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James Cagney

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   James Francis Cagney, Jr. (July 17, 1899 – March 30, 1986) was an American film actor. Although he won acclaim and major awards for a wide variety of roles, he is best remembered for playing "tough guys." In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked him eighth among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time. In his first performing role, he danced dressed as a woman in the chorus line of the 1919 revue Every Sailor. He spent several years in vaudeville as a hoofer and comedian until his first major acting role in 1925. He secured several other roles, receiving good reviews before landing the lead in the 1929 play Penny Arcade. After rave reviews for his acting, Warners signed him for an initial $500 a week, three-week contract to reprise his role; this was quickly extended to a seven year contract. Cagney's seventh film, The Public Enemy, became one of the most influential gangster movies of the period. Notable for its famous grapefruit scene, the film thrust Cagney into the spotlight, making him one of Warners' and Hollywood's biggest stars. In 1938, he received his first Academy Award for Best Actor nomination for Angels with Dirty Faces, before winning in 1942 for his portrayal of George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy. He was nominated a third time in 1955 for Love Me or Leave Me. Cagney retired for 20 years in 1961, spending time on his farm before returning for a part in Ragtime mainly to aid his recovery from a stroke. Cagney walked out on Warners several times over his career, each time coming back on improved personal and artistic terms. In 1935, he sued Warners for breach of contract and won; this marked one of the first times an actor had beaten a studio over a contract issue. He worked for an independent film company for a year while the suit was settled, and also established his own production company, Cagney Productions, in 1942 before returning to Warners again four years later. Jack Warner called him "The Professional Againster", in reference to Cagney’s refusal to be pushed around. Cagney also made numerous morale-boosting troop tours before and during World War II, and was President of the Screen Actors Guild for two years. Description above from the Wikipedia article James Cagney, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Jul 17, 1899 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie 橫掃江南七霸天
Latest Project:
Movie John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs 2017-01-01
Known For
Poster of Calling All Girls
Movie 橫掃江南七霸天 Eddie Bartlett 2018
Movie John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs Chester Kent 2017-01-01
Movie Range 15 Bat Morgan 2016-06-15
Movie ROH 13th Anniversary Steve Collins 2015-03-01
Movie Hacker's Game (uncredited) 2015-03-06
Movie NXT TakeOver: Respect Ed 'Eddie' Bailey 2015-10-07
Movie Rage Himself 2014-05-09
Movie Blackwood Lefty Merrill 2014-08-01
Movie Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of "Inside Llewyn Davis" Lew Marsh 2013-12-13
Movie Revenge for Jolly! Dan Quigley 2012-07-17
Movie Dakota Jimmy Corrigan 2012-07-09
Movie TNA Lockdown 2011 Martin Snyder 2011-04-17
Movie Kambakkht Ishq Tommy O'Toole 2009-07-03
Movie You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story Himself (archive footage) 2008-09-23
Movie Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (archive footage) 2008-01-01
Movie Einfache Leute Tom Powers 2007-03-07
Movie Super Ninja Doll Joe Greer 2007-08-15
Movie High School Musical 2 Johnny 'Red' Cave 2007-08-17
Movie The Butterfly Effect 2 Frank Ross 2006-10-10
Movie Dance of the Dead Jim Kincaid 2005-11-11
Movie Yaji and Kita: The Midnight Pilgrims Rocky Sullivan 2005-04-02
Movie Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking Himself 2004-12-26
Movie Sleepover Jim 'Jimmy' Kane 2004-07-09
Movie Endangered Species Lefty Merrill 2003-11-13
Movie Dirty Pretty Things Matt Dow 2002-09-05
Movie Women in Film Himself 2001-01-24
Movie Miss Congeniality Frank Ross 2000-12-14
Movie D.R.E.A.M. Team Bat Morgan 1999-09-25
Movie The Doors Collection Dizzy Davies 1999-04-13
Movie L.A. Without a Map Steve Bradford 1998-09-11
Movie U2: Popmart - Live from Mexico City Jim 'Jimmy' Kane 1997-12-03
Movie Crash Himself 1996-07-17
Movie Princess Minerva Ed 'Eddie' Bailey 1995-05-01
Movie Good Men, Good Women Himself 1995-05-13
Movie The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez Himself 1991-12-04
Movie Miller's Crossing Hank Martin 1990-09-21
Movie Next of Kin Hank Martin 1989-10-20
Movie In the Mood Steve Bradford 1987-09-16
Movie Dream Lovers Bottom, the Weaver 1986-04-25
Movie The Holcroft Covenant Admiral William 'Bull' Halsey 1985-09-20
Movie Terrible Joe Moran Joe Moran 1984-03-26
Movie The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Himself, Cameo appearance 1984-08-15
Movie The Manhunt Bert Harris 1984-12-09
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Himself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Movie Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (in "White Heat") (archive footage) 1982-05-21
Movie Ragtime Police Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo 1981-11-20
Movie Masada Schofield 1981-04-05
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Unknown 1978-12-28
Movie Brother Can You Spare A Dime James Cagney 1975-08-06
Movie Violent City Frank Ross 1975-08-13
Movie Dirty Mary Crazy Larry George M. Cohan 1974-05-17
Movie The Organization Himself (archive footage) 1971-10-20
Movie The Jade Faced Assassin Danny Kenny 1971-04-09
Movie Adventure in Kigan Castle Joseph T 1966-04-28
Movie Du mouron pour les petits oiseaux Steve Mileaway 1963-02-15
Movie One, Two, Three C.R. MacNamara 1961-12-15
Movie The Gallant Hours Admiral William 'Bull' Halsey 1960-06-13
Movie Shake Hands with the Devil Sean Lenihan 1959-06-24
Movie Never Steal Anything Small Jake MacIllaney 1959-02-11
Movie Man of a Thousand Faces Lon Chaney 1957-10-01
Movie Short Cut to Hell Himself (prologue) 1957-09-01
Movie Fear Strikes Out Jimmy Corrigan 1957-03-20
Movie These Wilder Years Steve Bradford 1956-08-17
Movie Tribute to a Bad Man Jeremy Rodock 1956-03-30
Movie Love Me or Leave Me Martin Snyder 1955-06-10
Movie Run for Cover Matt Dow 1955-04-29
Movie Mister Roberts Capt. Morton 1955-07-13
Movie The Seven Little Foys George M. Cohan 1955-09-30
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18
Movie A Lion Is in the Streets Hank Martin 1953-09-23
Movie What Price Glory Captain Flagg 1952-08-22
Series This Is Your Life Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie Corky of Gasoline Alley Harry Delano 1951-09-17
Movie Come Fill The Cup Lew Marsh 1951-10-24
Movie Starlift Himself, Cameo appearance 1951-12-14
Movie Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Ralph Cotter 1950-08-04
Movie Devil's Doorway Johnny 'Red' Cave 1950-09-15
Movie The West Point Story Elwin Bixby 1950-11-25
Movie White Heat Arthur 'Cody' Jarrett 1949-09-02
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie The Time of Your Life Joseph T 1948-09-03
Movie Blow-Ups of 1947 Himself 1947-01-01
Movie 13 Rue Madeleine Robert Emmett 'Bob' Sharkey 1947-01-15
Movie The Judge Steps Out George M. Cohan 1947-12-15
Movie Blood on the Sun Nick Condon 1945-04-26
Movie Greenwich Village Matt Nolan 1944-09-27
Movie Johnny Come Lately Tom Richards 1943-09-03
Movie You, John Jones! John Jones 1943-01-14
Movie Calling All Girls Himself 1942-01-24
Movie Yankee Doodle Dandy George M. Cohan 1942-06-06
Movie Captains of the Clouds Brian MacLean (bush pilot) 1942-02-21
Movie The Strawberry Blonde T. L. "Biff" Grimes 1941-02-22
Movie Breakdowns of 1941 Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) 1941-11-14
Movie The Bride Came C.O.D. Steve Collins 1941-07-12
Movie City for Conquest Danny Kenny 1940-09-21
Movie The Fighting 69th Pvt. Jerry Plunkett 1940-01-27
Movie Torrid Zone Nick Butler 1940-05-25
Movie Jesse James Lon Chaney 1939-01-14
Movie The Oklahoma Kid Jim Kincaid 1939-03-11
Movie Hollywood Hobbies Himself 1939-05-03
Movie Each Dawn I Die Frank Ross 1939-08-19
Movie The Roaring Twenties Eddie Bartlett 1939-10-23
Movie Angels with Dirty Faces Rocky Sullivan 1938-11-26
Movie Boy Meets Girl Robert Law 1938-08-27
Movie Something to Sing About Terrence 'Terry' Rooney 1937-09-30
Movie Ceiling Zero Dizzy Davies 1936-01-16
Movie Great Guy Johnny 'Red' Cave 1936-12-01
Movie Breakdowns of 1936 Himself 1936-12-30
Movie G-Men 'Brick' Davis 1935-05-04
Movie Devil Dogs of the Air Tommy O'Toole 1935-02-09
Movie The Irish in Us Danny O'Hara 1935-08-03
Movie Frisco Kid Bat Morgan 1935-11-29
Movie Mutiny on the Bounty (uncredited) 1935-11-08
Movie A Midsummer Night's Dream Bottom, the Weaver 1935-10-09
Movie Jimmy the Gent Jimmy Corrigan 1934-03-17
Movie He Was Her Man Flicker Hayes, aka Jerry Allen 1934-06-16
Movie Here Comes the Navy Chesty O'Conner 1934-07-21
Movie The St. Louis Kid Eddie Kennedy 1934-11-10
Movie Picture Snatcher Danny Kean 1933-05-06
Movie Hard to Handle Lefty Merrill 1933-01-28
Movie The Mayor of Hell Richard 'Patsy' Gargan 1933-06-24
Movie Lady Killer Dan Quigley 1933-12-09
Movie Footlight Parade Chester Kent 1933-10-21
Movie Taxi! Matt Nolan 1932-01-23
Movie The Crowd Roars Joe Greer 1932-04-16
Movie Winner Take All Jim 'Jimmy' Kane 1932-07-16
Movie Other Men's Women Ed 'Eddie' Bailey 1931-01-17
Movie The Public Enemy Tom Powers 1931-04-23
Movie The Millionaire Schofield 1931-05-01
Movie Smart Money Jack 1931-07-11
Movie Blonde Crazy Bert Harris 1931-12-03
Movie The Doorway to Hell Steve Mileaway 1930-10-18
Movie Sinners' Holiday Harry Delano 1930-10-10