James Caan, ‘The Godfather’ and ‘Elf’ Star, Dies at 82

Legendary actor James Caan, known for his roles in “The Godfather,” “Elf,” and “Misery,” died on Wednesday, his family announced on Twitter. He was 82.

“It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Jimmy on the evening of July 6,” the statement read. “The family appreciates the outpouring of love and heartfelt condolences and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”

Caan’s breakout role as Sonny Corleone in 1972’s The Godfather earned him nominations for an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor.

He also received an Outstanding Lead Actor Emmy nomination for his portrayal of real-life football player Brian Piccolo, who died of cancer at age 26, in the TV movie Brian’s Song. Other credits include The Program, Funny Lady, Rollerball, and the TV series Las Vegas.

Following news of the Oscar and Emmy-nominated actor’s passing, tributes poured in on social media.