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James Francis Cagney

 
Date Of Death:
March 30, 1986 (???)
Birth Place:
New York, NY, USA
Bio:
James Francis Cagney Jr. was an American actor and dancer, both on stage and in film. Known for his consistently energetic performances, distinctive vocal style, and deadpan comic timing, he won acclaim and major awards for a wide variety of performances. He is remembered by some for playing ... (read complete bio)

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Date of Birth: July 17, 1899
Date of Death: March 30, 1986 (86)

Birth Place: New York, NY, USA

Bio:
James Francis Cagney Jr. was an American actor and dancer, both on stage and in film. Known for his consistently energetic performances, distinctive vocal style, and deadpan comic timing, he won acclaim and major awards for a wide variety of performances. He is remembered by some for playing ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
1930
Harry Delano
  [Broadway]
1929
Elwood
  [Broadway]
1929
Ensemble
  [Broadway]
1928
Performer
  [Broadway]
1927
Eddie
  [Broadway]
1925
Little Red
  [Broadway]
1920
Ensemble
Terrible Joe Moran (TV Movie)
Joe Moran
1981Ragtime
New York Police Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo
1968Arizona Bushwhackers
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
1966The Ballad of Smokey the Bear (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
1961One, Two, Three
C.R. MacNamara
1960The Gallant Hours
Fleet Adm. William F. Halsey Jr.
1959Shake Hands with the Devil
Sean Lenihan
1959Never Steal Anything Small
Jake MacIllaney
1958Frances Farmer Presents (TV Series)
George M. Cohan
- Yankee Doodle Dandy (1958) ... George M. Cohan
1957Man of a Thousand Faces
Lon Chaney
1957The Christophers (TV Series)
Professor Graham
- A Link in the Chain (1957) ... Professor Graham
1956Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
George Bridgeman
- Soldier from the Wars Returning (1956) ... George Bridgeman
1956These Wilder Years
Steve Bradford
1956Tribute to a Bad Man
Jeremy Rodock
1955Mister Roberts
The Captain
1955The Seven Little Foys
George M. Cohan
1955Love Me or Leave Me
Martin Snyder
1955Run for Cover
Matt Dow
1953A Lion Is in the Streets
Hank Martin
1952What Price Glory
Capt. Flagg
1951Starlift
James Cagney
1951Come Fill the Cup
Lew Marsh
1950The West Point Story
Elwin 'Bix' Bixby
1950Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
Ralph Cotter
1949White Heat
Cody Jarrett
1948The Time of Your Life
Joseph T. (who observes people)
194613 Rue Madeleine
Robert Emmett 'Bob' Sharkey
1945Blood on the Sun
Nick Condon
1943Johnny Come Lately
Tom Richards
1943You, John Jones! (Short)
John Jones
1942Yankee Doodle Dandy
George M. Cohan
1942Captains of the Clouds
Brian MacLean
1941The Bride Came C.O.D.
Steve Collins
1941The Strawberry Blonde
Biff Grimes
1940City for Conquest
Danny Kenny
1940Torrid Zone
Nick Butler
1940The Fighting 69th
Jerry Plunkett
1939The Roaring Twenties
Eddie Bartlett
1939Each Dawn I Die
Frank Ross
1939The Oklahoma Kid
Jim Kincaid
1938Angels with Dirty Faces
Rocky Sullivan
1938Boy Meets Girl
Robert Law
1937Something to Sing About
Thadeus McGillicuddy aka Terry Rooney
1936Great Guy
Johnny Cave
1936Ceiling Zero
Dizzy Davis
1935Frisco Kid
Bat Morgan
1935Mutiny on the Bounty (uncredited)
1935A Midsummer Night's Dream
Bottom - the Weaver
1935The Irish in Us
Danny O'Hara
1935'G' Men
'Brick' Davis
1935Devil Dogs of the Air
Tommy O'Toole
1934The St. Louis Kid
Eddie Kennedy
1934Here Comes the Navy
Chesty
1934He Was Her Man
Flicker Hayes, aka Jerry Allen
1934Jimmy the Gent
Jimmy Corrigan
1933Lady Killer
Dan Quigley
1933Footlight Parade
Chester Kent
1933The Mayor of Hell
Patsy
1933Picture Snatcher
Danny Kean
1933Hard to Handle
Lefty Merrill
1932Winner Take All
Jim 'Jimmy' Kane
1932The Crowd Roars
Joe Greer
1931/IITaxi
Matt Nolan
1931Blonde Crazy
Bert Harris
1931How I Play Golf by Bobby Jones No. 11: 'Practice Shots' (Short)
James Cagney (uncredited)
1931Smart Money
Jack
1931The Millionaire
Schofield
1931The Public Enemy
Tom Powers
1931Other Men's Women
Ed
1930The Doorway to Hell
Steve Mileaway
1930Sinners' Holiday
Harry Delano

Photos

Robert Anthony Jones as Schlotzki, Jessica Wockenfuss as Willie Cagney, and Robert Cr Photo

Robert Anthony Jones as Schlotzki, Jessica Wockenfuss as Willie Cagney, and Robert Creighton as James Cagney

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Jeffry Denman as William Augustus Wellman, Robert Creighton as James Cagney, and ense Photo

Jeffry Denman as William Augustus Wellman, Robert Creighton as James Cagney, and ensemble

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09/19/2019
Jessica Wockenfuss as Willie Cagney and Robert Creighton as James Cagney Photo

Jessica Wockenfuss as Willie Cagney and Robert Creighton as James Cagney

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09/19/2019
Robert Creighton as James Cagney Photo

Robert Creighton as James Cagney

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09/19/2019
Robert Creighton as James Cagney Photo

Robert Creighton as James Cagney

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Date:
09/19/2019

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
1930
Harry Delano

  [Broadway]
1929
Elwood

  [Broadway]
1929
Ensemble

  [Broadway]
1928
Performer

  [Broadway]
1927
Eddie

  [Broadway]
1925
Little Red

  [Broadway]
1920
Ensemble

Terrible Joe Moran (TV Movie)
Joe Moran
1981Ragtime
New York Police Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo
1968Arizona Bushwhackers
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
1966The Ballad of Smokey the Bear (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
1961One, Two, Three
C.R. MacNamara
1960The Gallant Hours
Fleet Adm. William F. Halsey Jr.
1959Shake Hands with the Devil
Sean Lenihan
1959Never Steal Anything Small
Jake MacIllaney
1958Frances Farmer Presents (TV Series)
George M. Cohan
- Yankee Doodle Dandy (1958) ... George M. Cohan
1957Man of a Thousand Faces
Lon Chaney
1957The Christophers (TV Series)
Professor Graham
- A Link in the Chain (1957) ... Professor Graham
1956Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
George Bridgeman
- Soldier from the Wars Returning (1956) ... George Bridgeman
1956These Wilder Years
Steve Bradford
1956Tribute to a Bad Man
Jeremy Rodock
1955Mister Roberts
The Captain
1955The Seven Little Foys
George M. Cohan
1955Love Me or Leave Me
Martin Snyder
1955Run for Cover
Matt Dow
1953A Lion Is in the Streets
Hank Martin
1952What Price Glory
Capt. Flagg
1951Starlift
James Cagney
1951Come Fill the Cup
Lew Marsh
1950The West Point Story
Elwin 'Bix' Bixby
1950Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
Ralph Cotter
1949White Heat
Cody Jarrett
1948The Time of Your Life
Joseph T. (who observes people)
194613 Rue Madeleine
Robert Emmett 'Bob' Sharkey
1945Blood on the Sun
Nick Condon
1943Johnny Come Lately
Tom Richards
1943You, John Jones! (Short)
John Jones
1942Yankee Doodle Dandy
George M. Cohan
1942Captains of the Clouds
Brian MacLean
1941The Bride Came C.O.D.
Steve Collins
1941The Strawberry Blonde
Biff Grimes
1940City for Conquest
Danny Kenny
1940Torrid Zone
Nick Butler
1940The Fighting 69th
Jerry Plunkett
1939The Roaring Twenties
Eddie Bartlett
1939Each Dawn I Die
Frank Ross
1939The Oklahoma Kid
Jim Kincaid
1938Angels with Dirty Faces
Rocky Sullivan
1938Boy Meets Girl
Robert Law
1937Something to Sing About
Thadeus McGillicuddy aka Terry Rooney
1936Great Guy
Johnny Cave
1936Ceiling Zero
Dizzy Davis
1935Frisco Kid
Bat Morgan
1935Mutiny on the Bounty (uncredited)
1935A Midsummer Night's Dream
Bottom - the Weaver
1935The Irish in Us
Danny O'Hara
1935'G' Men
'Brick' Davis
1935Devil Dogs of the Air
Tommy O'Toole
1934The St. Louis Kid
Eddie Kennedy
1934Here Comes the Navy
Chesty
1934He Was Her Man
Flicker Hayes, aka Jerry Allen
1934Jimmy the Gent
Jimmy Corrigan
1933Lady Killer
Dan Quigley
1933Footlight Parade
Chester Kent
1933The Mayor of Hell
Patsy
1933Picture Snatcher
Danny Kean
1933Hard to Handle
Lefty Merrill
1932Winner Take All
Jim 'Jimmy' Kane
1932The Crowd Roars
Joe Greer
1931/IITaxi
Matt Nolan
1931Blonde Crazy
Bert Harris
1931How I Play Golf by Bobby Jones No. 11: 'Practice Shots' (Short)
James Cagney (uncredited)
1931Smart Money
Jack
1931The Millionaire
Schofield
1931The Public Enemy
Tom Powers
1931Other Men's Women
Ed
1930The Doorway to Hell
Steve Mileaway
1930Sinners' Holiday
Harry Delano

James Francis Cagney Biography

James Francis Cagney Jr. was an American actor and dancer, both on stage and in film. Known for his consistently energetic performances, distinctive vocal style, and deadpan comic timing, he won acclaim and major awards for a wide variety of performances. He is remembered by some for playing multifaceted tough guys in films such as The Public Enemy (1931), Taxi! (1932), Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), The Roaring Twenties (1939) and White Heat (1949), finding himself typecast or limited by this reputation earlier in his career.[4] He was able to negotiate dancing opportunities in his films and ended up winning the Academy Award for his role in a musical (‚ÄúYankee Doodle Dandy‚ÄĚ). In 1999 the American Film Institute ranked him eighth among its list of greatest male stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Orson Welles described Cagney as "maybe the greatest actor who ever appeared in front of a camera".

Cagney’s first appearance on stage was as a stand in for his brother in a community theater production. Cagney had terrible stage fright and always had to keep a bucket with him.

In his first professional acting performance in 1919, Cagney was costumed as a woman when he danced in the chorus line of the revue Every Sailor. He spent several years in vaudeville as a dancer and comedian, until he got his first major acting part in 1925. He secured several other roles, receiving good notices, before landing the lead in the 1929 play Penny Arcade. Al Jolson saw Cagney in the play. Jolson bought the movie rights to the play and then sold the rights to Warner Brothers with the proviso that James Cagney and Joan Blondell be able to reprise their stage roles in the movie. After rave reviews, Warner Bros. signed him for an initial $500-a-week, three-week contract to reprise his role; when the executives at the studio saw the first dailies for the film, Cagney’s contract was immediately extended.

Cagney's seventh film, The Public Enemy, became one of the most influential gangster movies of the period. Notable for a famous scene in which Cagney pushes a grapefruit against Mae Clarke's face, the film thrust him into the spotlight. He became one of Hollywood's leading stars and one of Warner Bros.' biggest contracts. In 1938 he received his first Academy Award for Best Actor nomination for his subtle portrayal of the tough guy/man-child Rocky Sullivan in Angels with Dirty Faces. In 1942 Cagney won the Oscar for his energetic 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 from acting and dancing in 1961 to spend time on his farm with his family. He came out of retirement 20 years later for a part in the movie Ragtime (1981), mainly to aid his recovery from a stroke.

Cagney walked out on Warner Bros. several times over the course of his career, each time returning on much improved personal and artistic terms. In 1935 he sued Warner for breach of contract and won. This was one of the first times an actor prevailed over a studio on a contract issue. He worked for an independent film company for a year while the suit was being settled, establishing his own production company, Cagney Productions, in 1942 before returning to Warner four years later. In reference to Cagney's refusal to be pushed around, Jack L. Warner called him "the Professional Againster".Cagney also made numerous morale-boosting troop tours before and during World War II and served as president of the Screen Actors Guild for two years





James Francis Cagney Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has James Cagney been in?
James Cagney has appeared on Broadway in 7 shows.

How many West End shows has James Cagney been in?
James Cagney has not appeared in the West End