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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 "Ensemble") in "Grand Street Follies" on Broadway. Musical revue. Book by / lyrics by / directed by Agnes Morgan. Additional music by William K. Irwin and Serge Walter. Choreographed by Dave Gould. Booth Theatre: 1 May 1929-Jul 1928 (closing date unknown/93 performances). Cast: Hal Brogan (as "Ensemble"), Albert ... 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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I still think of myself essentially as a vaudevillian, as a song and dance man. The vaudevillians I knew by and large were marvelous people. Ninety percent of them had no schooling, but they had a vivid something or other about them that absolutely riveted an audience's attention. Those vaudevillians knew something that ultimately I came to understand and believe - that audiences are the ones who... See more »


New York City Mayor Ed Koch presented Cagney with the keys to the city on November 17, 1981. See more »


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