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:

Cody Jarrett: Made it, Ma! Top of the world!


C.R. MacNamara: The only thing I want from you, Scarlett Piffl, is silence. And very little of it!


George Halley: [In the shell hole: Eddie offers a cigarette to George. He in turn takes it, and then picks out bugs that apparently infest everything] Ah, look at that. Them cooties are gettin' desperate: they're feedin' off tobacco.
Eddie Bartlett: How much can a cootie smoke?


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James Cagney was originally cast as Robin Hood, but walked out on his contract with Warner brothers, paving the way for Errol Flynn, although filming was postponed three years.

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

Had two adopted children, Cathleen "Cassie" and James Jr.

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