James Cagney

Actor · Director · Producer
IVA Star Rating : 71
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... read more

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. He was able to negotiate dancing opportunities in his films and ended up winning the Academy Award for his role in a musical. 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".

Birth Name

James Francis Cagney

Born

Monday, 17 July 1899

Died

Sunday, 30 March 1986

Actor Filmography

War Movie Blockbusters Self 2015
And the Oscar Goes to... Self 2014
Mafia's Greatest Hits Self 2012
Shakespeare Uncovered Bottom 2012
These Amazing Shadows George M. Cohan (clip from Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)) 2011
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy Self 2010
1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year (archive footage) 2009
Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (archive footage) 2008
Empire State Building Murders Tony 2008
Billy Wilder Speaks Self 2006
(see additional filmography)

Actor Filmography

War Movie Blockbusters Self 2015
And the Oscar Goes to... Self 2014
Mafia's Greatest Hits Self 2012
Shakespeare Uncovered Bottom 2012
These Amazing Shadows George M. Cohan (clip from Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)) 2011
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy Self 2010
1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year (archive footage) 2009
Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (archive footage) 2008
Empire State Building Murders Tony 2008
Billy Wilder Speaks Self 2006
Bullets Over Hollywood Self 2005
White Heat: Top of the World (archive footage) 2005
Broadway: The American Musical George M. Cohan 2004
Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust (archive footage) 2004
Tupac: Resurrection (archive footage) 2003
Los Angeles Plays Itself Tom Powers in The Public Enemy 2003
Complicated Women Self / Self (archive footage) 2003
Divided Highway: The Story of 'They Drive by Night' Self / Eddie Bartlett 2003
The Kid Stays in the Picture Self 2002
Hollywood Rivals Self 2001
Angela's Ashes Rocky Sullivan 1999
Kristina Talking Pictures (archive sound) 1999
Doris Day: It's Magic Himself 1998
Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream Self 1998
Bogart: The Untold Story 1997
Time & Again (archive footage) 1996
Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick Self 1995
Modern Marvels (archive footage) 1993
L'oeil de Vichy Undetermined Film Role: Gambling 1993
Here's Looking at You, Warner Bros. Self 1991
Movie Tough Guys Self 1991
Bloopers Galore Self 1989
Entertaining the Troops Self 1988
Happy Birthday, Bob: 50 Stars Salute Your 50 Years with NBC Self 1988
Biography (archive footage), Self 1987
American Masters Self 1986
That's Dancing! Archival footage from 'Yankee Doodle Dandy' 1985
Terrible Joe Moran Joe Moran 1984
Zelig Self 1983
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Himself (archive footage) / Self 1983
Showbiz Goes to War (archive footage) 1982
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid Captain Cody Jarrett / (in "White Heat") (archive footage) 1982
Night of 100 Stars Self 1982
James Cagney: That Yankee Doodle Dandy Self 1981
Ragtime New York Police Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo 1981
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Fred Astaire Himself 1981
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts Self - Honoree 1980
Fade to Black Cody Jarett 1980
Hollywood Actor 'Lady Killer' 1980
America at the Movies George M. Cohan 1976
That's Entertainment, Part II Clip from 'Love Me or Leave Me' / (archive footage) 1976
It's Showtime (archive footage) 1976
Texaco Presents: A Quarter Century of Bob Hope on Television Self 1975
Brother Can You Spare a Dime Self / (archive footage) 1975
Parkinson Self 1971
Great Performances Self 1971
Happy Days (archive footage) 1970
Arizona Bushwhackers Narrator 1968
The Secretaries Self 1968
Hollywood and the Stars Self, Eddie Bartlett (clip from The Roaring Twenties (1939)), George M. Cohan (clip from Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)), Harry Delano (clip from Sinners' Holiday (1930)), Jim Kincaid (clip from The Oklahoma Kid (1939)) 1963
Hollywood: The Great Stars Cody Jarrett 1963
The Road to the Wall Narrator 1962
One, Two, Three C.R. MacNamara 1961
The DuPont Show of the Week George M. Cohan, Self 1961
The Gallant Hours Fleet Adm. William F. Halsey Jr. / Admiral William 'Bull' Halsey 1960
Shake Hands with the Devil Sean Lenihan 1959
Never Steal Anything Small Jake MacIllaney 1959
Short Cut to Hell Himself (prologue) / Self - Pre-credits sequence 1957
Man of a Thousand Faces Lon Chaney 1957
The Jack Paar Tonight Show Himself 1957
These Wilder Years Steve Bradford 1956
Tribute to a Bad Man Jeremy Rodock / Jeremy Rodack 1956
Navy Log Self - Host 1955
MGM Parade Jimmy Rodock, Self 1955
Mister Roberts The Captain / Captain Morton 1955
The Seven Little Foys George M. Cohan 1955
Love Me or Leave Me Martin Snyder 1955
Run for Cover Matt Dow 1955
A Lion Is in the Streets Hank Martin 1953
This Is Your Life Self 1950
What Price Glory Capt. Flagg / Captain Flagg 1952
Starlift James Cagney 1951
Come Fill the Cup Lew Marsh 1951
The West Point Story Elwin 'Bix' Bixby / Elwin Bixby 1950
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Ralph Cotter 1950
What's My Line? Himself - Mystery Guest 1950
Robert Montgomery Presents George Bridgeman 1950
White Heat Cody Jarrett / Arthur 'Cody' Jarrett 1949
The Time of Your Life Joseph T. (who observes people) / Joseph 1948
The Ed Sullivan Show Self, Captain - scene from 'Mr. Roberts', Sean Lenihan 1948
13 Rue Madeleine Robert Emmett 'Bob' Sharkey 1947
Blow Ups of 1947 Himself 1947
Blood on the Sun Nick Condon 1945
Oklahoma Outlaws Kincaid 1943
Johnny Come Lately Tom Richards 1943
Show-Business at War Self 1943
You, John Jones! John Jones 1943
Yankee Doodle Dandy George M. Cohan 1942
Captains of the Clouds Brian MacLean / Brian MacLean (bush pilot) 1942
Calling All Girls Chester Kent / Himself (archive footage) 1942
Breakdowns of 1941 Self 1941
The Bride Came C.O.D. Steve Collins 1941
The Strawberry Blonde Biff Grimes / T. L. "Biff" Grimes 1941
City for Conquest Danny Kenny 1940
Torrid Zone Nick Butler 1940
Tear Gas Squad Rocky Sullivan 1940
The Fighting 69th Jerry Plunkett 1940
The Roaring Twenties Eddie Bartlett 1939
Each Dawn I Die Frank Ross 1939
Hollywood Hobbies Self 1939
The Oklahoma Kid Jim Kincaid 1939
Angels with Dirty Faces Rocky Sullivan 1938
Boy Meets Girl Robert Law 1938
Something to Sing About Thadeus McGillicuddy aka Terry Rooney / Terrence 'Terry' Rooney 1937
Breakdowns of 1936 Himself / Self 1936
Great Guy Johnny Cave / Johnny 'Red' Cave 1936
Ceiling Zero Dizzy Davis / Dizzy Davies 1936
A Dream Comes True Self 1935
Things You Never See on the Screen Self 1935
Frisco Kid Bat Morgan 1935
A Midsummer Night's Dream Bottom - the Weaver / Bottom 1935
The Irish in Us Danny O'Hara 1935
'G' Men 'Brick' Davis / James 'Brick' Davis 1935
Devil Dogs of the Air Tommy O'Toole 1935
A Trip Thru a Hollywood Studio Self 1935
The St. Louis Kid Eddie Kennedy 1934
The Hollywood Gad-About Self 1934
Here Comes the Navy Chester (Chesty) O'Connor / Chesty O'Conner 1934
He Was Her Man Flicker Hayes, aka Jerry Allen / Flicker Hayes - aka Jerry Allen 1934
Jimmy the Gent Jimmy Corrigan 1934
Lady Killer Dan Quigley 1933
Footlight Parade Chester Kent 1933
Wild Boys of the Road Actor in Filmclip from 'Footlight Parade' 1933
The Mayor of Hell Patsy / Richard 'Patsy' Gargan 1933
Picture Snatcher Danny Kean / Daniel Patrick "Danny" Kean 1933
Hard to Handle Lefty Merrill 1933
Winner Take All Jim 'Jimmy' Kane 1932
The Crowd Roars Joe Greer 1932
Taxi Matt Nolan 1931
Blonde Crazy Bert Harris / Albert 'Bert' Harris 1931
Intimate Interviews: James Cagney Himself / Self 1931
How I Play Golf by Bobby Jones No. 11: 'Practice Shots' Himself / James Cagney 1931
Smart Money Jack 1931
The Public Enemy Tom Powers 1931
The Millionaire Schofield 1931
Other Men's Women Ed / Ed 'Eddie' Bailey 1931
The Doorway to Hell Steve Mileaway 1930
Sinners' Holiday Harry Delano 1930

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Producer Filmography

1956 Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
1943 Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role Won
1939 Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
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