Tough-guy actor who won an Oscar for his role as George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy. He gained additional fame for his roles in Angeles With Dirty Faces and Love Me or Leave Me.
He worked as a bell hop, door man, and book custodian in New York City.
It is said his tough guy persona on screen from films like The Public Enemy rubbed off on him.
He married dancer Frances Willard Vernon in September 1922.
His 1931 movie, The Public Enemy, starred Jean Harlow.