James Caan’s simple message after the death of Ray Liotta gutted fans and spoke for millions. On May 26, Caan tweeted, “Not Ray” with a broken heart emoji. After the news of “The Godfather” star’s death, some returned to Caan’s tweet to pay tribute. One fan tweeted a broken heart emoji with the message, “Not you.” Another fan noted the gap left by Caan and Liotta’s deaths, tweeting, “It’s like God is putting the greatest mob movie together.”
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While the “Thief” star played many tough-guy roles, the outpouring of stories and tributes about the 82-year-old actor shows how beloved he was in the Hollywood community. The tough guy appeared to have a big heart, and people loved him for it. Actor Gary Sinise commented, “Jimmy was so supportive of Gary Sinise Foundation & my work w/ our veterans.” Comedian Andy Richter also tweeted, “They say never meet your heroes, but he [Caan] proved that to be very wrong.”
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Caan’s “Las Vegas” co-star Josh Duhamel isn’t known for being the touchy-feely type, but the actor posted an emotional video after learning about Caan’s death. He took to his Instagram Story on July 7, with a tearful Duhamel saying. One of the kindest, coolest, funniest people I’ve ever met.” He added, “One of my mentors. You’ll be missed, Jimmy Caan. I love you.” Beyond his co-stars and industry friends, those who knew “The Godfather” actor best show the depth of Caan’s legacy.