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Job Actor, dancer
Years active 1919-84
Known for Quintessential "tough guy"; gangsters; rapid-fire speaking voice and a brutally hostile manner
Top Roles Eddie Bartlett, John Jones, Bottom, the Weaver, George M. Cohan, Extra
Top GenresDrama, Comedy, Romance, Crime, Action, Musical
Top TopicsGangsters, Book-Based, True Story (based on)
Top Collaborators (Producer), (Producer), (Producer),
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James Cagney Overview:

Legendary actor, James Cagney, was born James Francis Cagney on Jul 17, 1899 in New York City, NY. Cagney appeared in over 65 film and TV roles. His best known films include The Public Enemy, Blonde Crazy, Angels with Dirty Faces, The Roaring Twenties, The Strawberry Blonde, Yankee Doodle Dandy, White Heat, Love Me or Leave Me and Mister Roberts. Cagney died at the age of 86 on Mar 30, 1986 in Stanfordville, NY and was laid to rest in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, Westchester County, NY.

MINI BIO:

The quintessential "tough guy", Cagney was short, jaunty and aggressive with a much-imitated clock-work tippy-toe strut (probably inherited from his Broadway dancing days), a rasping rapid-fire speaking voice, and a brutally hostile manner. He usually played cocksure, punch-happy characters who rarely bit off more than they could chew, although he could also easily play light comedy. He remains one of the most sharply-defined stars from American cinema's vintage years.

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AUTOBIOGRAPHY:

Cagney's autobiography Cagney by Cagney was published in 1976 and is still available in print and digitally.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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James Cagney was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning one for Best Actor for Yankee Doodle Dandy (as George M. Cohan) in 1942.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1938Best ActorAngels with Dirty Faces (1938)Rocky SullivanNominated
1942Best ActorYankee Doodle Dandy (1942)George M. CohanWon
1955Best ActorLove Me or Leave Me (1955)Martin SnyderNominated
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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. In addition, Cagney was immortalized on a US postal stamp in 1999.

BlogHub Articles:

and Pat O'Brien in Angels with Dirty Faces

By Amanda Garrett on Nov 19, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm writing about the friendship of Rocky Sullivan () and Jerry Conolly (Pat O'Brien) in Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), This article is part of the You Gotta Have Friends Blogathon hosted by Moon in Gemini. A gentle reminder that this article contains spoilers for a 78-year... Read full article


Warner Archive--Doris Day and on Blu-ray in Love Me or Leave Me (1955)

By KC on Oct 6, 2016 From Classic Movies

So much of the joy of Love Me or Leave Me is in the luxurious MGM-style polish of the production. There's the beautiful sets, the too gorgeous to be real costumes and the beauty of the luscious color photography. This glossy fictionalization of the rise of chanteuse Ruth Etting and her relationships... Read full article


Raoul Walsh and ’s 4 Films Together

By Judy on Jan 23, 2016 From Movie Classics

Raoul Walsh and This is my contribution to the Symbiotic Collaborations blogathon, being hosted by CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch. Please take a look at the other postings, which all focus on collaborations between a director and star. Both Raoul Walsh and are know... Read full article


A Talk About

By David on Nov 8, 2015 From The Man on the Flying Trapeze

I'm a fan of . I've written about him here, here, here, here, here and here. To me he is one of a handful of movie stars with a real sense of physical style as well as acting expertise. Dan Schneider, the impresario behind the arts site Cosmoetica, graciously invited me and fellow film b... Read full article


and Pat O'Brien

By Amanda Garrett on Mar 16, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, we're participating in the Luck of the Irish Blog O'Thon with a feature on two of old Hollywood's legendary Irish Americans, and Pat O'Brien. Here's Cagney (front row, left) and O'Brien (front row, right) at the races with their fellow "Irish mafia" members Frank McHugh (back row... Read full article


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James Cagney Quotes:

James Frazier: Rocky?
Rocky Sullivan: Yeah, Rocky. I ain't dead yet. Give me those keys. Get going.


Virginia Brush: [they are at the Statue of Liberty and they watch a woman slap a man for trying to kiss her]
Virginia Brush: And she was right too.
Biff Grimes: Well, if a man can't get liberties here, where can he?


Peripetchikoff: While they are putting Uncle Sam in cuckoo clock, we will put Soviet cosmonaut on moon.
C.R. MacNamara: Okay, so you guys may be the first to shoot a man to the moon, but if he wants a Coke on the way, you'll have to come to us.


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James Cagney Facts
Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan at a ceremony at the White House on 26 March 1984.

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.

His electric acting style was a huge influence on future generations of actors. Actors as diverse as Clint Eastwood and Malcolm McDowell point to him as their number one influence to become actors.

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