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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 »

Known For

White Heat
White Heat Cody Jarrett
(1949)
Angels with Dirty Faces
Angels with Dirty Faces Rocky Sullivan
(1938)
Yankee Doodle Dandy
Yankee Doodle Dandy George M. Cohan
(1942)
One, Two, Three
One, Two, Three C.R. MacNamara
(1961)

Filmography

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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
 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
Jimmy
 1933 The Mayor of Hell
Patsy
 1932 Winner Take All
Jim 'Jimmy' Kane
 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 in "Penny Arcade" on Broadway. Drama. Written by Marie Baumer. Directed by William Keighley. Fulton Theatre: 10 Mar 1930-Mar 1930 (closing date unknown/24 performances). Cast: Eleanor Andrus (as "Anna"), Harry Balcom (as "Johnston"), George Barbier (as "Sikes"), Don Beddoe (as "George"), Valerie Bergere (as "Mrs. ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Height:

5' 6½" (1.69 m)
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Personal Quote:

Where I come from, if there's a buck to be made, you don't ask questions, you go ahead and make it. See more »

Trivia:

Originally a very left-wing Democrat activist during the 1930s, Cagney later switched his viewpoint and became progressively more conservative with age. He supported his friend Ronald Reagan's campaigns for the Governorship of California in 1966 and 1970, as well as his Presidential campaigns in 1980 and 1984. President Reagan delivered the eulogy at Cagney's funeral in 1986. See more »

Trademark:

Wise-cracking New Yorker persona See more »

Nickname:

The Professional Againster See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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