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James Cagney

James Cagney
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Birth Date

July 17, 1899


March 30, 1986


United States

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5 ft 5 in | 165 cm


51 kg | 112 pounds

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Early acting career First movie Breakthrough

James Francis Cagney Jr. was born in Lower East Side, New York, United States, on July 17, 1899, was an American actor.

Young James Cagney first started performing as a comedian and vaudeville dancer.

He began his professional acting career as a dancer in chorus line of revue "Every Sailor" in 1919.

He landed his big break with a play " Penny Arcade" in 1929.

He made his big screen debut in crime drama movie Sinners' Holiday (1930) in role as Harry Delano.

Cagney's breakthrough role came as Tom Powers in pre-Code drama crime movie The Public Enemy (1931) opposite Jean Harlow.

Best Movies

He was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Actor for his performances in movies:

Me or Leave Me (1955) biographical romantic musical drama in role as Martin Snyder

Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) drama crime in role as William "Rocky" Sullivan

He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as George M. Cohan in biographical musical film Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942).

White Heat (1949) drama crime with Virginia Mayo and Edmond O'Brien

Mister Roberts (1955) comedy drama opposite Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon and William Powell

The Roaring Twenties (1939) crime thriller with Humphrey Bogart, Priscilla Lane and Gladys George

Ragtime (1981) drama opposite Elizabeth McGovern and Mary Steenburgen

One Two Three (1961) comedy with Pamela Tiffin and Horst Buchholz

Footlight Parade (1933) pre-Code musical with Joan Blondell, Dick Powell and Busby Berkeley

A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) romance fantasy opposite Olivia de Havilland and Mickey Rooney

The Strawberry Blonde (1941) romantic comedy with Rita Hayworth and Olivia de Havilland

Taxi! (1932) pre-Code gangster opposite Loretta Young


Graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York City (1918).

Attended Columbia College.

He was the second of seven children.

He started tap dancing as a boy.

He is best known for playing gangsters in films.

He received the Academy Lifetime Achievement award in 1974.

Orson Welles and Stanley Kubrick considered him to be one of best actors of all time.

He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6504 Hollywood Boulevard in 1960.

Received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1980.

Was best friends with actors Pat O'Brien and Frank McHugh.

He holds a Black Belt in Judo.

James died on March 30, 1986, Stanfordville, New York, U.S., at the age of 86.


He was married to Frances Willard "Billie" Vernon (1922–1986), they had two adopted children.

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