NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- William Cagney, former movie producer and brother of film legend James Cagney, died Sunday of a heart attack, a family member said. He was 82.
The younger brother of the scrappy tough-talking actor was the last surviving member of the five-sibling Cagney clan, said his neice, Terry Morrison, daughter of the Cagneys' actress sister, Jeanne.
Cagney died Sunday morning at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach.
He and his brother, James, who died in 1986, were partners in Cagney Productions, Inc., which they formed in 1942 to produce such James Cagney films as 'The Time of Your Life,' 'A Lion is in the Street,' 'Blood on the Sun' and 'Johnny Come Lately.'
He produced the Cagney classic, 'Yankee Doodle Dandy,' which co-starred Jeanne Cagney, while his brother was under contract to Warner Bros. Studios.
Cagney also managed his brother's career, negotiating his contracts with movie mogul Jack Warner who once agreed to a Cagney brothers' demand for a 'happiness clause,' which stated the actor would not work unless he was happy.
The five Cagney siblings -- Harry, Edward, James, William and Jeanne - were born on New York City's East Side to an Irish bartender father and an Irish-Norwegian mother.
All ultimately moved to California, where Harry and Edward practiced medicine while William, James and Jeanne continued show business careers. William Cagney was featured as an actor in about 10 films before becoming a producer.
'They were inseparable,' Morrison said. 'They all trooped out here to be together.'
William Cagney retired from the film business in 1965, spending his later years as a real estate investor, Morrison said.
He is survived by a daughter, Jill Simpson of Huntington Beach, and a son, Stephen, of Los Angeles -- children from his first marriage to showgirl Boots Mallory -- another son, William Jr., of Los Angeles, by his second wife, socialite Nadine Barker, from whom he was divorced in 1954; neices Morrison and Maryann Roberts, both of Orange County and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were scheduled for Friday at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church in Newport Beach.