The Las Vegas and Godfather star is ending his fourth marriage to his wife of nine years, Linda

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated April 20, 2005 08:00 AM

Actor James Caan has filed for divorce from his wife Linda after more than nine years of marriage, says his publicist.

His publicist, Paul Bloch, said Tuesday he didn’t have details about the divorce but issued a statement from Caan. The Las Vegas star, 65, said: “I love and respect my wife as a friend and as a mother. Our goal in life is to continue to be great parents and great friends. Our children are our entire lives and they will remain as such.”

Caan, who rose to fame (and received an Oscar nomination) as hot-headed Sonny Corleone in 1972’s The Godfather, and his wife, the former Linda Stokes, were married Oct. 7, 1995, according to the divorce petition filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

The legal documents also says the couple have two children: Jacob, 6, and James Jr., 9.

Caan’s previous three marriages – each of which produced one child – also ended in divorce.

This new dissolution follows on the heels of a string of splits in Hollywood, including Sandra Oh and Alexander Payne, Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen, Katie Holmes and Chris Klein and Shannon Elizabeth and Joseph Reitman.