James Cagney

James Cagney

You may have noticed that there is a photo of James Cagney next to my office door. For those of you who are not familiar  with James Cagney, he was one of the original song and dance men who made the transition from the vaudeville theaters to film. His most famous number was, "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy." and later was cast as a gangster  when gangsters wore suits and fedoras. Funny enough,  Baryshikov often said that James Cagney was his biggest inspiration and was a factor to why he wanted to emigrate to the US.

You may not have know that James Cagney had a summer home here on the Vineyard in Chilmark. As a matter of fact I live in an building that was once a Dairy where James Cagney would bring his eggs, now I have another connection and you do too. The doors to the office in the studio are from James Cagney's estate which is sadly getting torn down, but I believe the doors hold some magic, and all you have to do is touch them to get the JC (not to be compared to Jesus Christ , of course) spirit in your bones!