Who Is James Caan’s Fourth Wife, Linda Stokes? Know Her Full Biography

By Anuja Uprety | Published on: February 13, 2024 | Updated on: February 13, 2024
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Linda Stokes is the fourth wife of the late American actor James Caan. The former couple got married in 1995 and separated twice before their nasty divorce in 2017. They had a huge legal battle over the custody of their two sons. 

Her late ex-husband James was famously known for his role as Sonny Corleone in the 1972 series The Godfather. For the series, the late actor was even nominated for Academy Award and Golden Globe Award.

Key Takeaways

  • Linda Stokes is a former celebrity spouse who is better known for her tumultuous marriage with James Caan.
  • The ex-couple shared two children together.
  • Linda’s ex-husband is no more alive. He died of Congestive Heart Failure on July 6, 2022.
  • Since her separation from her ex, Linda has kept a low profile.

Who Is James Caan’s Fourth Wife ?

Linda is a costume designer. She also worked as a designer in the 2000 film Punks. While many online portals claimed that the celebrity ex-wife is currently the CE at LSO Designs/ Tu Tu Cute, let us clear you that it is a different person that goes by the same name.

Linda Has Acted In Movie As Well

As per IMDb, Stokes has one acting credit to her name. She played the character Bartender Linda in the 2011 film The Fields.

Was The Ex-Wife Of James Caan; Details On Their Tumultuous Marriage

Linda got married to her husband James Caan on October 7, 1995, in a low-key wedding ceremony. For a decade, the ex-couple led their marriage gracefully but suddenly they announced their separation in 2005 and James went on to file for a divorce against his wife Linda. But, the actor later withdrew the divorce petition and they reconciled.

Linda's marriage with James was full of hurdles
Linda with her former husband James

Shortly after their reconciliation, the two again separated in 2009 and again the Outsider actor filed for a divorce. Just like before, it was all canceled out and they reunited and remained in marriage happily for the next few years.

Despite their two attempts to save the matrimony, they couldn’t sustain each other. In early 2015, Caan for the last time filed for the dissolution of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences, and it was finalized in 2017.

Their Nasty Legal Battle Over Their Children’s Custody And Child Support

While filing for the divorce petition, the Godfather star had requested joint custody of their children but opposing his request, Linda demanded her children’s sole custody with spousal support. The court decided in favor of Stoke and reportedly ordered James to pay $400,000 in retroactive spousal support and child support.

Despite getting such a huge amount, Linda sought more money from her former partner. Due to this reason, James faced a series of financial problems and just to pay the demanded money, the actor was forced to take minor roles in the low-budget movie like Sicilian Vampire” in his 70s. Talking to TMZ regarding the matter, Caan said,

“I am no longer willing to take parts in films and/or television shows which detract from the 50 years I have spent building my reputation.”

At the premiere of Sicilian Vampire, only 50 people attended and the Hollywood star really felt humiliated.

Linda’s Late Spouse James Didn’t Have Ill Will For Her Despite Their Messy Divorce

Though the ex-couple ended their union on a sour note, James always acknowledged Linda for her presence in his life. Talking about her, the Games actor once told,

“Linda is a beautiful woman who gave me 2 beautiful sons which helped enrich my life tremendously, and I’ll always be indebted to her for that.”

It was the last statement that James gave regarding his last ex-wife Stokes. Six years later on June 6, 2022, The Godfather actor died of Congestive heart failure at Roland Reagan UCLA Medical Centre. His body was buried at Eden Memorial Park Cemetery.

Her Ex-Husband Married Four Times In His Lifetime

As earlier mentioned, Linda is James’ fourth wife. While still in marriage with her, the actor once jokingly said,

“I have four wives and five kids. I apparently don’t know the difference [between sex and love]”

Before Stokes, Caan was married three times. His first spouse was Dee Jay Mathis with whom he was married from 1960 to 1966. For the second time, he tied the knot with Sheila Marie Ryan in 1976 but just a year later, they separated.

After that, in September 1990, he got hitched to his third spouse Ingrid Hajek and their marriage lasted for about 4 years. They divorced in March 1994.

Is A Mother Of Two Sons

From her marriage with Hollywood star James, Linda birthed two sons named James Arthur Caan Jr. and Jacob Nicholas Caan.

Linda is a mother of two kids with her late husband James
Linda with her ex-hubby and sons. Source: DailyMail

Her elder son James was born on November 6, 1995, which makes him 29 years old in 2023. As per the information, James Junior is currently a Development Manager at Fontainebleau Development.

Further, her younger child Jacob, born on September 24, 1998, is a Chapman University Graduate. By profession, he is a Sports Marketing Specialist at Team Sports Agency based in Dallas.

On the other hand, her late hubby Caan was a father of three other kids from his first ex-wife including Tara A. Caan, Scott Caan, and Alexander James Caan.

Stokes’ Early Life

Though Linda worked in the showbiz industry, very little about her early life has been revealed. As per sources, she was born and raised in New York and later shifted to Los Angeles to pursue her career in designing field.

Talking of her age, she is believed to be in her late 50s at present.

Is Leading A Private Life After Her Divorce

Since the time she separated from her ex-partner James, Linda has hardly made a media appearance. Further, she isn’t active on social media handles as well. It’s been several years that Stokes has been leading an incredibly private life.

So, the details about her current whereabouts are hard to locate. She now reportedly lives in California with her family.

What Is Her Net Worth? 

Linda reportedly has a net worth of $1 million. On the other hand, her famous ex-husband James had a fortune of $20 million at the time of his death.