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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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 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 (as "Little Red") in "Outside Looking In" on Broadway. Comedy. Written by Maxwell Anderson. Based on the autobiography "Beggars of Life" by Jim Tully. Directed by Augustin Duncan. Greenwich Village Theatre (moved to The 39th Street Theatre from Nov 1925-close): 7 Sep 1925-Dec 1925 (closing date unknown/113 performances... 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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[about his most famous misquoted line] I never actually said, "Nnng-you dirty ra-at!" What I actually said was [imitating Cary Grant] "Judy! Judy! Judy!" See more »


Great grandfather of actress Fiona Cagney. See more »


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