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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. Ending three decades on the screen, he retired to his farm in ... 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)
Narrator
 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
 1950 The West Point Story
Elwin 'Bix' Bixby
 1950 Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
Ralph Cotter
 1948 The Time of Your Life
Joseph T. (who observes people)
 1943 Johnny Come Lately
Tom Richards
 1943 You, John Jones! (Short)
John Jones
 1942 Captains of the Clouds
Brian MacLean
 1941 The Bride Came C.O.D.
Steve Collins
 1941 The Strawberry Blonde
Biff Grimes
 1940 City for Conquest
Danny Kenny
 1940 Torrid Zone
Nick Butler
 1940 The Fighting 69th
Jerry Plunkett
 1939 The Oklahoma Kid
Jim Kincaid
 1938 Boy Meets Girl
Robert Law
 1937 Something to Sing About
Terrence 'Terry' Rooney (stage name of Thadeus McGillicuddy)
 1936 Great Guy
Johnny 'Red' Cave
 1935 Frisco Kid
Bat Morgan
 1935 Mutiny on the Bounty (uncredited)
 1935 The Irish in Us
Danny O'Hara
 1935 Devil Dogs of the Air
Tommy O'Toole
 1934 The St. Louis Kid
Eddie Kennedy
 1934 Here Comes the Navy
Chesty
 1934 He Was Her Man
Flicker Hayes, aka Jerry Allen
 1934 Jimmy the Gent
Jimmy
 1933 Lady Killer
Dan
 1933 Picture Snatcher
Danny
 1933 Hard to Handle
Lefty Merrill
 1932 Winner Take All
Jim 'Jimmy' Kane
 1932 The Crowd Roars
Joe Greer
 1932 Taxi!
Matt Nolan
 1931 Smart Money
Jack
 1931 The Millionaire
Schofield
 1931 Other Men's Women
Ed
 1930 The Doorway to Hell
Mileaway
 1930 Sinners' Holiday
Harry Delano
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Other Works:

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 »

Publicity Listings:

5 Biographical Movies | 8 Print Biographies | 4 Portrayals | 18 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

5' 6½" (1.69 m)
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Personal Quote:

You know, the period of World War I and the Roaring Twenties were really just about the same as today. You worked, and you made a living if you could, and you tried to make the best of things. For an actor or a dancer, it was no different then than today. It was a struggle. See more »

Trivia:

According to his autobiography his brother Bill (who was also his manager) actively pursued the role of Cohan in the ultra-patriotic film Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) as a way of removing the taint of Cagney's radical activities in the 1930s, when he was a strong Roosevelt liberal. When Cohan himself learned about Cagney's background as a song-and-dance man in vaudeville, he okay-ed him for the ... See more »

Trademark:

Diminutive but nimble frame See more »

Nickname:

The Professional Againster See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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