James Caan, 1940–2022

“I have run out of time. I have lost it all. So I can’t work fast enough to catch up. I can’t run fast enough to catch up. And the only thing that catches me up is doing my magic act.”

Rest In Paradise to the man, the myth, the legend, James Caan, who passed away this week at 82. Along with his career-best work in Michael Mann’s searing 1981 heist thriller Thief—from which I lifted the amazing quote up above—Caan also left an indelible impression in films as varied as Brian’s Song, The Godfather, Rollerball, Misery, and Elf, in a career spanning more than sixty years. Bronx-born, Queens-raised, and with no patience for Hollywood artifice, Caan carved out a career on his own idiosyncratic terms, and we were all the better for it. He may have finally run out of time, but his cinematic magic act will live on.

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