Scott Caan

Active - 1995 - 2018  |   Born - Aug 23, 1976 in Los Angeles, California, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Comedy Drama, Comedy, Crime

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Biography by Rebecca Flint Marx

The eldest son of actor James Caan, Scott Caan started to make a name for himself in such films as Enemy of the State and Varsity Blues. Five feet-five inches of muscle and machismo, the actor was born in 1976 and spent his childhood shuttling between his divorced father and mother. Although as a child he preferred sports to acting, Caan was offered the title role in the 1995 drama A Boy Called Hate. Following his performance in the film, he attended acting classes at Los Angeles' West Playhouse and acted in a few subsequent features, including Gregg Araki's 1997 Nowhere. In 1998, the actor got another break with a part in Tony Scott's thriller Enemy of the State and went on to make a number of small films that same year, including Wild Horses, which was co-directed by a post-Punky Brewster Soleil Moon Frye. In 1999 came Varsity Blues and an accompanying rush of exposure for Caan, who supplied the film's comic relief as a hell-raising wide receiver. In addition, the actor increased his indie credibility with Saturn, which was screened at the 1999 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival.

As the new decade began, Caan appeared in Boiler Room, but he landed one of his most high-profile role in 2011 when he became one of Ocean's Eleven, playing a number of funny scenes opposite Casey Affleck. In 2005 he was in the thriller Into the Blue, and the next year had a small role in the indie comedy Friends With Money.

Over the course of the decade he would return to the Ocean's franchise two more times, and take a major part in the Eddie Murphy comedy Meet Dave. He would act opposite his famous father in 2009's Mercy, a film he also wrote. In 2010 Caan would find success on the small-screen in the reboot of Hawaii Five-O.

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  • Was briefly a rapper, one-half of the hip-hop duo the Whooliganz, in the early '90s.
  • Left the Whooliganz to study acting at the Playhouse West in Los Angeles.
  • Made his feature-film debut with 1995's A Boy Called Hate, in which his dad, James, portrayed his on-screen father.
  • Returned to his roots at the Playhouse West in 2001 to codirect and star in Almost Love, a play that he also wrote.
  • Wrote and starred in the 2009 film Mercy, which also featured his dad, James, in the role of his on-screen father.