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James Cagney (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 8 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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White Heat
White Heat Cody Jarrett
Angels with Dirty Faces
Angels with Dirty Faces Rocky Sullivan
Yankee Doodle Dandy
Yankee Doodle Dandy George M. Cohan
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One, Two, Three C.R. MacNamara


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 1968 Arizona Bushwhackers
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1959 Shake Hands with the Devil
Sean Lenihan
 1959 Never Steal Anything Small
Jake MacIllaney
 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
 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
Jimmy Corrigan
 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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(5/22/39) Radio: Appeared (as "Rocky Sullivan") in "Angels with Dirty Faces" on "Lux Radio Theatre". See more »

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5 Biographical Movies | 9 Print Biographies | 4 Portrayals | 1 Interview | 20 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 3 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


5' 6½" (1.69 m)

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My biggest concern is that doing a rough-and-tumble scene I might hurt someone accidentally. See more »


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


Famous for his gangster roles he played in the 1930s and 1940s (which made his only Oscar win as the musical composer/dancer/actor George M.Cohan most ironic). See more »


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