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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 Bottom, the Weaver, George M. Cohan, John Jones, Eddie Bartlett, Martin Snyder
Top GenresDrama, Comedy, Romance, Crime, Action, Musical
Top TopicsGangsters, Book-Based, True Story (based on)
Top Collaborators (Producer), (Producer), (Producer),
Shares birthday with Phyllis Diller, R. Henry Grey, Marcel Dalio  see more..

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:

Cody Jarrett: I told you to keep away from that radio. If that battery is dead it'll have company.


[George M. Cohan comes into apartment and smells something cooking]
George M. Cohan: Mmmmm... ham or bacon?
Mary: Bacon.
George M. Cohan: Good. Ham makes me self-conscious.


Rocky Sullivan: You've done very alright. Very alright, Frazier. I'm mighty proud of you. Why shouldn't I be. We're partners ain't we?
James Frazier: Of course, Rocky. Of course.
Rocky Sullivan: Just like we said three years ago, huh?


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James Cagney Facts
James Cagney is caricaturized in a Merrie Melodies short cartoon called Hollywood Steps Out directed by Tex Avery (Warner Brothers 1941). The action takes place in the famed Ciro's nightclub where the Hollywood stars are having dinner. Cagney informs Humphrey Bogart and George Raft that they must prepare to do something risky. The trio of "tough guys" get ready, turn start pitching pennies.

Was of Irish-Norwegian origin.

Named the #8 greatest Actor on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends List by The American Film Institute

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