Born Catholic, Cagney, who featured in everything from light comedy to gangster films, is perhaps best known for his role of George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy, for which he won an Academy Award. He stayed married to his sweetheart his entire life, and the couple adopted two children. After his funeral in 1986, in the same church where he was confirmed and served as an altar boy, the Rev. John Catoir, director of The Christophers, a Roman Catholic media organization, said: "Jimmy Cagney was not the most pious man to walk across the stage
... but he was good to the core of his being," according to the LA Times.