James Cagney

Actor, Producer, Director
The American gangster film, and the output of Warner Bros. in its most influential decade, would be unimaginable without the contributions of James Cagney. One of talking pictures' first generation of actors, Cagney ... Read more »
Born: 07/16/1899 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (66)

Entertaining the Troops 1987 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Going Hollywood: The War Years 1987 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Ragtime 1981 (Movie)

Commander Rheinlander Waldo (Actor)

Tom Snyder's Celebrity Spotlight 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

It's Showtime 1975 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Arizona Bushwhackers 1968 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

One, Two, Three 1961 (Movie)

MacNamara (Actor)

The Gallant Hours 1960 (Movie)

Admiral Bull Halsey (Actor)

Never Steal Anything Small 1959 (Movie)

Jake MacIllaney (Actor)

Shake Hands With the Devil 1959 (Movie)

Sean Lenihan (Actor)

Man of a Thousand Faces 1957 (Movie)

Lon Chaney (Actor)

Short Cut to Hell 1957 (Movie)

Prologue Narrator (Actor)

These Wilder Years 1956 (Movie)

Steve Bradford (Actor)

Tribute to a Bad Man 1956 (Movie)

Jeremy Rodock (Actor)

Love Me or Leave Me 1955 (Movie)

Martin Snyder (Actor)

Mister Roberts 1955 (Movie)

Captain (Actor)

Run For Cover 1955 (Movie)

Mat Dow (Actor)

The Seven Little Foys 1955 (Movie)

George M Cohan (Actor)

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye 1950 (Movie)

(Actor)

White Heat 1949 (Movie)

Arthur Cody Jarrett (Actor)

The Time of Your Life 1948 (Movie)

(Actor)

13 Rue Madeleine 1946 (Movie)

(Actor)

Johnny Come Lately 1942 (Movie)

(Actor)

Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942 (Movie)

George M Cohan (Actor)

City For Conquest 1940 (Movie)

Danny Kenny (Actor)

The Strawberry Blonde 1940 (Movie)

(Actor)

Boy Meets Girl 1938 (Movie)

Robert Law (Actor)

The Oklahoma Kid 1938 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Roaring Twenties 1938 (Movie)

(Actor)

Angels With Dirty Faces 1937 (Movie)

"Rocky" Sullivan (Actor)

Something to Sing About 1936 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Midsummer Night's Dream 1934 (Movie)

Bottom (Actor)

The Mayor of Hell 1933 (Movie)

Patsy Gargan (Actor)

Footlight Parade 1932 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Public Enemy 1930 (Movie)

Tom Powers (Actor)

Blonde Crazy (Movie)

Bert Harris (Actor)

Blood on the Sun (Movie)

Nick Condon (Actor)

Captains of the Clouds (Movie)

Brian MacLean (Actor)

Ceiling Zero (Movie)

Dizzy Davis (Actor)

Come Fill the Cup (Movie)

Lew Marsh (Actor)

Devil Dogs of the Air (Movie)

Tommy O'Toole (Actor)

Each Dawn I Die (Movie)

Frank Ross (Actor)

Frisco Kid (Movie)

Bat Morgan (Actor)

G-Men (Movie)

James "Brick" Davis (Actor)

Golden Gloves (Movie)

(Actor)

Great Guy (Movie)

Johnny Cave (Actor)

Hard to Handle (Movie)

Lefty Merrill (Actor)

He Was Her Man (Movie)

Flicker Hayes (Actor)

Here Comes the Navy (Movie)

Chesty O'Connor (Actor)

Jimmy the Gent (Movie)

Jimmy Corrigan (Actor)

Lady Killer (Movie)

Don Quigley (Actor)

Picture Snatcher (Movie)

Danny Kean (Actor)

Sinner's Holiday (Movie)

Harry Delano (Actor)

Starlift (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Terrible Joe Moran (TV Show)

Actor

The Crowd Roars (Movie)

Joe Greer (Actor)

The Doorway to Hell (Movie)

Steve Mileway (Actor)

The Fighting 69th (Movie)

Jerry Plunkett (Actor)

The Irish in Us (Movie)

Danny O'Hara (Actor)

The St. Louis Kid (Movie)

Eddie Kennedy (Actor)

The West Point Story (Movie)

Elwin Bixby (Actor)

Torrid Zone (Movie)

Nick Butler (Actor)

What Price Glory? (Movie)

Capt. Flagg (Actor)

Winner Take All (Movie)

Jim Kane (Actor)
Music (1)

Never Steal Anything Small 1959 (Movie)

("Never Steal Anything Small" "Helping Our Friends" "I'm Sorry--I Want a Ferrari") (Song Performer)
Director (1)

Short Cut to Hell 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

The American gangster film, and the output of Warner Bros. in its most influential decade, would be unimaginable without the contributions of James Cagney. One of talking pictures' first generation of actors, Cagney forever romanticized the figures of the criminal and the con artist with his jittery physical dynamism and breakneck staccato vocal patterns.

Relationships

Carolyn Cagney

Mother
Irish-Norwegian

Cathleen Cagney

Daughter
adopted

James Cagney

Son
adopted born on November 25, 1939 died in January 1984 of a heart attack

Edward Cagney

Brother

Harry Cagney

Brother
eldest of five children

William Cagney

Brother

Jeanne Cagney

Sister

Frances Vernon

Wife
married from 1922 until his death died on October 10, 1994 at the age of 95

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York , New York
studied under future director Joseph L. Mankiewicz's father; dropped out when his own father died of influenza at age 41

Stuyvesant High School

New York , New York 1917
graduated

Milestones

1981

One-shot return to feature films, "Ragtime"

1961

Last film for many years, "One Two Three"; retired to a farm he owned

1957

Sole film directing credit, "Short Cut to Hell"

1942

Formed production company with brother William Cagney; first film "Johnny Come Lately"

1941

Broke with Warner Bros.

1931

Achieved stardom in "The Public Enemy"

1930

Signed by Warner Bros.; film acting debut in "Penny Arcade" adaptation "Sinner's Holiday" (reviving role from stage version)

1921

Worked in vaudeville

1920

Broadway debut in chorus of "Pitter Patter"

Served as president of Screen Actors Guild

Worked on Broadway in revues and such plays as "Penny Arcade"

Disputes with Warner Bros. led to his making several films away from the studio: "Great Guy" (1936), "Something to Sing About" (1937)

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