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  • BIRTH 17/07/1899
  • DEATH 30/03/1986
  • Country United States
  • MOVIES 35
  • PRODUCTION 1

James Cagney

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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, Cagney 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 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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James Cagney

Movies (35)

Sly
Sly
Self (archive footage) (uncredited)
One, Two, Three
One, Two, Three
C.R. MacNamara
A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Bottom
Ragtime
Ragtime
New York Police Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo
Yankee Doodle Dandy
Yankee Doodle Dandy
George M. Cohan
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
(in "White Heat") (archive footage)
13 Rue Madeleine
13 Rue Madeleine
Robert Emmett 'Bob' Sharkey
The Ballad of Smokey the Bear
The Ballad of Smokey the Bear
Narrator (voice)
Each Dawn I Die
Each Dawn I Die
Frank Ross
Blonde Crazy
Blonde Crazy
Albert 'Bert' Harris
The West Point Story
The West Point Story
Elwin Bixby
Arizona Bushwhackers
Arizona Bushwhackers
Narrator
Run for Cover
Run for Cover
Matt Dow
White Heat
White Heat
Arthur 'Cody' Jarrett
Other Men's Women
Other Men's Women
Ed 'Eddie' Bailey
The Public Enemy
The Public Enemy
Tom Powers
Los Angeles Plays Itself
Los Angeles Plays Itself
Tom Powers in The Public Enemy (archive footage)
Tribute to a Bad Man
Tribute to a Bad Man
Jeremy Rodack
Come Fill the Cup
Come Fill the Cup
Lew Marsh
City for Conquest
City for Conquest
Danny Kenny
The Roaring Twenties
The Roaring Twenties
Eddie Bartlett
Man of a Thousand Faces
Man of a Thousand Faces
Lon Chaney
Angels with Dirty Faces
Angels with Dirty Faces
Rocky Sullivan
The Mayor of Hell
The Mayor of Hell
Richard 'Patsy' Gargan
Picture Snatcher
Picture Snatcher
Daniel Patrick "Danny" Kean
Show-Business at War
Show-Business at War
Self
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
Ralph Cotter
The Strawberry Blonde
The Strawberry Blonde
Biff Grimes
The Gallant Hours
The Gallant Hours
Admiral William 'Bull' Halsey
Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell
Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell
Self (archive footage)
'G' Men
'G' Men
‘Brick' Davis
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
Self (archive footage)
Showbiz Goes to War
Showbiz Goes to War
(archive footage)
Taxi!
Taxi!
Matt Nolan
James Cagney: That Yankee Doodle Dandy
James Cagney: That Yankee Doodle Dandy

Production

The Gallant Hours
The Gallant Hours