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Biography:
Birth Name: James Cagney
Born: 07/17/1899
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA
Death Place: Stanfordville, New York, USA
Died: 03/30/1986

Raised in New York City's tough Yorkville neighborhood, Cagney was a veteran of settlement house revues, vaudeville and five years of Broadway when he came to Warner Bros. in 1930. Cagney, Bette Davis and Edward G. Robinson, all signed to long-term contracts during this period, became the core of the studio's stock company, which also included character and supporting players such as Alan Jenkins and Frank McHugh. After playing several featured roles Cagney attained instant and lasting fame with his role as vicious gunman Tom Powers in William Wellman's "The Public Enemy" (1931).

"The Public Enemy"'s story of a wisecracking hood who seemed to delight in violence indelibly stamped the gang... Continue Bio >>

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