Scott Caan

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Scott Caan
Scott Caan on the red carpet for CBS's Hawaii Five-0
Scott Andrew Caan

(1976-08-23) August 23, 1976 (age 46)[1]
Other namesScotty Caan, Mad Skillz
Occupation(s)Actor, director, photographer, rapper, writer
Years active1993–present
SpouseKacy Byxbee

Scott Andrew Caan (born August 23, 1976)[1][2] is an American actor, director, photographer, writer, and former rapper. He received his breakthrough role in Ocean’s Eleven as Turk Malloy who he played in the Ocean’s trilogy and starred as Detective Sergeant Danny "Danno" Williams in the CBS television series Hawaii Five-0 (2010–2020), for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Caan had a recurring role as manager Scott Lavin in the HBO television series Entourage (2009–2011). In the 1990s, he was a rapper and was a part of hip hop group The Whooliganz with The Alchemist, under the pseudonym Mad Skillz.

Early life[edit]

Caan was born on August 23, 1976, in Los Angeles, California, the son of actor James Caan and Sheila Marie Ryan, an actress and former model.[3] His paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Germany.[4] He has an older half-sister and three younger half-brothers.


Caan was a roadie for the hip hop groups Cypress Hill and House of Pain. Caan was also a member of the hip-hop group The Whooliganz as Mad Skillz (with producer and fellow MC The Alchemist as Mudfoot).[5] The Alchemist and he, when performing as the rap duo the Whooliganz in the early 1990s, signed a record deal with Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. records. They recorded the album Make Way for the W, but after their first single "Put Your Handz Up",[6] 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 Caan and the Alchemist had already parted ways. Caan reunited with his former partner The Alchemist in 2014 on the Step Brothers project Lord Steppington, performing on the song "Byron G" with musician Evidence.

After enrolling at the Playhouse West acting school in Los Angeles, 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 philandering Texas high school football wide receiver in the teen movie Varsity Blues (1999), alongside James Van Der Beek and Paul Walker. In the same year, he played the role of Drew in the film Saturn (also known as Speed of Life). Caan subsequently appeared in several studio films, including Ready to Rumble (2000) co-starring David Arquette, Boiler Room (2000) co-starring Vin Diesel, Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) as Tumbler, and American Outlaws (2001) co-starring Colin Farrell, in which Caan played 19th-century outlaw Cole Younger. In 2003, Caan made his directorial debut with the film Dallas 362, which won a prize at the 2003 Las Vegas Film Festival.

Caan appeared in the feature film trilogy Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, and Ocean's Thirteen. In 2005, he co-starred with Paul Walker (with whom he had appeared in Varsity Blues) in the action film Into the Blue. Caan wrote and directed the 2006 comedy The Dog Problem, and appeared as a supporting character in the film as well. He appeared on the television series Entourage in a recurring role as talent manager Scott Lavin from seasons six to eight.[7]

Caan played Detective Danny "Danno" Williams in Hawaii Five-0 (a re-imagining of the 1968 Hawaii Five-O television series). The new series premiered on September 20, 2010, and in 2011 he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for his performance.[8]

BuddyTV ranked him 95th on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011".[9]

In addition to acting, Caan has also pursued a career in photography.[10] Inspired and trained by cinematographer Phil Parmet while working together on the 2003 film Dallas 362, Caan has been shooting ever since. "In preparing for the film," 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."[11] In 2009, he published his first collection of photographs in a 256-page book titled Scott Caan Photographs, Vol. 1. The book was edited and designed by Howard Nourmand, and includes an introduction by Steve Olson.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Caan has a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.[13] In July 2014, Caan's girlfriend Kacy Byxbee gave birth to their daughter.[14][15]

As of 2012, Caan was an active volunteer with several organizations that introduce children with autism to surfing.[16]


Year Title Role Notes
1994 A Boy Called Hate Steve / Hate
1995 Aaron Gillespie Will Make You a Star Sean
1995 Last Resort Strut Nominated – Critics Award at CineVegas (shared with Harvey Silver)
1997 Nowhere 'Ducky'
1997 Bongwater Bobby
1998 Nowhere to Go Romeo
1998 Enemy of the State NSA Agent Jones
1999 Speed of Life Drew
1999 Varsity Blues Charlie Tweeder
1999 Saturn Drew
1999 Black and White Scotty
2000 Boiler Room Richie O'Flaherty
2000 Ready to Rumble Sean Dawkins
2000 Gone in 60 Seconds Timmy 'Tumbler' Tummel
2001 American Outlaws Cole Younger
2001 Novocaine Duane Ivey
2001 Ocean's Eleven Turk Malloy Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team
Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Acting Ensemble
2002 Sonny Jesse
2003 Dallas 362 Dallas Also writer and director
Critics Award at CineVegas
2004 In Enemy Hands Lieutenant Commander Randall Sullivan
2004 Ocean's Twelve Turk Malloy
2005 Into the Blue Bryce Dunn
2006 Friends with Money Mike
2006 Lonely Hearts Detective Reilly
2006 The Dog Problem Casper Also writer and director
2007 Brooklyn Rules Carmine Mancuso
2007 Ocean's Thirteen Turk Malloy Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Chemistry
2007 Stories USA Hayden Field Segment "Life Makes Sense If You're Famous"
2008 Meet Dave Officer Dooley
2009 Mercy Johnny Ryan Also writer and producer
2009 Deep in the Valley Rod Cannon
2010 A Beginner's Guide to Endings Cal White
2013 3 Geezers! Scott
2015 Rock the Kasbah[17] Jake
2016 Two for One Alexander Clarke
2018 Untogether Ellis
2023 One Day as a Lion (film) Jackie Powers Also writer and executive producer
Year Title Role Notes
2009–2011 Entourage Scott Lavin 19 episodes
2010–2020 Hawaii Five-0 Danny "Danno" Williams Main cast
TV Guide Award for Favorite Bromance (shared with Alex O'Loughlin) (2013)
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2011)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Action (2013)
2012 NCIS: Los Angeles Danny "Danno" Williams Episode: "Touch of Death"
2017 Vice Principals Sweat Dogs Trainer Episode: "Think Change"
2023—present Alert: Missing Persons Unit Jason Grant Main cast[18]


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  6. ^ "It's Evening in America". Vanity Fair. May 2012. Page 155.
  7. ^ "Entourage Admits Caan, Fichtner, Letscher". Retrieved June 8, 2009.
  8. ^ "Golden Globes 2011: Analyzing the TV nominations". HitFix. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  9. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2011". BuddyTV. December 7, 2011. Retrieved January 13, 2012.
  10. ^ Caan, Scott. "Scott Caan Photography". Archived from the original on May 7, 2011. Retrieved May 16, 2011.
  11. ^ Caan, Scott. "Scott Caan Photographs 2003-2009 - Biography". Retrieved May 16, 2011.
  12. ^ Caan, Scott (2009). Amazon. ISBN 978-0981805603.
  13. ^ "EGO - Scott Caan, astro da série 'Havaí Cinco-0', se rende ao jiu-jítsu brasileiro - notícias de Famosos". Ego. February 18, 2014. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  14. ^ "Scott Caan's Girlfriend Pregnant: Actor, Kacy Byxbee Expecting Child - Us Weekly". June 11, 2014. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  15. ^ "'Hawaii Five-0' star Scott Caan welcomes a daughter |". Global News. Retrieved January 25, 2023.
  16. ^ "Ability Magazine: Scott Caan - Surf Therapy for Autism" (2009)". Retrieved April 3, 2012.
  17. ^ McNary, Dave (March 31, 2014). "Scott Caan Replaces Shia LaBeouf in 'Rock the Kasbah'". Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  18. ^ Petski, Denise (October 31, 2022). "'Alert': Scott Caan & Dania Ramirez Are On A Desperate Search For A Missing Child — Watch The Fox Series Promo". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 28, 2022.

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