Jewish Actors, Playwrights, Comedians, Musicians
Scott Andrew Scott Caan (born August 23, 1976) is a Jewish born American actor. Scott Caan currently stars in the CBS television series Hawaii Five-0, for which Scott Caan was nominated for a Golden Globe award. Scott Caan is also known for his recurring role as manager Scott Lavin in the HBO television series Entourage. Scott Caan was also apart of 1990s rap group The Whooliganz with The Alchemist (musician). The duo went by the names Mad Skillz and Mudfoot, respectively.
Scott Caan was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of actor James Caan and Sheila Ryan, an actress and former model. His paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Germany. Scott Caan has an older half-sister named Tara Scott Caan and three younger half-brothers named Alexander James Scott Caan (b. 1991), Jacob Nicholas Scott Caan (b. 1995) and James Arthur Scott Caan (b. 1998).
Scott Caan was a roadie for the rap groups Cypress Hill and House of Pain. Scott Caan was also a member of the hip-hop group The Whooliganz (with producer and fellow MC the Alchemist). Scott Caan and the Alchemist, when performing as the rap duo the Whooliganz in the early '90s, received 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", the album was shelved and the duo was dropped by Tommy Boy. In 1995, the Whooliganz' song "Whooliganz" was released as a single in the UK, but Scott Caan and the Alchemist had already parted ways.
After enrolling at the Playhouse West acting school in Los Angeles, Scott Caan began acting in the late 1990s, appearing in a number of independent films and low-budget films. His first role in a major motion picture was that of Charlie Tweeder, a reckless Texas football player in Varsity Blues (1999). In the same year, Scott Caan played the role of Drew in the film Saturn (also known as Speed of Life). Scott Caan subsequently appeared in several studio films including Ready to Rumble (2000) co-starring David Arquette, Boiler Room (2000) co-starring Vin Diesel and American Outlaws (2001), co-starring Colin Farrell, in which Scott Caan played 19th century outlaw Cole Younger. In 2003, Scott Caan made his directorial debut with the film Dallas 362, which won a prize at the 2003 Las Vegas Film Festival.
Scott Caan appeared in the feature film trilogy Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, and Ocean's Thirteen. In 2005, Scott Caan co-starred with actor Paul Walker (with whom Scott Caan appeared in Varsity Blues) in the action film Into the Blue. Scott Caan wrote and directed the 2006 comedy The Dog Problem. Scott Caan appeared as a supporting character in the film as well.
Scott Caan appeared on the television series Entourage in a recurring role as talent manager Scott Lavin from season 6 to season 8.
Scott Caan plays Detective Danny "Danno" Williams in Hawaii Five-0 (a re-make of Hawaii Five-O). The series premiered on September 20, 2010. In 2011 Scott Caan was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for this performance.
BuddyTV ranked him #95 on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011".
In addition to acting, Scott Caan has also pursued a career in photography. Inspired and trained by cinematographer Phil Parmet while working together on the 2003 film Dallas 362, Scott Caan has been shooting ever since. "In preparing for the film," Scott Caan said, "Phil inspired me to learn about lenses, lights, frames, and the operation of a 250 millimeter camera. By the time the film was over, I wanted to shoot the next one." In 2009, Scott Caan published his first collection of photographs in a 256 page book entitled Scott Caan Photographs, Vol. 1. The book was edited and designed by Howard Nourmand, and includes an introduction by Steve Olson.
Scott Caan has been an active volunteer with Surfers Healing, an organization which introduces children with autism to the joy of surfing, as well as similar groups such as TheraSURF and Life Rolls On.
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