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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 11 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)

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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 (voice)
 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
Thadeus McGillicuddy aka Terry Rooney
 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
Patsy
 1932 Winner Take All
Jim 'Jimmy' Kane
 1932 Taxi!
Matt Nolan
 1931 How I Play Golf by Bobby Jones No. 11: 'Practice Shots' (Short)
James Cagney (uncredited)
 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:

(2/9/48) Radio: Appeared in a "Screen Guild Players" production of "Johnny Come Lately". 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:

[on his Hollywood arrival] I came out here on a three week guarantee, and I stayed, to my absolute amazement, for thirty-one years. See more »

Trivia:

His paternal grandparents and maternal grandmother were all of Irish descent, and his maternal grandfather was from Norway. As he told an interviewer shortly before his death in 1986: "My mother's father, my Grandpa Nelson, was a Norwegian sea captain, but when I tried to investigate those roots I didn't get very far, for he had apparently changed his name to another one that made it impossible ... See more »

Trademark:

Wise-cracking New Yorker persona See more »

Nickname:

The Professional Againster See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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