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James Francis Cagney, Jr. (July 17, 1899 – March 30, 1986) was an American film actor. Although he won acclaim and major awards for a wide variety of roles, he is best remembered for playing "tough guys." In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked him eighth among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time. In his first performing role, he danced dressed as a woman in the chorus line of the 1919 revue Every Sailor. He spent several years in vaudeville as a hoofer and comedian until his first major acting role in 1925. He secured several other roles, receiving good reviews before landing the lead in the 1929 play Penny Arcade. After rave reviews for his acting, Warners signed him for an initial $500 a week, three-week contract to reprise his role; this was quickly extended to a seven year contract. Cagney's seventh film, The Public Enemy, became one of the most influential gangster movies of the period. Notable for its famous grapefruit scene, the film thrust Cagney into the spotlight, making him one of Warners' and Hollywood's biggest stars. In 1938, he received his first Academy Award for Best Actor nomination for Angels with Dirty Faces, before winning in 1942 for his portrayal of George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy. He was nominated a third time in 1955 for Love Me or Leave Me. Cagney retired for 20 years in 1961, spending time on his farm before returning for a part in Ragtime mainly to aid his recovery from a stroke. Cagney walked out on Warners several times over his career, each time coming back on improved personal and artistic terms. In 1935, he sued Warners for breach of contract and won; this marked one of the first times an actor had beaten a studio over a contract issue. He worked for an independent film company for a year while the suit was settled, and also established his own production company, Cagney Productions, in 1942 before returning to Warners again four years later. Jack Warner called him "The Professional Againster", in reference to Cagney’s refusal to be pushed around. Cagney also made numerous morale-boosting troop tours before and during World War II, and was President of the Screen Actors Guild for two years.

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​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.  

James Francis Cagney, Jr. (July 17, 1899 – March 30, 1986) was an American film actor. Although he won acclaim and major awards for a wide variety of roles, he is best remembered for playing "tough guys." In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked him eighth among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time. In his first performing role, he danced dressed as a woman in the chorus line of the 1919 revue Every Sailor. He spent several years in vaudeville as a hoofer and comedian until his first major acting role in 1925. He secured several other roles, receiving good reviews before landing the lead in the 1929 play Penny Arcade. After rave reviews for his acting, Warners signed him for an initial $500 a week, three-week contract to reprise his role; this was quickly extended to a seven year contract. Cagney's seventh film, The Public Enemy, became one of the most influential gangster movies of the period. Notable for its famous grapefruit scene, the film thrust Cagney into the spotlight, making him one of Warners' and Hollywood's biggest stars. In 1938, he received his first Academy Award for Best Actor nomination for Angels with Dirty Faces, before winning in 1942 for his portrayal of George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy. He was nominated a third time in 1955 for Love Me or Leave Me. Cagney retired for 20 years in 1961, spending time on his farm before returning for a part in Ragtime mainly to aid his recovery from a stroke. Cagney walked out on Warners several times over his career, each time coming back on improved personal and artistic terms. In 1935, he sued Warners for breach of contract and won; this marked one of the first times an actor had beaten a studio over a contract issue. He worked for an independent film company for a year while the suit was settled, and also established his own production company, Cagney Productions, in 1942 before returning to Warners again four years later. Jack Warner called him "The Professional Againster", in reference to Cagney’s refusal to be pushed around. Cagney also made numerous morale-boosting troop tours before and during World War II, and was President of the Screen Actors Guild for two years.

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 100

Birthday 1899-07-17

Day of Death 1986-03-30

Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Jimmy Cagney
  • James Francis Cagney
  • The Professional Againster
  • Джеймс Кэгни

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2017 This is Bob Hope...
2008 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History
2008 You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story as Himself (archive footage)
2008 Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film as (archive footage)
2006 Billy Wilder Speaks
2003 Complicated Women as Himself (archive footage)
1999 AFI Lifetime Achievement Award: A Tribute to Fred Astaire
1997 Bogart: The Untold Story
1990 Phil Collins: I Wish It Would Rain Down as Himself (archive footage)
1984 Terrible Joe Moran as Joe Moran
1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage as Himself (archive footage)
1982 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid as (in "White Heat") (archive footage)
1981 Ragtime as Police Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo
1978 The Kennedy Center Honors(1 episode)
1976 That's Entertainment, Part II
1975 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? as Himself
1966 The Ballad of Smokey the Bear as Narrator (voice)
1962 The Road to the Wall as Narrator
1961 One, Two, Three as C.R. MacNamara
1960 The Gallant Hours as Admiral William 'Bull' Halsey
1959 Shake Hands with the Devil as Sean Lenihan
1959 Never Steal Anything Small as Jake MacIllaney
1957 Man of a Thousand Faces as Lon Chaney
1957 Short Cut to Hell as Himself (prologue)
1956 These Wilder Years as Steve Bradford
1956 Tribute to a Bad Man as Jeremy Rodock
1955 The Seven Little Foys as George M. Cohan
1955 Mister Roberts as Capt. Morton
1955 Love Me or Leave Me as Martin Snyder
1955 Run for Cover as Matt Dow
1953 A Lion Is in the Streets as Hank Martin
1953 The Academy Awards(4 episodes)
1952 This Is Your Life(1 episode)
1952 What Price Glory as Captain Flagg
1951 Starlift as Himself, Cameo appearance
1951 Come Fill The Cup as Lew Marsh
1950 The West Point Story as Elwin Bixby
1950 Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye as Ralph Cotter
1950 Robert Montgomery Presents(1 episode)
1949 White Heat as Arthur 'Cody' Jarrett
1948 The Time of Your Life as Joseph T
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show(4 episodes)
1947 13 Rue Madeleine as Robert Emmett 'Bob' Sharkey
1947 Blow-Ups of 1947 as Himself
1945 Blood on the Sun as Nick Condon
1943 Johnny Come Lately as Tom Richards
1943 Show-Business at War as Himself
1943 You, John Jones! as John Jones
1942 Yankee Doodle Dandy as George M. Cohan
1942 Captains of the Clouds as Brian MacLean (bush pilot)
1942 Calling All Girls as Himself (archive footage)
1941 Breakdowns of 1941 as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
1941 The Bride Came C.O.D. as Steve Collins
1941 The Strawberry Blonde as T. L. "Biff" Grimes
1940 City for Conquest as Danny Kenny
1940 Torrid Zone as Nick Butler
1940 The Fighting 69th as Pvt. Jerry Plunkett
1940 Breakdowns of 1940 as Himself
1939 The Roaring Twenties as Eddie Bartlett
1939 Each Dawn I Die as Frank Ross
1939 Hollywood Hobbies as Himself
1939 The Oklahoma Kid as Jim Kincaid
1939 Breakdowns of 1939 as Himself
1938 Angels with Dirty Faces as Rocky Sullivan
1938 Boy Meets Girl as Robert Law
1937 Something to Sing About as Terrence 'Terry' Rooney
1936 Breakdowns of 1936 as Himself
1936 Great Guy as Johnny 'Red' Cave
1936 Ceiling Zero as Dizzy Davies
1935 A Dream Comes True as Himself (uncredited)
1935 Things You Never See on the Screen as Himself
1935 Frisco Kid as Bat Morgan
1935 Mutiny on the Bounty as (uncredited)
1935 A Midsummer Night's Dream as Bottom, the Weaver
1935 The Irish in Us as Danny O'Hara
1935 G-Men as 'Brick' Davis
1935 Devil Dogs of the Air as Tommy O'Toole
1935 A Trip Thru a Hollywood Studio as Himself (uncredited)
1934 The St. Louis Kid as Eddie Kennedy
1934 The Hollywood Gad-About as Himself (uncredited)
1934 Here Comes the Navy as Chesty O'Conner
1934 He Was Her Man as Flicker Hayes, aka Jerry Allen
1934 Jimmy the Gent as Jimmy Corrigan
1933 Lady Killer as Dan Quigley
1933 Footlight Parade as Chester Kent
1933 The Mayor of Hell as Richard 'Patsy' Gargan
1933 Picture Snatcher as Danny Kean
1933 Hard to Handle as Lefty Merrill
1932 Winner Take All as Jim 'Jimmy' Kane
1932 The Crowd Roars as Joe Greer
1932 Taxi! as Matt Nolan
1931 Blonde Crazy as Bert Harris
1931 Intimate Interviews: James Cagney as Himself
1931 Smart Money as Jack
1931 The Millionaire as Schofield
1931 The Public Enemy as Tom Powers
1931 How I Play Golf by Bobby Jones No. 11: Practice Shots as Himself
1931 Other Men's Women as Ed 'Eddie' Bailey
1930 The Doorway to Hell as Steve Mileaway
1930 Sinners' Holiday as Harry Delano

Directing

1957 Short Cut to HellDirector

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