedermann/Neiderman/Niederman (the daughter of Simon Niedermann/Neiderman/Niederman and Rose).
Genealogy of James Caan – https://www.geni.com
James Caan on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org