James Cagney

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James Cagney

Born

7/17/1899, Yonkers, New York, USA

Died

3/30/1986

Birth Name

James Francis Cagney

Gender

Male

Also Known As

James Cageny, Jimmy Cagney
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James Cagney was an American stage performer who transitioned into motion picture acting where he earned an Academy Award. Cagney was born in New York City, and he majored in art at Colombia University. Tap dancing brought Cagney to the Manhattan vaudeville circuit in the 20s, and the…more

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  • Tough guy off the Lower East Side!

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    James Cagney, actor, dancer, painter, was a tough kid off New York's Lower East Side. In Cagney's youth, you made a dollar any way possible and didn't ask a whole lot of questions how-as described by Cagney's own words. The son of a saloon-keeper, Cagney was never at a loss for words or any less quick when his fists were called for in a situation. Cagney's rough exterior was perfect for the gangster films of the 1930's. He first made a name for himself in the film "The Public Enemy" as a ruthless thug. This was the film where Cagney shoved the grapefruit in the face of his moll (Fay Wray) and forever liked himself to tough guys. Cagney went on to star in numerous films (including "Angels With Dirty Faces","The Roaring Twenties", "White Heat" and his Academy Award winning role of George M. Cohan in"Yankee Doodle Dandy")during a career that lasted into the 1960's.moreless
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