James Francis Cagney portrait photo with authentic signature, signed in November 1974.
4,5 x 7 inches. Fine condition.
James Francis Cagney, Jr. (1899 –1986) was an American film star who won acclaim for a wide variety of roles, including the career-launching The Public Enemy. He was an accomplished vaudeville performer, won an Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of a song-and-dance man in 1942 in Yankee Doodle Dandy, but is still best known for his 'tough guy' roles. Like James Stewart, Cagney became so familiar to audiences that they usually referred to him as "Jimmy" Cagney — a billing never found on any of his films. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Cagney eighth among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time.
Cagney was among Stanley Kubrick's favorite actors and was declared by Orson Welles as "maybe the greatest actor to ever appear in front of a camera." Warner Brothers would arrange private screenings of Cagney films for Winston Churchill.
He was president of the Screen Actors Guild for two terms, and made numerous morale-boosting tours of troops during World War II.
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