Attended Columbia University School of Fine Arts, began appearing in plays put on by Lenox Hill Settlement House.
Fifth film for Warner's was The Public Enemy (1931) -- Cagney became, and stayed, one of studio's top stars for over 20 years. Made films for MGM, Paramount, Universal in the '50s, retired from acting in 1961 -- with one return to the screen in 1981's Ragtime.
Modest, private man off the screen. Lived out his childhood dream of residing on a farm, staying close to the land, from the '30s til the end of his life.
James Cagney died on March 30, 1986.
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