Legendary actor, James Cagney, was born James Francis Cagney on Jul 17, 1899 in New York City, NY. Cagney appeared in over 65 film and TV roles. His best known films include The Public Enemy, Blonde Crazy, Angels with Dirty Faces, The Roaring Twenties, The Strawberry Blonde, Yankee Doodle Dandy, White Heat, Love Me or Leave Me and Mister Roberts. Cagney died at the age of 86 on Mar 30, 1986 in Stanfordville, NY and was laid to rest in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, Westchester County, NY.
The quintessential "tough guy", Cagney was short, jaunty and aggressive with a much-imitated clock-work tippy-toe strut (probably inherited from his Broadway dancing days), a rasping rapid-fire speaking voice, and a brutally hostile manner. He usually played cocksure, punch-happy characters who rarely bit off more than they could chew, although he could also easily play light comedy. He remains one of the most sharply-defined stars from American cinema's vintage years.(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Stars).
Cagney's autobiography Cagney by Cagney was published in 1976 and is still available in print and digitally.
HONORS and AWARDS:.
James Cagney was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning one for Best Actor for Yankee Doodle Dandy (as George M. Cohan) in 1942.
|1938||Best Actor||Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)||Rocky Sullivan||Nominated|
|1942||Best Actor||Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)||George M. Cohan||Won|
|1955||Best Actor||Love Me or Leave Me (1955)||Martin Snyder||Nominated|
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James Frazier: Listen, Rocky. I'm pulling every string I can. I'm seeing the all right people. And I think I can get you off with about three years.
Rocky Sullivan: You talk like I can do that three years in a handstand. It's a long time. That ain't no picnic. You'll be outside having it soft right on those cushions.
James Frazier: I know it's a tough break, Rocky. But I'm not gonna mark time. I'm gonna scout around, make connections. Not only for me, but for both of us. You understand?
Rocky Sullivan: Why should I take the fall?
James Frazier: There's no other way out. Now, be sensible. If they get me too, I'll not only be disbarred, but they'll check on my vault box and grab that hundred grand. You don't want to lose that dough, do you?
Rocky Sullivan: Alright, Frazier. It's my rap and I'll take it. But it's my hundred grand and I'll take that too, the day that I get out.
Hank Meyers: [reacting to Terry's real name] Thaddeus McGillicuddy?
Rita Wyatt: We like it.
Hank Meyers: Are you kidding, Terry?
Terrence 'Terry'; Rooney: Oh no, absolutely on the level. I'm sorry, Hank - they did it to me when I was asleep.
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