James Cagney

Actor · Director · Producer
IVA Star Rating : 69
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

And the Oscar Goes To... Himself (archive footage) 2014
Shakespeare Uncovered Bottom (archive footage) 2012
1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year (archive footage) 2009
Empire State Building Murders Tony (archive footage) 2008
Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (archive footage) 2008
Billy Wilder Speaks Himself (archive footage) 2006
Broadway: The American Musical George M. Cohan (archive footage) 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
(see additional filmography)

Actor Filmography

And the Oscar Goes To... Himself (archive footage) 2014
Shakespeare Uncovered Bottom (archive footage) 2012
1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year (archive footage) 2009
Empire State Building Murders Tony (archive footage) 2008
Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (archive footage) 2008
Billy Wilder Speaks Himself (archive footage) 2006
Broadway: The American Musical George M. Cohan (archive footage) 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 Himself (archive footage) 2003
The Kid Stays In The Picture Himself 2002
Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream Himself (archive footage) 1998
E! Mysteries & Scandals Himself (archive footage) 1998
Bogart: The Untold Story 1997
Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick Himself (archive footage) 1995
Modern Marvels (archive footage) 1993
Here's Looking at You, Warner Bros. Himself (archive footage) 1991
Entertaining the Troops Himself (archive footage) 1988
American Masters Self 1986
That's Dancing! Archival footage from 'Yankee Doodle Dandy' 1985
Terrible Joe Moran Joe Moran 1984
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Himself (archive footage) 1983
Showbiz Goes To War (archive footage) 1982
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid Captain Cody Jarrett (archive footage) 1982
James Cagney: That Yankee Doodle Dandy Himself 1981
Ragtime New York Police Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo 1981
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Fred Astaire Himself 1981
Kristina Talking Pictures (archive sound) 1976
America at the Movies George M. Cohan (archive footage) 1976
That's Entertainment, Part II Clip from 'Love Me or Leave Me' / (archive footage) 1976
It's Showtime (archive footage) 1976
Brother Can You Spare A Dime James Cagney 1975
Great Performances Self 1971
Happy Days (archive footage) 1970
Arizona Bushwhackers Narrator 1968
Hollywood and the Stars Himself, Jim Kincaid (clip from The Oklahoma Kid (1939)) (archive footage), Eddie Bartlett (clip from The Roaring Twenties (1939)) (archive footage), George M. Cohan (clip from Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)) (archive footage) 1963
The Road to the Wall Narrator 1962
One, Two, Three C.R. MacNamara 1961
The DuPont Show of the Week George M. Cohan, Himself 1961
The Gallant Hours Fleet Adm. William F. Halsey Jr. 1960
Shake Hands with the Devil Sean Lenihan 1959
Never Steal Anything Small Jake MacIllaney 1959
Man Of A Thousand Faces Lon Chaney 1957
Short Cut to Hell Himself (prologue) 1957
The Jack Paar Tonight Show Himself 1957
These Wilder Years Steve Bradford 1956
Tribute to a Bad Man Jeremy Rodock 1956
Navy Log Himself - Host 1955
Mister Roberts The Captain 1955
Love Me Or Leave Me Martin Snyder 1955
The Seven Little Foys George M. Cohan 1955
Run for Cover Matt Dow 1955
A Lion Is In The Streets Hank Martin 1953
What Price Glory Capt. Flagg 1952
Starlift James Cagney 1951
Come Fill The Cup Lew Marsh 1951
The West Point Story Elwin 'Bix' 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) 1948
The Ed Sullivan Show Himself, 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 (archive footage) (uncredited) 1943
Johnny Come Lately Tom Richards 1943
Show-Business at War Himself 1943
You, John Jones! John Jones 1943
Yankee Doodle Dandy George M. Cohan 1942
Captains Of The Clouds Brian MacLean 1942
Calling All Girls Himself 1942
Breakdowns of 1941 Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) 1941
The Bride Came C.O.D. Steve Collins 1941
The Strawberry Blonde Biff Grimes 1941
City For Conquest Danny Kenny 1940
Torrid Zone Nick Butler 1940
Tear Gas Squad Rocky Sullivan (archive footage) 1940
The Fighting 69th Jerry Plunkett 1940
The Roaring Twenties Eddie Bartlett 1939
Each Dawn I Die Frank Ross 1939
Hollywood Hobbies Himself 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 1937
Breakdowns of 1936 Himself 1936
Great Guy Johnny Cave 1936
Ceiling Zero Dizzy Davis 1936
Things You Never See on the Screen Himself 1935
Frisco Kid Bat Morgan 1935
Mutiny On The Bounty (uncredited) 1935
A Midsummer Night's Dream Bottom - the Weaver 1935
A Dream Comes True Himself (uncredited) 1935
The Irish in Us Danny O'Hara 1935
'G' Men 'Brick' Davis 1935
Devil Dogs of the Air Tommy O'Toole 1935
A Trip Thru a Hollywood Studio Himself (uncredited) 1935
The St. Louis Kid Eddie Kennedy 1934
The Hollywood Gad-About Himself (uncredited) 1934
Here Comes the Navy Chesty 1934
He Was Her Man Flicker Hayes, aka Jerry Allen 1934
Jimmy the Gent Jimmy Corrigan 1934
Lady Killer Dan Quigley 1933
Footlight Parade Chester Kent 1933
The Mayor Of Hell Patsy 1933
Picture Snatcher Danny 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 1931
Intimate Interviews: James Cagney Himself 1931
How I Play Golf by Bobby Jones No. 11: 'Practice Shots' Himself 1931
Smart Money Jack 1931
The Millionaire Schofield 1931
The Public Enemy Tom Powers 1931
Other Men's Women Ed 1931
The Doorway To Hell Mileaway 1930
Sinners' Holiday Harry Delano 1930

Director Filmography

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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