Actors You Never Realized Were In Hallmark Movies

Actors You Never Realized Were In Hallmark Movies

The late James Caan kept exceptionally busy in the last decade of his life, though largely in independent features and on television series like “Back in the Game” and “Las Vegas.” In a 2016 interview with the New York Post, the Oscar, Golden Globe, and Emmy nominee detailed, in typically colorful terms, his dislike of episodic programming, but seemed okay with TV features like “JL Ranch” (which also aired as “JL Family Ranch”).

Part of its appeal appeared to be an opportunity to act in a Western — Caan rode horses and roped cattle in rodeos for years, earning himself the nickname “the Jewish Cowboy” — though the material also seemed to hold his interest. “Right now I’m only working when there’s something that comes along where I feel I can take a sense of pride,” he said.

Caan clearly enjoyed his turn as soft-spoken but hard-edged developer Tap Peterson, who vies for ownership of longtime rival Jon Voight’s ranch in “JL Ranch,” enough to reprise the role in the 2020 sequel, “JL Family Ranch 2.” The follow-up adds more layers to the feud by introducing Caan’s long-lost son (Judson Mills), whose appearance upends the marriage plans of Voight’s daughter — and his former flame (Teri Polo, another Hallmark movie mainstay).

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