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|Also Known As:||Died:||March 30, 1986|
|Born:||July 17, 1899||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||New York City, New York, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
RATE AND COMMENT
Broadway debut in chorus of "Pitter Patter"
Worked in vaudeville
Worked on Broadway in revues and such plays as "Penny Arcade"
Signed by Warner Bros.; film acting debut in "Penny Arcade" adaptation "Sinner's Holiday" (reviving role from stage version)
Achieved stardom in "The Public Enemy"
Disputes with Warner Bros. led to his making several films away from the studio: "Great Guy" (1936), "Something to Sing About" (1937)
Broke with Warner Bros.
Served as president of Screen Actors Guild
Formed production company with brother William Cagney; first film "Johnny Come Lately"
Sole film directing credit, "Short Cut to Hell"
Last film for many years, "One Two Three"; retired to a farm he owned
One-shot return to feature films, "Ragtime"
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