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Also Known As: James Francis Cagney Jr. Died: March 30, 1986
Born: July 17, 1899 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, producer, copyboy, female impersonator, director, vaudevillian, newspaper office boy, bouncer, switchboard operator, book custodian, poolroom racker, junior architect, ticket taker, gift wrapper, waiter, bellhop

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The American gangster film, and the output of Warner Bros. in its most influential decade, would be unimaginable without the contributions of James Cagney. One of talking pictures' first generation of actors, Cagney forever romanticized the figures of the criminal and the con artist with his jittery physical dynamism and breakneck staccato vocal patterns.

The American gangster film, and the output of Warner Bros. in its most influential decade, would be unimaginable without the contributions of James Cagney. One of talking pictures' first generation of actors, Cagney forever romanticized the figures of the criminal and the con artist with his jittery physical dynamism and breakneck staccato vocal patterns.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Short Cut to Hell (1957) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Entertaining the Troops (1989) Himself
2.
 Terrible Joe Moran (1984) Joe Moran
3.
 Going Hollywood: The War Years (1983) Himself (Archival Footage)
4.
 Ragtime (1981) Commander Rheinlander Waldo
5.
 It's Showtime (1976) Himself
6.
 Arizona Bushwhackers (1968) Narrator
7.
 One, Two, Three (1961) C. R. MacNamara
8.
 The Gallant Hours (1960) Fleet Admiral William F. ["Bull"] Halsey, Jr., USN
9.
 Shake Hands with the Devil (1959) Sean Lenihan
10.
 Never Steal Anything Small (1959) Jake MacIllaney
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1920:
Broadway debut in chorus of "Pitter Patter"
1921:
Worked in vaudeville
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Worked on Broadway in revues and such plays as "Penny Arcade"
1930:
Signed by Warner Bros.; film acting debut in "Penny Arcade" adaptation "Sinner's Holiday" (reviving role from stage version)
1931:
Achieved stardom in "The Public Enemy"
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Disputes with Warner Bros. led to his making several films away from the studio: "Great Guy" (1936), "Something to Sing About" (1937)
1942:
Broke with Warner Bros.
:
Served as president of Screen Actors Guild
1943:
Formed production company with brother William Cagney; first film "Johnny Come Lately"
1957:
Sole film directing credit, "Short Cut to Hell"
1961:
Last film for many years, "One Two Three"; retired to a farm he owned
1981:
One-shot return to feature films, "Ragtime"
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Education

Columbia University: New York , New York -
Stuyvesant High School: New York , New York - 1917

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wife:
Frances Willard Vernon. Married from 1922 until his death; died on October 10, 1994 at the age of 95.

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mother:
Carolyn Nelson Cagney. Irish-Norwegian.
brother:
Harry Cagney. Doctor. Eldest of five children.
brother:
Edward Cagney. Doctor.
brother:
William Cagney. Producer.
sister:
Jeanne Cagney. Actor.
son:
James Cagney Jr. Adopted; born on November 25, 1939; died in January 1984 of a heart attack.
daughter:
Cathleen Cagney. Adopted.
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"Cagney" Alfred A. Knopf

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