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Caan currently stars as "Big Ed Deline" on NBC's new and sensational drama series "Las Vegas". His reputation as a tough, Academy award winning and versatile actor makes perfect for his role as Las Vegas premier surveillance chief. Born in the Bronx and raised in Queens, New York, Caan decided early on in his life to forgo the family meat business in the pursuit of a higher education. He entered Michigan State University at the age of 16, and eventually transferred to Hofstra University to study law. However, during a spring break, Caan ventured away from education when he auditioned and was accepted to Sanford Meisner’s Neighborhood Playhouse. Beginning his stage career appearing in the off-Broadway production of “La Ronde,” Caan went on to make many notable television guest star appearances early on in his career on such series as “The Untouchables,” “Dr. Kildare” and “Get Smart.” Perhaps best known for his Oscar-nominated portrayal of Sonny Corleone in the classic “The Godfather,” his other feature-film credits include “For the Boys” (alongside Oscar-nominated Bette Midler), “A Bridge Too Far,” “Thief” “Rollerball,” “The Way of the Gun,” “The Program,” “Alien Nation,” “Honeymoon in Vegas” (opposite Nicolas Cage) and the critically acclaimed “Misery,” opposite Kathy Bates. Caan can be seen in the upcoming features “Elf” in which he co-stars with Will Ferrell, and Lars Von Trier’s “Dogville” opposite Nicole Kidman. Caan’s television credits include the movies “A Glimpse of Hell,” “Poodle Springs,” “Lathe of Heaven” and “The Warden of Red Rock.” Caan also garnered an Emmy Award nomination for his role as football star Brian Piccolo in the original “Brian’s Song.” He received a Best Actor Award from the Sebastian Film festival for his performance in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Rain People,” as well as the Actor of the Year honor from the National Associate of Theater Owners for “The Gambler.”
Caan currently resides in Los Angeles. He was born on March 26, 1939.
Viewers just can't lose with Las Vegas Collection
Las Vegas — Uncut & Uncensored: Season One, Universal Studios Home Entertainment. What happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, at least until NBC latched onto another Vegas series.
This one is a fast-paced romp starring James Caan as an ex-CIA super-spook turned casino security chief and Josh Duhamel as his protege/sidekick/point man, foiling sophisticated cheating schemes and squelching assorted bad guys while greasing the wheels for the highrollers. Helping out are the boss’ sexpot daughter (Molly Sims), the protege’s sexy childhood friend (Nikki Cox) and the clever new sexy casino host (Vanessa Marcil).
First season guest stars include Paris Hilton, Alec Baldwin, Dennis Hopper and Sugar Ray.
That first season is out this week on three double-sided DVDs "with additional new steamy scenes and high-rolling bonus features," including a "co-branded and action-packed minimovie" designed to promote some kind of Arena Football League thingummy starring team owners Jon Bon Jovi and John Elway. (The former is an ex-rocker-turned-actor and the latter is a retired Hall of Fame quarterback, in case you haven’t been keeping up.)
Despite the rather cheesy plotlines — two or three an episode — and some caricature-stereotype characters (like the hypocritical senator and the reporter who’s pursuing him), the show has been growing on me. The "steamy" extra scenes basically involve partial nudity to which even today’s network censors wouldn’t be partial, but nothing beyond a PG-13 rating.
Additional bonus material includes a behindthe-scenes featurette, audio commentaries from creators and actors on several episodes and a 45-minute "Sin City: A Hundred Years of Good Luck" documentary on the history of Las Vegas.
James Caan is a pro
"Las Vegas" star James Caan told Playboy magazine he's too old to even try to seduce his much-younger co-stars Nikki Cox, Vanessa Marcil and Molly Sims. "[But] listen, if I were young enough, none of them would stand a chance," he joked. "But I'd have to take all of them or none. I'm afraid that's the deal."
James Caan Mocks Duhamel After Faux Pas
Screen hunk Josh Duhamel is constantly teased by James Caan, after asking the veteran actor if he'd ever worked with Marlon Brando.
Duhamel was thrilled when he landed a role on TV show LAS VEGAS alongside Caan, but he admits his excitement caused him to forget that the actor had starred with Brando in classic movie THE GODFATHER.
He says, "On the Vegas set, when we first started working together, I asked James Caan if he had ever worked with Marlon Brando. He just kind of looked at me, and it took me a few seconds to realise that I had made their unbelievable error!
"I had asked this question not realising that they worked together in one of the greatest movies of all time! It was so embarrassing - and to this day, James won't let me live it down!"
James Caan Hospitalized After Ignoring Hernia
Movie veteran JAMES CAAN has been hospitalized after collapsing on the set of his new TV drama LAS VEGAS.
THE GODFATHER star reportedly ignored a hernia from roping cattle on his ranch and then doubled over when the pain became too much for him to bear two days later.
An on-set source says, "The make-up girl noticed that under the make-up, his face was as white as a sheet and sweat was making streak marks down his face.
"He was trying to do a scene, but JIMMY just grabbed his stomach, doubled over and knelt down on the ground."
The 63-year-old actor was taken to Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Hospital, where doctors performed an emergency hernia operation on him.
James Caan Can't Afford To Stop Working
Hollywood star James Caan is still working at 65 because his four marriages and five children mean he can't afford to retire.
The GODFATHER actor is currently working 12 hour days appearing in a TV series, LAS VEGAS, for the first time - and admits the long hours are a shock after a lifetime in feature films.
However, Caan needs to work to support his past relationships.
He explains, "It's something I'm still trying to get used to. I was up at 5am this morning and we work 12 hour days and more, so it's tough.
"But I have to work. With my four marriages and five kids, I can't afford to retire."
But, the OSCAR nominee - currently married to LINDA STOKES, who he has two young children with - refuses to regret his colourful past.
He says, "I very much believe in love - that's why I keep getting married. I'm really a diehard romantic. I think all marriages are beautiful.
"It's the living together afterwards that's kind of difficult!
"I'm doing good. I've been married for eight years now. It's a record for me, a hell of a record."
James Caan Slams Opinionated Actors
Veteran star JAMES CAAN thinks his fellow actors should stop offering their "self-important opinions."
The ELF actor believes that thespians serve no real purpose to the community, and as such, shouldn't act as if their thoughts count.
He rants. "The truth is, we serve less purpose to the community than the garbage collector.
"Actors have all this self importance, and the minute they have a platform, they think it's time to spout their views.
"Who cares? Who wants their opinions?"