Scott Caan

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Caan in 2011, photo by

Birth Name: Scott Andrew Caan

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 23, 1976

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Irish, German (mother)

Scott Caan is an American actor and musician. He is the son of actor James Caan and model Sheila Ryan (Sheila Marie Ryan). He has a daughter with his partner Kacy Byxbee.

Scott’s paternal grandparents were German Jewish immigrants. Scott’s mother had Irish and German ancestry.

Scott’s paternal grandfather was Arthur Caan (the son of Alex Caan and Bertha Mayer). Alex was born in Giesenkirchen, M├Ânchengladbach, D├╝sseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, the son of Edmo. Caan and Sophia Seligman. Bertha was born in Bad Kreuznach, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.

Scott’s paternal grandmother was Sophie Falkenstein (the daughter of Moses Falkenstein and Regina Niedermann/Neiderman/Niederman). Sophie came to the U.S. in 1934. Regina was the daughter of Simon Niedermann/Neiderman/Niederman and Rose.

Scott’s maternal grandfather is named Gordon Henry Ryan.

Scott’s maternal grandmother is named Ardeth Arlene Bitner.

Sources: Genealogy of Scott Caan –

Scott’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –

3 Responses

  1. cdonorab says:

    Correction. He is German as well. It looks like his mom was the daughter of Gordon Henry Ryan and Ardeth Arlene Bitner.

  2. andrew says:

    he played Casey Affleck’s brother in Ocean’s 11

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