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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 23 August 1976Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameScott Andrew Caan
Nickname Scotty
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Scott Caan is the son of tough guy actor James Caan. While it is obvious that he admires tough method actors like Marlon Brando and Sean Penn, Scott also has a strong egalitarian streak, evidenced by his reasoning for baring his body in films. He is quoted as saying that originally only the women in the scene were to be nude, but that he felt it really sexist, so he stripped too.

Scott was born on August 23, 1976 in Los Angeles, California. He spent his childhood being shuttled between his parent's homes. His mom is actress and model Sheila Ryan; the Caans divorced when Scott was a year old. He has an older half-sister, Tara, and three younger half-brothers: Alexander, Jacob, and James. His paternal grandparents were German Jewish immigrants.

Self-desribed as a bad kid who was always getting into trouble, Scott initially steered clear of acting, opting to play sports instead. Scott benefited from his father's hands-on approach to child rearing; the elder Caan reportedly took a five-year hiatus to coach all of his son's little league teams. He also pursued his love of hip-hop by forming a group with his friend The Alchemist; as The Whooliganz, the duo made inroads on the music scene and signed an ill-fated contract with Tommy Boy Records.

It did not take long for Scott to appear in front of the camera; in 1995, he took roles in a couple independent films, Star Struck (1995) and A Boy Called Hate (1995). Critical of his performances, Scott enrolled at Playhouse West in Los Angeles to study acting. Roles in more indies followed, including Bongwater (1997) and Gregg Araki's Nowhere (1997).

His first major film was also a hit; he had a supporting role in Enemy of the State (1998) for director Tony Scott. He then appeared (in the buff) in Varsity Blues (1999) as a wisecracking receiver. By now, Scott had built a reliable reputation for playing strong-minded characters with a sense of humor, exemplified by his work in movies such a Boiler Room (2000), Ready to Rumble (2000), and his second hit picture, Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000).

Scott's star rose with a fun supporting turn in Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven (2001) remake. At this time he had more indie turns in the films American Outlaws (2001), Novocaine (2001), and Sonny (2002) - Nicolas Cage's directorial debut starring James Franco. Scott followed up with his own directorial outing, Dallas 362 (2003).

Scott reprised his role as Turk Malloy in Ocean's Twelve (2004), then took a supporting roles in two very different pictures: the sexy, ocean-bound thriller Into the Blue (2005) and in Nicole Holofcener's indie comedy, Friends with Money (2006). 2006 marked Caan's return to the director¹s chair, with The Dog Problem (2006), and soon was back for Ocean's Thirteen (2007).

Over the past few years, Scott made memorable appearances as a recurring character on Entourage (2004). He has a starring role in the remake of the TV series Hawaii Five-0 (2010).

Scott has also established himself as a photographer, having been mentored in the medium by cinematographer Phil Parmet. In 2009, he published his book, Scott Caan Photographs, Vol. 1.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Kelley Ward kward@elpn.com

Trade Mark (1)

Short stature

Trivia (17)

His mother is Sheila Ryan.
Son of actor James Caan.
Stars in Nicolas Cage's directorial debut, Sonny (2002) - "Sonny" was the name of Scott"s father's (James Caan) character in The Godfather (1972), which is incidentally directed by Nicolas Cage's uncle, Francis Ford Coppola.
Nephew of producer Ronnie Caan.
Formed a rap duo called "The Whooliganz" as a teenager. They had one single in 1993 called "Put Your Handz Up". His rap alias was "Mad Skillz". His rapping partner was The Alchemist, who is now a top hip-hop producer.
Interviewed with his father, James Caan, on Playboy T.V. back in 1988.
Attended Beverly Hills High School at the same time as Angelina Jolie, whom he later appeared alongside in Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000).
Was considered for the role of "Derek" in Hero Wanted (2008).
Has an older half-sister named Tara Caan.
Has 3 younger half-brothers named Alexander James Caan (b. 1991), Jacob Nicholas Caan (b. 1995) and James Arthur Caan (b. 1998).
Studied acting in Playhouse West in Los Angeles.
Him and The Alchemist, when performing as the rap duo "The Whooliganz" in the early '90s, actually landed a record deal with Tommy Boy records. They recorded the album "Make Way for the W.", but after their first single "Put Your Handz Up" turned out to be a failure, the album was shelved and the duo was dropped by Tommy Boy. In 1995, "The Whooliganz"'s song "Whooliganz" was released as a single in the UK, but Caan and The Alchemist had already parted ways.
His paternal grandparents, Arthur Caan and Sophie (Falkenstein), were German Jewish immigrants.
Is an avid photographer, ever since cinematographer Phil Parmet (with whom Caan worked on his directing debut Dallas 362 (2003)) introduced him to the techniques of the profession. Subsequently, Scott's father, James Caan, gave him a Nikon FE, which was given to James by Francis Ford Coppola, as a birthday gift. Scott has been taking pictures ever since.
Is a staunch conservative Republican.
Scott is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
First child, daughter Josie James Caan born on July 9, 2014. Scott's girlfriend Kacy Byxbee is the baby's mother.

Personal Quotes (8)

[on acting in the moment] I think all the greats really did that. If you watch Brando, if you watch McQueen, every scene you could see that they were doing something and that's why it seemed so human and so real as opposed to actors trying to find an emotion or play that emotion when the cameras are up and the lights are on it's hard to settle in and have a real moment. I think the only real way to do it is to have an objective for what you're doing in the scene.
When I was a kid, I was always an athlete. I played a lot of sports. I played football, basketball, baseball and soccer. My dad was super into athletics, so that's what I did as a kid. I played sports. When I was 11 or 12, I stopped wanting to play football, basketball and baseball and I started smoking weed and hanging out with the 'bad kids'. I wanted to do anything that was rebellious. My old man hated skateboarding and surfing. He was a team sports player. The individuality of it is what drew me to skating and surfing. It was a 'Fuck you!' at the time. I know that skateboarding and surfing have been around a long time, but it wasn't like it is now. Surfing now is like a high school sport. Everyone surfs and everyone skateboards. Back then, if you skated, you were definitely one of the bad kids. If you surfed, you were a stoner, so you were one of the bad kids. At the time, I wanted to be like that. I wanted to be rebellious. I didn't want to fit in. I wanted to be a punk. When we'd go off and skate or surf, we were doing our own thing. There was nobody standing over our backs, watching us. There was no one judging us. It was just about one-upping each other all the time.
My dad didn't work on a lot on movies when I was growing up. He stopped working for fifteen years. From the time I was five until I was fifteen, I didn't know who he was as an actor. He was just my dad. He wasn't off on movie sets when I was a kid. He hung out with me. He was also a rebellious guy. His whole life had a lot of ups and downs. To answer your question, yeah, he was the shit; but to me, he was just my dad. I didn't know him as James Caan, the big movie actor. As a kid, I never got to see any of his movies because they were all rated R. I didn't see The Godfather until I was 11 years old. When they shot him, I was like, 'This sucks.' It was fucked up. It was weird. I turned it off. It bummed me out. Now I look back and watch his movies and I'm like, 'Damn. He was the shit.'
My old man was very strict about if you were going to do something, be good at it. Be the best at it or don't do it. Anyone can work hard and have God-given talent, but it's a shame when people have it and don't use it. You have to use all aspects of it. You have to be good at it and work harder than the next man. He always instilled that in me. Even when I was a kid, he'd say, 'If you're going to do something, do it right, do it hard and be passionate about it. Do it good or don't do it all, because there is always someone else that wants to play harder than you.'
The reason I started writing movies was because I kept getting parts that I just kind of stepped into. I didn't have to do a lot of work and I ended up getting sort of bored. When I first started acting, all I did was work on plays and spend a lot of hours in the theater. I was immersing myself in what I was doing. I wanted to be the best at it. I was like, 'I'm going to do this and be the best actor in the world.' Then I got into the movie business and maybe once every three years, I'd get a part that I could actually sink my teeth into. The reason I started writing was because I didn't always get those parts. I figured I could write myself plays and perform things that I felt strongly about. That set me off on writing and directing. I ended up thinking, 'I can do this too.' I got really passionate about writing and directing. And now that I'm in my early 30s, I'm getting parts that I can really sink my teeth into it. Now I can go back to what really got me into acting, when it was something that I was super passionate about.
(2001) If you love acting and you've ever experienced theater, then you know that in a movie it's almost impossible to live out that experience, unless you're a Pacino or a De Niro or somebody who gets to pick their parts. It's very rare that you get a part that at the end of the day you feel like you've really lived it out, and for me going back and doing theater is where I get to do that. I realized that over the past couple of years, and I hope to God I never lose that, and I never rest on my laurels
(2001) I'll go do anybody's movie if I find something I like in it, I'll say, 'Let's go do it.' Good, bad mediocre or whatever it is, if a director wants me in his movie, I take it as a compliment. And at the end of the day, if the movie's no good, I'll live to fight another day.
When I was 17 years old, I was in the music business. I was out on the 1993 Soul Assassins Tour and there was this director named Mitch Marcus who had heard about me, so he came and saw the show. He thought I'd be right for a part in his movie. He said, 'Do you want to come and audition for this movie?' I said, 'No, that's not my thing.' Then I read the script. It was about this 17-year-old punk kid that gets out of juvenile hall and rides his motorcycle and carries a gun. Then I was like, 'Okay. I'll come in and audition.' I ended up getting the part. It was a movie called A Boy Called Hate. It's not the greatest movie ever made, but once I got on that movie set, I was like, 'Okay, this is what I'm going to do for the rest of my life.' I was going to be a grip or an actor or writer or whatever I had to do to be on a movie set. Then I went straight to a theater school and studied for the next ten years. I started studying at Playhouse West in the Valley when I was 17 years old. I started writing and directing plays. That's been my center for acting for the last fifteen years.

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