Actor James Caan will attend the 50th Anniversary Screening of The Godfather on February 22, 2022 in Los Angeles, California, USA. (Reuters / Audgerucci)

Los Angeles: Actor James Caan, who starred as gangster Sonny Corleone in the epic mafia movie The Godfather, died Wednesday night at the age of 82, his family said in a statement Thursday.

A statement posted on Khan’s official Twitter account said the actor died Wednesday night. No cause of death or location is provided.

“Families express their love and heartfelt condolences and demand that they continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time,” the statement said.

Kahn was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for the enthusiastic Corleone in The Godfather in 1972.

He replayed his role in the flashback scene of “The Godfather: Part II” in 1974.

His career spanned 60 years and included a wide range of other roles in the film, from the psychological thriller “Misery” to the comedy “Elf”.

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