James Cagney biography 2022

Actor James Cagney

James Cagney biography

James Cagney was born July 17, 1899, in Lower East Side, New York City, New York, USA.

He was an American actor and one of Hollywood's central stars in the 1930s and 1940s.

Dynamic, agile, and with dangerous smiles and machine-gun rapid lines, James Cagney played underworld types in all guises from his breakthrough in The Public Enemy (1931) to White Heat (1949).

Outside the gangster genre, Cagney portrayed Broadway star George Michael Cohan (1878-1942) with gusto and vitality in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942).

Cagney retired in 1961, frustrated and worn out after his verbal equilibrist role in Billy Wilder's Berlin Cold War comedy One, Two, Three (1961), which has gained cult status in Germany over the years.

In 1981, James Cagney made a comeback with all his old radiance intact in MiloŇ° Forman's Ragtime.

Died on March 30, 1986, in Stanfordville, New York, USA.

last updated October 2022

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