Sylvester Stallone Gives Heartfelt Tribute To His ‘Good Friend,’ The Late James Caan

Sylvester Stallone called his late friend James Caan “one of a kind!” in a tribute to Caan who died at age 82 on Wednesday.

Stallone, 76, paid tribute to this “good friend” Caan on Friday, sharing a statement in his memory along with a few photos to Instagram after James died at age 82 on Wednesday.

Sylvester Stallone Gives Heartfelt Tribute To His ‘Good Friend,’ The Late James Caan

“I will miss my good friend and great actor, James Caan! Tough, Smart, a man’s man. One of a kind!” Stallone captioned the post.

Stallone and Caan first worked onscreen together in season 2 of NBC’s Las Vegas in 2005, in which Caan starred as Ed Deline. Most recently, the two appeared in the documentary Chuck Zito: An American Story.

Caan’s death was announced Thursday with a statement on his verified Twitter account. His cause of death was not immediately made available.

“It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Jimmy on the evening of July 6,” the statement read. “The family appreciates the outpouring of love and heartfelt condolences and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time. End of tweet.”

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Some of Caan’s most notable roles during his six-decade career, included The Godfather (1972), Misery (1990) and Elf (2003). He’s also starred in such films as Brian’s Song (1971), Cinderella Liberty (1973), The Gambler (1974), Rollerball (1975), Dick Tracy (1990), Bottle Rocket (1996) and Eraser (1996).

The iconic actor also earned several accolades throughout his illustrious career, including four Golden Globe nominations, as well as nods from both the Academy Awards and the Emmy Awards. In 1978, he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Caan spoke about how he “was always cast as Mister Tough Guy or Mister Hero” during an interview with The Independent in 2021, adding: “They wouldn’t let me do much else.”

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He had also mentioned how he wanted “to do some really good character stuff” before he died, explaining, “Henry Fonda always said he wanted to do a good picture before he passed away. He was never satisfied. I mean, I thought he did a couple of great pictures, you know?”

“But now I get what he meant,” he continued. “I really want to work. I taught an acting class for a couple of years here, which was fun and rewarding, but it’s not as much fun as doing it. I just want the opportunity, while I’m still walking, to do something that will have you calling me and saying, ‘Jimmy, that was really good.’ “

“If you know any directors, tell ’em I’m ready,” Caan added.

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