James Caan, Oscar nominee for ‘The Godfather,’ dies at 82

James Caan, the curly-haired tough guy known to movie fans as the hotheaded Sonny Corleone of “The Godfather”

And to television audiences as both the dying football player in the classic weeper “Brian’s Song” and the casino boss in “Las Vegas,” has died. He was 82.

His manager Matt DelPiano said he died Wednesday. No cause was given and Caan’s family, who requests privacy, said that no further details would be released at this time.

Al Pacino wrote in an emailed statement that, “Jimmy was my fictional brother and my lifelong friend

It’s hard to believe that he won’t be in the world anymore because he was so alive and daring.

A great actor, a brilliant director and my dear friend. I’m gonna miss him.”

Robert De Niro also wrote that he was, “very very sad to hear about Jimmy’s passing.”

Many of his collaborators also wrote condolences on Twitter on Thursday.

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