James Edmund Caan (born March 26, 1940) is an American actor. He is best-known for his roles of Santino "Sonny" Corleone in 1972's The Godfather, Paul Sheldon in Stephen King's Misery, 'Big' Ed Deline in Las Vegas, and his role as Will Ferrell's father in Elf.
Caan is also well-known for his role as NFL player Brian Piccolo in the 1971 TV movie Brian's Song, co-starring Billy Dee Williams; it's been noted that this film is one of only two sports movies (the other being Field of Dreams) that is capable of making grown men cry.
Actually lived in the Playboy Mansion for a brief period in the 1970s. Through the '60s and '70s he was the roommate, friend and frequent costar of Robert Duvall.
- El Dorado (1966) — "Mississippi"
- The Rain People (1969) — Jimmy Kilgannon
- Brian's Song (1971) — Brian Piccolo
- The Godfather (1972) — Sonny Corleone
- Funny Lady (1975) — Billy Rose
- The Killer Elite — Mike Locken
- Rollerball (1975) — Jonathan E
- Silent Movie (1976) — Himself (cameo)
- A Bridge Too Far (1977) — Sgt. Eddie Dohun
- Thief (1981) — Frank
- Alien Nation (1988) — Matthew Sikes
- Dick Tracy (1990) — Spud Spaldoni
- Misery (1990) — Paul Sheldon
- Honeymoon in Vegas (1992) — Tommy Korman
- Bottle Rocket (1996) — Mr. Henry
- Eraser (1996) — U.S. Marshal Robert Deguerin
- Bulletproof (1996) — Frank Colton
- Mickey Blue Eyes (1999) — Frank Vitale
- The Way of the Gun (2000) — Joe Sarno
- Dogville (2003) — The Big Man
- Las Vegas (TV series, 2003-07) — "Big Ed" Deline
- Elf (2003) — Walter Hobbs
- Get Smart (2008) — The President
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs — Tim Lockwood (voice)
- That's My Boy (2012) — Father McNally
- Back in the Game (TV series, 2013) — Terry "The Cannon" Gannon Sr.