Ex-minor league baseball player; coach of The Angles
Terry Jr.'s dad; Danny's grandfather
The Cannon is an opinionated, beer-guzzling ex-athlete who never quite made the cut as a single father or professional baseball player. He's OK with putting up her daughter and grandson for a while, so long as they play by his rules. But deep down, he's got a heart... maybe.
One of the most versatile actors in motion pictures, James Caan is best known for his Academy Award-nominated performance as Sonny Corleone in The Godfather and for his Emmy-nominated portrayal of football star Brian Piccolo in Brian's Song.
Appearing in more than 50 feature films over the course of his career, Caan earned recognition in Rob Reiner's highly successful and critically acclaimed film, Misery, based on the novel by Stephen King, and in For the Boys, a romantic drama co-starring Bette Midler. He was also praised for his performance as a brain damaged football star in Francis Ford Coppola's The Rain People, earning the Best Actor Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival. In addition he received the Actor of the Year honor from the National Association of Theater Owners for his role in The Gambler.
Born in the Bronx and raised in Queens, New York, Caan knew early on that he did not want to follow in his father's footsteps and work in the family meat business. He entered Michigan State University at age 16 to study economics and play football. He later transferred to Hofstra University to study law, and during spring break was interviewed by and accepted to Stanford Meisner's Neighborhood Playhouse. Caan won a scholarship to study with Wynn Handman and went on to get the first four jobs he auditioned for in the theater. He began his stage career in the 1961 off-Broadway production of "La Ronde," and followed that with a powerful slate of guest appearances on virtually every major television series of the day.
Additional feature film credits include Cinderella Liberty, Funny Lady, A Bridge Too Far, Thief, T.R. Baskin, Slither, Silent Movie, Rollerball, The Killer Elite, Another Man, Another Chance, Comes a Horseman, Gardens of Stone, Alien Nation, Flesh and Bone, The Program, Honeymoon in Vegas, Eraser and Mickey Blue Eyes. Caan also starred in The Yards, for Miramax Films, opposite Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron; Artisan Entertainment's The Way of the Gun, with Benicio Del Toro; New Line Cinema's mega-hit comedy, Elf, with Will Ferrell; Lars von Trier's Dogville, co-starring Nicole Kidman; and the NBC drama Las Vegas. His most recent projects include a guest star appearance in several episodes of the Starz Channel series Magic City, as underworld boss Sy Berman, and co-starring with Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard and Billy Crudup in the indie drama, Blood Ties.
Caan made his directorial debut as well as starred in the critically acclaimed film Hide in Plain Sight.