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James Cagney is ...

Dead
Born 17 Jul 1899 in New York City
Died 30 Mar 1986 in New York City
Age86 years, 8 months
Causemyocardial infarction
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James Cagney
James Cagney
Studio publicity photo of actor James Cagney.

About James Cagney

James Francis Cagney Jr. (July 17, 1899 – March 30, 1986) was an American actor and dancer, both on stage and in film, though he had his greatest impact in film. Known for his consistently energetic performances, distinctive vocal style, and deadpan comic timing, he won acclaim and major awards for a wide variety of performances. He is best remembered for playing multifaceted tough guys in movies such as The Public Enemy (1931), Taxi! (1932), Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), and White Heat (1949), and was typecast or limited by this view earlier in his career. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked him eighth among its list of greatest male stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema. Orson Welles said of Cagney, "[he was] maybe the greatest actor who ever appeared in front of a camera", and Stanley Kubrick considered him to be one of the best actors of all time. In his first professional acting performance, Cagney danced costumed as a woman in the chorus line of the revue Every Sailor, in 1919. He spent several years in vaudeville as a dancer and comedian, until he got his first major acting part in 1925. He secured several other roles, receiving good notices, before landing the lead in the 1929 play Penny Arcade. After rave reviews, Warner Bros. signed him for an initial $500-a-week, three-week contract to reprise his role; this was quickly extended to a seven-year contract. Cagney's seventh film, The Public Enemy, became one of the most influential gangster movies of the period. Notable for a famous scene in which Cagney pushes a grapefruit against Mae Clarke's face, the film thrust him into the spotlight. He became one of Hollywood's biggest stars and one of Warner Bros.' biggest contracts. In 1938, he received his first Academy Award for Best Actor nomination, for Angels with Dirty Faces, for his subtle portrayal of the tough guy/man-child Rocky Sullivan. In 1942, Cagney won the Oscar for his energetic portrayal of George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy. He was nominated a third time in 1955 for Love Me or Leave Me. Cagney retired from acting and dancing in 1961 to spend time on his farm with his family. He came out of retirement 20 years later for a part in the movie Ragtime (1981), mainly to aid his recovery from a stroke. Cagney walked out on Warner Bros. several times over the course of his career, each time returning on much improved personal and artistic terms. In 1935, he sued Warner for breach of contract and won. This was one of the first times an actor prevailed over a studio on a contract issue. He worked for an independent film company for a year while the suit was being settled—and established his own production company, Cagney Productions, in 1942, before returning to Warner four years later. In reference to Cagney's refusal to be pushed around, Jack L. Warner called him "the Professional Againster". Cagney also made numerous morale-boosting troop tours before and during World War II and was president of the Screen Actors Guild for two years.

Death

Cagney died at his Dutchess County farm in Stanfordville, New York, on Easter Sunday 1986, of a heart attack. He was 86 years old. A funeral Mass was held at Manhattan's St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church. The eulogy at the funeral was given by his close friend, who was also the President of the United States at the time, Ronald Reagan. His pallbearers included the boxer Floyd Patterson, the dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov (who had hoped to play Cagney on Broadway), actor Ralph Bellamy, and the director Miloš Forman. Governor Mario M. Cuomo and Mayor Edward I. Koch were also in attendance at the service.

Cagney was interred in a crypt in the Garden Mausoleum at Cemetery of the Gate of Heaven in Hawthorne, New York.

Films

James Cagney has worked on the following films:

White Heat
1950 film by Raoul Walsh
1950
The Public Enemy
1931 film by William A. Wellman
1931
A Midsummer Night's Dream
1935 film by William Dieterle, Max Reinhardt
1935
The Gallant Hours
1960 American biopic docu-drama
1960
One, Two, Three
1961 film by Billy Wilder
1961
Mister Roberts
1955 film by Mervyn LeRoy, John Ford, Joshua Logan
1955
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
1982 film by Carl Reiner
1982
Ragtime
1981 film by Miloš Forman
1981
The Strawberry Blonde
1941 film by Raoul Walsh
1941
Footlight Parade
1933 film by Lloyd Bacon
1933
The Roaring Twenties
1939 film by Raoul Walsh
1939
Something to Sing About
1937 film by Victor Schertzinger
1937
G Men
1935 film by William Keighley
1935
What Price Glory?
1952 film by John Ford
1952
The Bride Came C.O.D.
1941 film by William Keighley
1941
Man of a Thousand Faces
1957 film by Joseph Pevney
1957
Love Me or Leave Me
1955 film by Charles Vidor
1955
Each Dawn I Die
1939 gangster film
1939
Boy Meets Girl
1938 American comedy film
1938
The West Point Story
1950 film by Roy Del Ruth
1950
Blood on the Sun
1945 film by Frank Lloyd
1945
Taxi!
1932 film by Roy Del Ruth
1932
13 Rue Madeleine
1947 film by Henry Hathaway
1947
Smart Money
1931 film by Alfred E. Green
1931
Shake Hands with the Devil
1959 film by Michael Anderson
1959
The Time of Your Life
1948 film by H. C. Potter
1948
Ceiling Zero
1936 film by Howard Hawks
1936
Devil Dogs of the Air
1935 film by Lloyd Bacon
1935
Here Comes the Navy
1934 film by Lloyd Bacon
1934
The Oklahoma Kid
1939 film by Lloyd Bacon
1939
Great Guy
1936 film by John G. Blystone
1936
The Fighting 69th
1940 film by William Keighley
1940
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
1950 film by Gordon Douglas
1950
A Lion Is in the Streets
1953 film by Raoul Walsh
1953
These Wilder Years
1956 film by Roy Rowland
1956
City for Conquest
1940 film by Anatole Litvak
1940
Lady Killer
1933 film by Roy Del Ruth
1933
Blonde Crazy
1931 film by Roy Del Ruth
1931
The Mayor of Hell
1933 film by Archie Mayo, Michael Curtiz
1933
Tribute to a Bad Man
1956 film by Robert Wise
1956
The Crowd Roars
1932 film by Howard Hawks
1932
The Doorway to Hell
1930 all-talking Pre-Code crime film
1930
Jimmy the Gent
1934 film by Michael Curtiz
1934
Winner Take All
1932 film by Roy Del Ruth
1932
Come Fill the Cup
1951 film by Gordon Douglas
1951
The Millionaire
1931 film by John G. Adolfi
1931
Picture Snatcher
1933 film by Lloyd Bacon
1933
The Seven Little Foys
1955 film by Melville Shavelson
1955
Johnny Come Lately
1943 film by William K. Howard
1943
Run for Cover
1955 film by Nicholas Ray
1955
The Irish in Us
1935 film by Lloyd Bacon
1935
Sinners' Holiday
1930 film by John G. Adolfi
1930
Frisco Kid
1935 film by Lloyd Bacon
1935
Torrid Zone
1940 film by William Keighley
1940
He Was Her Man
1934 mob film
1934
You, John Jones!
1943 film by Mervyn LeRoy
1943
Hard to Handle
1933 film by Mervyn LeRoy
1933
Arizona Bushwhackers
1968 Western film
1968
The St. Louis Kid
1934 film by Ray Enright
1934