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James Cagney

James Cagney (actor; born July 17, 1899, New York, New York; died March 30, 1986) James Cagney was born in the tough Yorkville section of Manhattan, to James Cagney Sr. and Carolyn Nelson Cagney. His father was a bartender and an accomplished amateur boxer. Cagney learned at a young age how to use his fists. By the time he was 14, he had earned a reputation for being one of Yorkville's best young fighters.