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James Cagney, (July 17, 1899 - March 30, 1986) was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. His father died in the Spanish flu epidemic. Often known as Jimmy Cagney, he was stage actor, then a cinema star, and a dancer. He is near the top of the American Film Institute’s “50 Greatest American Screen Legends.” His many movies included “The Public Enemy,” “Mutiny on the Bounty,” “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” and “Angels with Dirty Faces.” He was married to dancer Frances “Billie” Vernon from 1922 until the end of his life, and together they adopted a daughter and a son. He died of a heart attack on Easter Sunday in 1986 at his home.

 

 

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