James Caan (born March 26, 1940, The Bronx, New York) is an American actor. Caan's parents were Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany. He currently stars as "Big Ed Deline" on the NBC hit series, Las Vegas.
A graduate of New York City's Neighborhood Playhouse where one of his instructors was teaching legend Sanford Meisner, Caan began acting in television in such series as The Untouchables. His first substantial film role was as a menacing villain in the 1964 thriller Lady In A Cage. In 1967, Caan appeared in El Dorado with John Wayne. Caan first won praise for his role as a brain-damaged football player in The Rain People (1969), directed by Francis Ford Coppola. In 1971, Caan won even greater acclaim as dying football player Brian Piccolo in the television movie Brian's Song. The following year Coppola cast Caan as mobster Sonny Corleone in The Godfather, which also helped launch Al Pacino's career. For his role Caan was nominated for an Academy Award.