James Caan

HOLLYWOOD - DECEMBER 13: James Caan at the world premiere of "Ro

Caan in 2006, photo by s_bukley/Bigstock.com

Birth Name: James Edmund Caan

Place of Birth: The Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 26, 1940

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

James Caan is an American actor.

His parents, Sophie (Falkenstein) and Arthur Caan, were German Jewish immigrants. His mother moved to the U.S. in 1934.

James has 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). 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).

Sources: http://www.cigaraficionado.com

Genealogy of James Caan – https://www.geni.com

James Caan on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org


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6 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    excuse me but that pic..

  2. deadite says:

    Like him.

  3. sadie says:

    Interesting a Jewish guy playing an Italian in The Godfather.

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