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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rob Reiner and More Mourn James Caan: ‘I’ll Miss Him’



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The news of James Caan’s death was announced on Thursday, and many of his fellow performers in Hollywood are mourning the sad loss. Caan was a veteran of the big screen with dozens of roles dating back decades. The Misery and The Godfather star had still been active with multiple upcoming planned projects in the works, making his death seem just as shocking as it is saddening for those who love and look up to Caan. That includes many of his famous friends and fans.

James Caan w as an icon – a legend,” writes Arnold Schwarzenegger. “He inspired everyone who has ever been in front of a camera. I was lucky to work with him and see his talent and his fantastic sense of humor firsthand. He was a great training partner in the gym and a true friend, and I’ll miss him.”

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Jennifer Tilly shared this Caan story: “James Caan always had the funniest stories. Once he told me Coppola had the habit of grabbing food off his plate & eating it, so one day he made a sandwich with very hot jalapeños between two pieces of buttered bread, & waited outside Coppola’s airstream. Coppola came roaring out to direct the next scene, grabbed the sandwich off the plate & gobbled it down. Immediately tears started squirting out of his eyes & he started yelling ‘What is this? What did you do to me?!’ And Jimmy said meekly ‘Did I ask you to eat my sandwich? Did I?’”

“RIP James Caan,” says comedian Andy Richter. “Shocked. Was lucky enough, after a lifetime of loving his work, to get to work with him and I loved him as a person even more. Funny, warm, self-deprecating, and effortlessly talented. They say never meet your heroes, but he proved that to be very very wrong.”

“James Caan. Loved him very much,” says Adam Sandler, another big Caan fan. “Always wanted to be like him. So happy I got to know him. Never ever stopped laughing when I was around that man. His movies were best of the best. We all will miss him terribly. Thinking of his family and sending my love.”

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Brent Spiner, who played Data in the sci-fi show Star Trek: The Next Generation, tweeted, “I once passed James Caan in the commissary at Paramount Pictures. He looked me over in my Data makeup and uniform and uttered just one word, ‘Working?’ Honored. RIP.”