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