Both acting legends were born in 1899, but under very different financial circumstances.
James Cagney started life in a tenement on Avenue D and East Eighth Street but grew up on East 96th Street in mostly German Yorkville.
“As a catcher for a Yorkville amateur baseball team, he played a game in 1919 at Sing Sing prison, where five former schoolmates were serving terms.”
Young Cagney went to Stuyvesant High School, then a semester at Columbia. He had jobs at the New York Sun, the New York Public Library, and Wanamaker’s department store on Astor Place.
Good thing he learned tap dancing as a kid. He was able to pick up extra cash doing vaudeville, which led to roles on Broadway and in movies.
Son of a doctor and suffragette, Bogart attended Trinity School, then Phillips Andover academy, where he was expelled.
His family money slowly draining away, he went into the Navy, then tried his hand at screenwriting before turning to acting.
“I was born to be indolent,” he reportedly said. “And this was the softest of rackets.”
[Photo: Bogart at age nine, from Upper West Side Story by Peter Salwen]