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MSU and film: a colored past and a bright future
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It has been 60 years since legendary actor and MSU alumnus James Caan came to MSU to play football and study economics.

The former Spartan studied and played as a “tackling dummy” for only a year before he left for New York to pursue his career in acting.

Through the years, Caan went on to star in a myriad of films, from a submarine commander in the 1968 film ”Submarine X-1” to his Academy Award nominated performance as Sonny Corleone in ”The Godfather.”

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