The iconic actor’s death was confirmed in a statement on social media reading: ‘It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Jimmy on the evening of July 6.
‘The family appreciates the outpouring of love and heartfelt condolences and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.’
Coppola, who first directed Caan in the 1969 feature film The Rain People, reunited with Caan three years later for the Hollywood sensation The Godfather.
In a statement to Deadline, Coppola shared: ‘Jimmy was someone who stretched through my life longer and closer than any motion picture figure I’ve ever known.
‘From those beginning times working on The Rain People, throughout all the milestones of my life.
‘His films and the many great roles he played will never be forgotten.
‘Old friend from Sunnyside, collaborator and one of the funniest people I’ve ever known.’
Pacino shared in a statement: ‘Jimmy was my fictional brother and my lifelong friend.
‘It’s hard to believe that he won’t be in the world anymore because he was so alive and daring.
‘A great actor, a brilliant director and my dear friend. I’m gonna miss him.’
De Niro added: ‘I’m very very sad to hear about Jimmy’s passing.’
Caan continued to act until his death, and was due to film his fifth collaboration with Coppola, titled Megalopolis, this autumn.
In the 1972 cinema classic The Godfather, which celebrated its 50th anniversary earlier this year, Caan appeared alongside Marlon Brando (Don Vito Corleone), Al Pacino (Michael), and Diane Keaton (Kay Adams).
Caan’s role earned him an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor and he later reprised the role for The Godfather Part II with a cameo appearance at the end.
Tributes have poured in for the A Bridge Too Far star, including from the likes of Adam Sandler and Rob Reiner.
‘I was so saddened to hear about Jimmy leaving us,’ Reiner said. ‘I loved working with him. Besides being a talented instinctive actor, he was the only Jew I knew who could rope a calf with the best of them. Sending my love to his family.’
Actor Sandler, who starred with Caan in the 1996 film Bulletproof and the 2012 film That’s My Boy, said: ‘James Caan. Loved him very much. 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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