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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


68 kg | 150 lbs

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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 in a play "Penny Arcade" (1929).

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

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

James Cagney Height and Weight

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Best Movies

He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Martin Snyder in biographical romantic musical drama film Me or Leave Me (1955).

He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor for his role as William "Rocky" Sullivan in drama crime movie Angels with Dirty Faces (1938).

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

He won the National Board of Review Award, USA for Best Acting for his role as Eddie Bartlett in crime thriller film The Roaring Twenties (1939).

He was nominated for the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and the Laurel Award for Top Male Comedy Performance for his role as C.R. MacNamara in political comedy movie One Two Three (1961).

White Heat (1949) drama crime as Arthur "Cody" Jarrett

Mister Roberts (1955) comedy drama as Capt. Morton

Ragtime (1981) drama as Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo

Footlight Parade (1933) pre-Code musical as Chester Kent

A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) romance fantasy as Nick Bottom

The Strawberry Blonde (1941) romantic comedy as T. L. "Biff" Grimes

Taxi! (1932) pre-Code gangster as Matt Nolan


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

Studied at Columbia College.

Had three brothers: Harry, Edward, William and sister Jeanne also had two more siblings.

Had Norwegian and Irish ancestry.

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.

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

He had a Black Belt in Judo.

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


He was married to Frances Willard "Billie" Vernon (1922–1986), they had two adopted children: a son, James Francis Cagney II and a daughter, Cathleen "Casey" Cagney.