James Cagney

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  • Birth Name: James Francis Cagney Jr.
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Died: March 30, 1986
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Voice-overs
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  • Among his odd jobs were gift wrapper, copy boy, ticket taker, waiter, poolroom racker, female impersonator and, along with his wife, Frances, vaudevillian.
  • Debuted on Broadway in the chorus of 1920's Pitter-Patter and got his breakout part in the 1929 musical Penny Arcade, going on to reprise the role in the 1930 film version, Sinner's Holiday.
  • After his star-making turn as a gangster in the 1931 Warner Bros. film Public Enemy, he defied typecasting by giving acclaimed performances in the 1935 Shakespearean drama A Midsummer Night's Dream, the 1942 musical Yankee Doodle Dandy and the 1961 Billy Wilder satire One, Two, Three.
  • Fought for freedom from the Hollywood studio system, serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild and, with his brother William, forming his own production company, Cagney Productions.
  • In 1981, ended a 20-year retirement with a small part in Milos Forman's Ragtime, then gave just one additional performance, in the 1984 TV-movie Terrible Joe Moran, before his 1986 death from a heart attack.

Awards

  • 1977, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Life Achievement Award: Winner
  • 1955, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1938, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1942, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner

Relationships

  • Frances Willard Cagney — Wife
  • James Francis Cagney — Father
  • Carolyn Nelson Cagney — Mother
  • William Cagney — Brother
  • Jeanne Cagney — Sister
  • Cathleen Thomas — Daughter
  • Edward Cagney — Brother
  • Harry Cagney — Brother
  • James Cagney Jr. — Son

College

  • Attended Columbia University, New York, New York, United States

Details

  • Birth Name: James Francis Cagney Jr.
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Died: March 30, 1986
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Voice-overs

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