Actor James Caan injured in car crash

LOS ANGELES -- Actor James Caan was driving too fast but was not intoxicated when his car went off a winding road and hit a tree, causing minor injuries.

Caan, 46, best known for his role in 'The Godfather,' was reported in good condition after his car veered off a winding West Los Angeles road and smashed into a tree early Thursday morning, authorities said.


Caan told police he was 'driving a little bit fast' near Sunset Boulevard about 1:30 a.m. when the accident occurred.

The actor said the brakes on his Chevrolet Blazer failed when he tried to slow the vehicle, officer Joe Wegrich said.

The actor was driving without a license, Wegrich said, and the City Attorney's office will decide if he will be charged.

A spokesman for UCLA Medical Center refused to release details of the actor's injuries, but police said Caan complained of chest pains when he was pulled from his damaged vehicle.

The actor, who was alone, was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Wegrich said. Police pulled him from the vehicle after receiving a call from a nearby resident who heard a man screaming for help.


Caan, a celluloid tough guy, appeared in the films 'Comes A Horseman,' 'The Godfather' and its sequel, 'Godfather II,' 'A Bridge Too Far,' 'Kiss Me Goodbye,' 'Thief,' and 'Rollerball.'

He also appeared in a number of television series, including 'Ben Casey' and 'Wagon Train.'

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