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Death of James Caan: Adam Sandler and Rob Reiner among the stars to pay tribute

Adam Sandler and Rob Reiner are just a few of the stars who have paid tribute to actor James Caan, who passed away at the age of 82.

The news of his death was announced by his family via the New York-born star’s official Twitter page. “It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Jimmy on the evening of July 6,” the tweet read.

Caan’s credits include The Godfather (1972), Stephen King adaptation misery (1990) and Christmas Movie Eleven (2003).

Adam Sandler – who worked with Caan on the 1996 buddy cop drama Bulletproof – paid tribute to Caan on Twitter, writing: “Loved him very much. Always wanted to be like him. So happy I met him. I never stopped laughing when I was around this man. His films were the best of the best. We will all miss him terribly. I am thinking of his family and sending my love.”

Actor and filmmaker Rob Reiner who cast Caan Misery, was similarly effusive, commenting, “So sorry to hear the news. I loved working with him. And the only Jew I knew who could rope with the best of them. All the best for the family.”

Jennifer Tilly, who starred in the 2003 film with Caan Jericho villasShe shared a personal announcement about the star. “James Caan always had the funniest stories,” she wrote. “He once told me Coppola had a habit of taking food off his plate and eating it, so one day he sandwiched very hot jalapeños between two pieces of buttered bread and waited out of Coppola’s slipstream.”

She continued, “Coppola roared out to direct the next scene, snatched the sandwich off the plate and gobbled it up. Immediately, tears began to spurt from his eyes and he began to scream, “What is this? What have you done to me?!’ And Jimmy said sheepishly, “Did I ask you to eat my sandwich?” I have?'”

Piers Morgan also paid tribute. “Brilliant actor – loved him as Sonny Corleone in The Godfather, such a wild, menacing, great performance,” he wrote. “I met him once at a party in LA and he was a very funny and extremely entertaining man. Sad news.”

This is spinal tap Actor Michael McKean simply commented, “RIP James Caan”.

Comedian Andy Richter, who continued to work with Caan Eleven, wrote: “Shocked. I was fortunate to work with him after a lifetime of loving his work and I loved him even more as a person. Funny, warm, self-deprecating and effortlessly talented. They say never meet your heroes, but he proved that very, very wrong.”

Alison Martino, daughter of Al Martino, who played Johnny Fontane alongside Caan The Godfatheralso paid tribute.

The Independent interviewed Caan last year.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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