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James Cagney

Actor James Cagney

Profession: Actor

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Best remembered for playing a wide variety of tough guys. Some of his most well known films include "The Public Enemy" opposite Jean Harlow (1931) and "Angels with Dirty Faces" (1938) for which he was nominated for best Actor. Cagney went on to win Best actor for "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1942).

Born: July 17, 1899
Birthplace: NYC, New York, USA

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Cancer

Died: March 30, 1986 (aged 86)
Cause of Death: Heart attack

Married Life

  • 1922-09-28 Stage and film actor James Cagney (23) weds dancer Frances Vernon

Historical Events

  • 1931-04-23 US gangster film "The Public Enemy" starring James Cagney and Jean Harlow premieres
  • 1942-05-29 "Yankee Doodle Dandy", based on life of George M. Cohan, directed by Michael Curtiz, starring James Cagney and Joan Lesley, premieres in NYC (Academy Awards Best Actor 1943)
  • 1943-03-04 15th Academy Awards: "Mrs. Miniver", James Cagney & Greer Garson win

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