James Cagney was the American cinema's quitessential "tough guy."
He made his film debut in 1930. The following year he soared to stardom when he smashed a grapefruit in Mae Clarke's face in THE PUBLIC ENEMY. Under contract to Warner Bros., Cagney remained the top tough guy for the next two decades, starring in such films as LADY KILLER, G-MEN and WHITE HEAT.
It was his performances in such roles that led Bette Davis to once remark he was the actor who "made the gangster artistic." Ironically, Cagney won the Oscar® for playing George M. Cohan in the musical YANKEE DOODLE DANDY. In 1974, Cagney was honored with the 2nd AFI Life Achievement Award.
James Cagney Honored
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