James Caan’ Married Life Explored: His Four Marriages

Legendary actor James Caan has passed away at 82 years of age. His family confirmed his death on Twitter this Thursday the 7th of July. In the statement, they wrote: “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”.

James Caan was best known for his roles in The Godfather, Elf, and El Dorado.

He is a Golden Globe, Emmy, and Oscar nominee and even has his star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

The cause of death for the actor remains unknown due to the early nature of the reports. Nonetheless, people have taken to writing tributes in James Caan’s memory on various social media platforms.

The 82-year-old actor has had four failed marriages during the course of his life, resulting in four ex-wives. His life was a series of weddings and divorces.

This has piqued many people’s interest in his love life. If you are one of them, read on to find out more about his four ex-wives and who they are.


About Dee Jay Mathis

James Caan’s first wife’s name is Dee Jay Mathis. The two got married in 1961 and stayed together for five years, until 1966.

They had reportedly dated for two years before their marriage. At the time of the relationship, James was a mere 21 years old.

They have a daughter together, Tara Caan.

Tara was born on November 5th, 1964.

It appears there is not much information available about Dee Jay Mathis or why the couple separated.

During the years of this particular marriage (1964-65), James played some of his most decisive roles. He was a budding actor when he did the likes of Lady in a Cage and The Glory Guys.

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James Caan and Dee Jay Mathis (Credit: Getty Images)

About Sheila Ryan

10 years later the actor went on to get married to his second wife Sheila Ryan.

Their marriage was in 1976 and the pair had a son together, Scott Caan. Scott was born on August 23rd, 1976.

However, just a year into their marriage they divorced and separated in 1977.

Sheila was a Playboy cover girl and previously dated Elvis Presley.

She was also an actress. Her most significant roles were in the movies Road House, Shelter from the Storm, and Fertilize the Blaspheming Bombshell. She starred in them between 1989 to 1994.

Sheila Ryan passed away in 2012 from cancer.

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James Caan and Sheila Ryan (Credit: Getty Images and Shutterstock)

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About Ingrid Hajek

Thirteen years later in 1990, James Caan proceeded to wed his third wife, Ingrid Hajek. The actor was 50 years old when he married Ingrid who was 30. The pair had a 20-year age difference between them.

They share a son together, Alexander James Caan, who was born on April 10, 1991.

There is no information regarding why the two later divorced.

Ingrid is now reportedly a life coach. She is based in California.

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James Caan and Ingrid Hajek (Credit: Getty Images)

About Linda Stokes

James’s final wife was Linda Stokes, who according to her IMDb profile is an actress and costume designer. She starred in Punks in 2000 and The Fields in 2011.

The pair got together in 1995 and divorced in November 2009. They cited “irreconcilable differences” as their reason for the divorce.

During this time they had two sons together, James Arthur Caan in 1995 and Jacob Nicholas Caan in 1998.

However, it appears the two did indeed reconcile a few times before finally divorcing in 2016.

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James Caan and Linda Stokes (Credit: Getty Images)

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