James Cagney Biography (1899-1986)

Full name, James Francis Cagney, Jr.; born July 17, 1899, in New York, NY; died of a circulatory ailment in Stanfordville, NY, March 30, 1986; son of James (a bartender and saloon owner) and Carolyn (Nelson) Cagney; married FrancesWillard "Willie" Vernon (an actress, singer, and dancer), 1922; children: (adopted) James Jr. (died, 1984), Cathleen.

From his obituary in The New York Times, CTFT learned that after his retirement in 1961, James Cagney enjoyed his upstate New York farm where he raised Morgan horses, wrote verse, became a successful farmer, sailed, painted, and played classical guitar. "Absorption in things other than self," he observed, "is the secret of a happy life."

Birth Details
July 17, 1899
New York, New York, United States
Death Details
March 30, 1986
Stanfordville, New York, United States

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