James Caan Once Lived at the Playboy Mansion, Joked It Was to 'Get Over My Divorce'

·2 min read
Actor James Cann and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner have a laugh during Fight Night at the Playboy Mansion on July 15, 2003 in Bel Air, California.
Actor James Cann and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner have a laugh during Fight Night at the Playboy Mansion on July 15, 2003 in Bel Air, California.

Donald Miralle/Getty James Caan and Hugh Hefner in 2003

James Caan once had an extended stay at the Playboy Mansion.

Back in 2003, the actor — who died Wednesday at the age of 82 — told Esquire, "To get over my divorce, I got a prescription to live at the Playboy Mansion for a while."

James was previously married four times: first to Dee Jay Mattis, from 1961 to 1966, then to Sheila Ryan in 1976. He later tied the knot with Ingrid Hajek in 1990. The two divorced in 1995, and he wed Linda Stokes later that year.

The actor filed for divorce from Stokes in 2005, but the two later reconciled. James and Stokes were in the middle of a divorce as of December 2016, according to TMZ.

"I have four wives and five kids. I apparently don't know the difference [between sex and love]," James joked in his 2003 Esquire interview.

Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human-interest stories.

Actor James Caan, Scott Caan and family attend the premiere of "Misery" on November 29, 1990 at Mann Village Theater in Westwood, California.
Actor James Caan, Scott Caan and family attend the premiere of "Misery" on November 29, 1990 at Mann Village Theater in Westwood, California.

Ron Galella Collection via Getty James Caan and family at the premiere of Misery in 1990

RELATED: The Playboy Mansion Has Finally Sold for $100 Million

James' son Scott Caan spent time at the Mansion with his father when James briefly lived there during Scott's childhood.

In a 2010 interview with PEOPLE, James recalled with a laugh, "I'd have Scott bring me girls."

For more on James Caan, listen below to our daily podcast PEOPLE Every Day.

"No one could say no to a cute little boy," he added of Scott, now 45.

Scott's mother is Ryan, who died in 2012 at age 60.

Hugh Hefner, James Caan
Hugh Hefner, James Caan

Bei/Shutterstock Hugh Hefner and James Caan in 1983

RELATED: James Caan Remembered by Adam Sandler, Rob Reiner and More: "Best of the Best"

tweet from James' official account Thursday read, "It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Jimmy on the evening of July 6."

"The family appreciates the outpouring of love and heartfelt condolences and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time," the tweet added.

A cause of death was not made immediately available.

James is survived by sons Scott, James, Jacob and Alexander, as well as daughter Tara.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting