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James Cagney (I) (1899–1986)

One of Hollywood's preeminent male stars of all time (eclipsed, perhaps, only by "King" Clark Gable and arguably by Gary Cooper or Spencer Tracy), and the cinema's quintessential "tough guy", James Cagney was also an accomplished--if rather stiff--hoofer and easily played light comedy. James Francis Cagney was born on the Lower East Side of ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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 1984 Terrible Joe Moran (TV Movie)
Joe Moran
 1968 Arizona Bushwhackers
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1966 The Ballad of Smokey the Bear (TV Movie)
 1959 Shake Hands with the Devil
Sean Lenihan
 1959 Never Steal Anything Small
Jake MacIllaney
 1957 The Christophers (TV Series)
Professor Graham
- A Link in the Chain (1957) ... Professor Graham
 1956 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
George Bridgeman
- Soldier from the Wars Returning (1956) ... George Bridgeman
 1956 These Wilder Years
Steve Bradford
 1955 Run for Cover
Matt Dow
 1953 A Lion Is in the Streets
Hank Martin
 1951 Starlift
James Cagney
 1951 Come Fill the Cup
Lew Marsh
 1948 The Time of Your Life
Joseph T. (who observes people)
 1943 Johnny Come Lately
Tom Richards
 1943 You, John Jones! (Short)
John Jones
 1937 Something to Sing About
Terrence 'Terry' Rooney (stage name of Thadeus McGillicuddy)
 1935 Mutiny on the Bounty (uncredited)
 1935 Devil Dogs of the Air
Tommy O'Toole
 1934 He Was Her Man
Flicker Hayes, aka Jerry Allen
 1934 Jimmy the Gent
 1933 The Mayor of Hell
 1932 Winner Take All
Jim 'Jimmy' Kane
 1932 Taxi!
Matt Nolan
 1931 Smart Money
 1931 The Millionaire
 1931 Other Men's Women
 1930 The Doorway to Hell
 1930 Sinners' Holiday
Harry Delano
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Stage: Appeared in "Grand Street Follies" on Broadway. Musical revue. Book by / lyrics by / directed by Agnes Morgan. Music by Max Ewing, Lily Hyland, Serge Walter. Booth Theatre: 28 May 1928-Oct 1928 (closing date unknown/144 performances). Cast: Vera Allen, George Bratt, Hal Brogan, Albert Carroll, Frances Cowles, Jean Crittenden, ... See more »

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5 Biographical Movies | 9 Print Biographies | 4 Portrayals | 19 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


5' 6½" (1.69 m)

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[on his Hollywood arrival] I came out here on a three week guarantee, and I stayed, to my absolute amazement, for thirty-one years. See more »


According to James Cagney's autobiography Cagney By Cagney, (Published by Doubleday and Company Inc 1976, and ghost written by show biz biographer Jack McCabe), a Mafia plan to murder Cagney by dropping a several hundred pound klieg light on top of him was stopped at the insistence of George Raft. Cagney at that time was president of the Screen Actors Guild, and was determined not to let the mob ... See more »


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