James Caan, an onscreen tough guy and movie craftsman, has died at 82

The son of German-Jewish immigrants, James Edmund Caan was an active youngster

from the Bronx who grew up to play rough cinema characters such as sailors, football players, and gangsters.

He was one of the most well-known performers of his day.

According to a tweet from his official Twitter account, he passed away on July 6. No other information was available

Most notably recognized for his electrifying performances as Sonny Corleone in The Godfather

and as a dying professional football player in the made-for-TV film Brian's Song

Caan lent an eminently watchable machismo to numerous movies and television programs.

He played a prominent writer who was held hostage by Kathy Bates in the movie Misery.