Ocean's Turk Malloy
''I don't mean this in a bad way, but a lot of actors today are just more girly than the actors I grew up respecting. I'm into the school of actors like Marlon Brando, my father, Bobby Duvall and Al Pacino, who in their day had to be pretty tough. They weren't waify, skinny little pretty boys. In Hollywood today, it's cool for guys to wear nail polish and earrings in their lips and tongues. I don't get it. It's like wearing dresses. Men should have rough hands and be strong.'' Scott Caan
The eldest child of veteran actor James Caan, Scott Caan made his first film, alongside his father, in the road flick "A Boy Called Hate" (1995). He subsequently began to make a name for himself with roles in such films as ''Enemy of the State'' (1998) and ''Varsity Blues'' (1999). He later played significant roles in films like "Boiler Room" (2000), "Ready to Rumble" (2000), "Gone in Sixty Seconds" (2000), "American Outlaws" (2001), "In Enemy Hands" (2004), "Into the Blue" (2005), "Friends with Money" (2006), "Lonely Hearts" (2006) and "Brooklyn Rules" (2007). The 5' 8'' muscular actor has played Turk Malloy, the wisecracking getaway driver, in all the "Ocean's" films: "Ocean's Eleven" (2001), "Ocean's Twelve" (2004) and "Ocean's Thirteen" (2007). He will next be seen in an upcoming comedy film titled "Deep in the Valley," alongside Chris Pratt, Brendan Hines, Denise Richards, and Tracy Morgan.
Caan has also tried his hand at writing and directing. He wrote, directed and starred in "Dallas 362" (2003; also stars Shawn Hatosy, Jeff Goldblum and Kelly Lynch), which won a Critics Award at the CineVegas International Film Festival, and the romantic comedy ''The Dog Problem'' (2006; also stars Don Cheadle, Giovanni Ribisi and Mena Suvari).
''I may not be great, and it's because I try something and it doesn't work.'' Scott Caan
More personally, the actor was romantically linked to Polish actress and model Izabella Miko (born January 21, 1981).
Childhood and Family:
The eldest son of legendary actor James Caan (born on March 26, 1940) and actress/former model Sheila Ryan (born in 1952), Scott Andrew Caan was born on August 23, 1976, in Los Angeles, California. His paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Germany. One year after his birth, Scott’s parents divorced and Scott spent his childhood shuttled between his father and mother. In the 1980s, his father took a hiatus from acting for several years to focus on coaching Scott's Little League team.
Scott has four half-siblings from his father's other marriages: Alexander James Caan (born on April 10, 1991), Jacob Nicholas Caan (born on September 24, 1998), James Arthur Caan (born on November 6, 1995) and Tara Caan (older). His uncle is producer Ronnie Caan.
In the early 1990s, Scott drifted from school to school. He eventually graduated from Excelsior High School.
''I was the bad kid in school. I was usually in trouble. I'd get suspended for fighting, for graffiti, for smoking pot, and I learned that it's not worth it.'' Scott Caan
Scott was a roadie for the rap groups ''Cypress Hill'' and ''House of Pain,'' and was a member of the hip-hop group ''The Whooliganz,'' with producer and fellow emcee The Alchemist, before enrolling at the Playhouse West acting school in Los Angeles.
He was arrested for assault after a West Hollywood bar brawl in September 1998.
''He reads my screenplays and gives me honest opinions. His advice to me was ‘stay out of the business.’ He wanted me to play short-stop for the Yankees!'' Scott Caan (on his veteran actor father James Caan)
A former roadie for the rap groups ''Cypress Hill'' and ''House of Pain,'' and member of the hip-hop group ''The Whooliganz,'' Scott Caan, like many other children of famous Hollywood celebrities, decide to follow his father's path as an actor despite his perpetual love of baseball. He perfected his craft at the Playhouse West acting school in Los Angeles and made his feature debut, alongside his father, in the road flick "A Boy Called Hate" (1995), written and directed by Mitch Marcus.
The newcomer followed it up with "Nowhere" (1997), the third installment of writer/director Gregg Araki's ''teen apocalypse'' trilogy in which he played Ducky, the brother of Sarah Lassez's character and the love interest of Christina Applegate's character. After being busted for assault after a West Hollywood bar brawl in September 1998, he returned in front of the camera to play a cocky government agent pursuing Will Smith's character in Tony Scott's blockbuster thriller, "Enemy of the State" (1998), alongside Gene Hackman and Jon Voight.
"When I auditioned for 'Enemy of the State,' Tony Scott told me, 'You're intimidating enough, man. Don't try to be intimidating. I already know you can kick the s--- out of someone.’” Scott Caan
The late 1990s saw Caan as the trouble-making boyfriend of Tricia Vessy's rebellious teen character in John Caire's independent film "Nowhere to Go" (1998) and delivering comic relief as Charlie Tweeder, a rowdy, girl-chasing high school football player, in Brian Robbins' box office hit, "Varsity Blues" (1999), opposite James Van Der Beek, Paul Walker and Jon Voight. He also played the lead role of a young man caring for his Alzheimer victim father (played by Leo Burmester) in Rob Schmidt's bleak indie set in Brooklyn, "Saturn" (1999).
Entering the new millennium, Caan co-starred with David Arquette in Brian Robbins' comedy movie "Ready to Rumble" (2000). He was also featured as a young broker named Richie O'Flaherty, alongside Ben Affleck, Giovanni Ribisi and Vin Diesel, in writer/director Ben Younger's drama, "Boiler Room," and became a fast-driving car thief named Tumbler in Dominic Sena's remake of the 1974 H.B. Halicki film, ''Gone in Sixty Seconds,'' alongside Nicolas Cage, Giovanni Ribisi and Angelina Jolie.
In 2001, Caan was cast in David Atkins' indie thriller starring Steve Martin and Laura Dern, ''Novocaine,'' and as Turk Malloy, the wisecracking getaway driver and twin brother of Casey Affleck's Virgil Malloy, in Steven Soderbergh's successful remake of the 1960 Rat Pack caper film, "Ocean's Eleven." Sharing the screen with such Hollywood A-listers as George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia and Julia Roberts, Caan's work in the film was nominated for a MTV Movie Award and a Phoenix Film Critics Society (PFCS) Award. He subsequently reprised his role in its two sequels, ''Ocean's Twelve'' (2004) and ''Ocean's Thirteen'' (2007), for which Caan was nominated for a Teen Choice Award.
Being asked about his ''Ocean's'' co-stars public adoration, Caan commented, ''For me it’s not really an issue, obviously, as it is for them. I’m sure for them it’s tiring, but for me, I don’t see it. I’m more of an outsider watching. Every once in a while someone’s like, ‘Hey Scott, can I have your autograph too?’ I’m just watching them deal with it and they all handle it with such class and grace and style. It’s a good lesson.''
Meanwhile, Caan returned to Playhouse West to appear in the play ''Almost Love,'' a musing on the nature of post-collegiate age love. He then returned to films playing Western bandit Cole Younger to Colin Farrell's Jesse James in the Les Mayfield-directed "American Outlaws" (2001) and was cast alongside James Franco in Nicolas Cage's directional debut, the period drama "Sonny" (2002). The following year, Caan made his directorial debut with "Dallas 362" (2003), which he also wrote and starred in alongside Shawn Hatosy, Jeff Goldblum and Kelly Lynch. The movie later won a Critics Award at the CineVegas International Film Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In 2004, Caan co-starred with William H. Macy in Tony Giglio's World War II submarine film "In Enemy Hands" (aka "U-Boat"), and with Paul Walker and Jessica Alba in John Stockwell's thriller set in the deep, shark-infested waters of the Bahamas, "Into the Blue" 2005). He was also cast opposite Jennifer Aniston in writer/director Nicole Holofcener's romantic comedy, "Friends with Money." The film opened at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2006.
After writing, directing and starring in the romantic comedy ''The Dog Problem'' (2006; also stars Don Cheadle, Giovanni Ribisi, and Mena Suvari), a low-key effort about intertwined romantic dog-owners in Los Angeles, Caan played a detective in writer/director Todd Robinson's "Lonely Hearts" (2006; with John Travolta, Salma Hayek, Jared Leto, and James Gandolfini), which is based on the true story of the notorious Lonely Hearts Killers of the 1940s. Recently, he portrayed Carmine Mancuso in Michael Corrente's mobster drama set in Brooklyn 1985, "Brooklyn Rules" (2007; also starring Alec Baldwin and Freddie Prinze Jr.).
On working with "Brooklyn Rules" director Michael Corrente, Caan recalled, ''Director Michael Corrente always strived to bring out the best in his actors. I think Michael’s really understated and he doesn’t make a big deal of all the things he does but he’s so smart the way he makes a movie. Everything has a purpose. At one point in the movie he called me and told me that I sucked. And he knows that I’m the kind of guy who will argue with him and get fired up and show up the next day and go above and beyond. He knows how to get what he wants out of his actors.''
Caan will soon complete his upcoming film project, "Deep in the Valley," a comedy by writer/director Christian Forte in which he will co-star with Chris Pratt, Brendan Hines, Denise Richards, and Tracy Morgan.
''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.'' Scott Caan
CineVegas International Film Festival: Critics Award, ''Dallas 362,'' 2003