Leo G. Carroll
Leo G. Carroll (October 25, 1892- October 16, 1972), was a British character actor in many films from the 1930s to the 1960s. He also appeared in the 1950s television series Topper and the 1960s series The Man from U.N.C.L.E and its spin-off, The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. Among the many films he appeared in were six Alfred Hitchcock films, including North By Northwest, Strangers on a Train and Spellbound.
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Among the many films he appeared in were six Alfred Hitchcock films, including North By Northwest, Strangers on a Train and Spellbound. His son Jacon was born in 1998. He also appeared in the 1950s television series Topper and the 1960s series The Man from U.N.C.L.E and its spin-off, The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. He married Linda Stokes in 1996. Carroll (October 25, 1892- October 16, 1972), was a British character actor in many films from the 1930s to the 1960s. His first, in 1976, to Sheila Ryan, was short lived, and they divorced the next year. Leo G. Caan has been married twice.
He continues to act on screen and on television. Amiable, down to earth and not afraid to tell it like it is, James Caan is a true gentleman, a tough guy with a heart of gold and a Hollywood survivor in every sense of the word. In 1999, Caan joined the ranks of Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum and Powers Boothe when he portrayed Phillip Marlowe in the HBO film Poodle Springs. He co-starred with Sarah Jessica Parker and Nicolas Cage and hilariously spoofed his "Sonny Corleone" character from The Godfather.
Caan made one of the most delightful films of his career in 1992 with the hit Honeymoon In Vegas. In 1988 and 1990, Caan starred in the popular films Alien Nation and Misery (co-star Kathy Bates won a Best Actress Oscar). He made a stirring return to film in 1987 when his old friend Francis Ford Coppola cast him as an Army Sergeant in Gardens Of Stone, a film that dealt with the effect of the Vietnam War on the homefront. From 1982 to 1987, Caan did not act in any films. He was suffering from depression over his sister's death, a growing problem with cocaine, and what he described as Hollywood burnout.
This film is today regarded as a film noir classic and Caan has often said it is the role he is proudest of next to The Godfather. The following year, Caan appeared in Thief, directed by Michael Mann, where he played a professional safe cracker. Despite critical praise, the film was not a hit. Caan was a devoted family man all his life and said this film was a powerful one about family love and values.
In 1980, Caan directed Hide In Plain Sight a film about a father searching for his children lost in the Witness Protection Program. His many films include Cinderella Liberty, Freebie and The Bean, The Gambler, The Killer Elite, Rollerball, Harry And Walter Go To New York, A Bridge Too Far, Comes A Horseman and Chapter Two (a play screenplay conversion by Neil Simon). He played a wide variety of roles and refused to be typecast as a mobster. From 1973 to 1982, Caan appeared in many Hollywood films.
For his role Caan was nominated for an Academy Award. The following year Coppola cast Caan as mobster Sonny Corleone in The Godfather, which also helped launch Al Pacino's career. In 1971, Caan won even greater acclaim as dying football player Brian Piccolo in the television movie Brian's Song. Caan first won praise for his role as a brain-damaged football player in The Rain People (1969), directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
In 1967, Caan appeared in El Dorado with John Wayne. Caan's first substantial film role was as a menacing villain in the 1964 thriller Lady In A Cage. Caan began acting in television in such series as The Untouchables. James Caan (born March 26, 1939, Bronx, New York) is an American actor.