James Caan: From A Mobster To A Romance Writer

By Linda Speckhals
With John Wayne in El Dorado. Source: (MUBI).

James Caan has had quite the career, appearing not only in more than 70 films, but also acting on stage and on television. James Caan was born in the Bronx and grew up in Queens. His parents were Jewish immigrants from Germany, and his father worked as a meat dealer and butcher. He began college at Michigan State University and transferred to Hofstra, where his classmates included Francis Ford Coppola, but Caan did not graduate. He did, however, graduate from New York City’s Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater, after studying there for five years.