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

How Many Films did and Humphrey Bogart Star in Together?

By Annmarie Gatti on Apr 20, 2021 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

How Many Films did and Humphrey Bogart Star in Together? Cagney and Bogart, two very well-dressed but ruthless, gangsters... Read full article


How Many Films did and Pat O’Brien Star in Together?

By Annmarie Gatti on Mar 16, 2021 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

How Many Films did and Pat O’Brien Star in Together? It’s a friendship that’s endured for 55 years. – Pat O’Brien, about his friendship with and Pat O’Brien were friends for almost 60 years, working together in nume... Read full article


On Blu-ray: and Joan Blondell in Busby Berkeley's Footlight Parade (1933)

By KC on Sep 12, 2019 From Classic Movies

All film fans have their cinematic version of comfort food and mine is the musicals of choreographer Busby Berkeley. These busy, bubbly productions full of wit, beauty and excitement are pleasant to have on in the background, but deserving of the most devoted attention. I’m especially fond of ... Read full article


City for Conquest (1940): Starring , Ann Sheridan, and Arthur Kennedy

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 29, 2019 From 4 Star Films

Upon being immersed in City for Conquest, it feels like a cast of millions because so many familiar faces make an appearance for any given amount of time. Surely, the most important coupling is and Ann Sheridan who are paired much in the same way as Angel With Dirty Faces (1938), playin... Read full article


March Madness #3:

By Kat_Selby on Mar 3, 2018 From All Good Things

Welcome to Day 3 of MARCH MADNESS! Every day one Super-star will be featured - a star that did many types of roles, from the really really BAD to the sweetest-dearest-most darling! DAY 2 Results: Humphrey Bogart's rough-gruff meanie, "Duke Mantee" won out over gentler roles, such as "Linus Lara... Read full article


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James Cagney Quotes:

Panama Smith: I'm sick of watching you try to put out that torch you carry for her with a lot of cheap hooch. Who does the kid look like?
Eddie Bartlett: Like her.
Panama Smith: And they got a nice house.
Eddie Bartlett: Yeah, it's a nice house if you like that kind of a house, but for me, uh, I'll take a hotel anytime. You know that.
Panama Smith: Me too. Ain't it funny how our tastes have always run the same? Ever since the first time we met. I can just picture you living in the suburbs, working in a garden, raising flowers and kids. Wouldn't that be a laugh.
Eddie Bartlett: Yeah, wouldn't I look cute?


C.R. MacNamara: Ten minutes early! That's a hell of a way to run an airline! Planes are supposed to be late, not early!


Mrs. Susan 'Susie' Seabrook: But don't you think he'd be good for Happy? He's an outdoor man.
Robert Law: So's the guy who collects my garbage.


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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.

Brother of actor-producer William Cagney and of actress Jeanne Cagney.

Encouraged by his mother to take up boxing as a hobby. She thought it was a necessary skill to have, especially in the rough Eastside section of New York City where he grew up. She would often show up and watch him take on neighborhood kids in a street fight. However when he wanted to become a professional boxer, she disapproved. She started to put on a pair of boxing gloves and told him "If you want to become a professional fighter, then your first fight will have to be against me". He abandoned the idea of doing boxing professionally from that moment on.

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