FIlmography

1930      

Sinners’ Holiday

The Doorway to Hell

 

1931      

Blonde Crazy

Smart Money

The Millionaire

The Public Enemy

Other Men’s Women

 

1932      

Winner Take All

The Crowd Roars

Taxi!

 

1933      

Lady Killer

Footlight Parade

The Mayor of Hell

Picture Snatcher

Hard to Handle

 

1934      

The St. Louis Kid

Here Comes the Navy

He Was Her Man

Jimmy the Gent

 

1935      

Mutiny on the Bounty

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Irish in Us

G Men

Devil Dogs of the Air

Frisco Kid

 

1936      

Great Guy

Ceiling Zero

 

1937      

Something to Sing About

 

1938      

Angels with Dirty Faces

Boy Meets Girl

 

1939      

The Roaring Twenties

Each Dawn I Die

The Oklahoma Kid

 

1940      

City for Conquest

Torrid Zone

The Fighting 69th

 

1941      

The Bride Came C.O.D.

The Strawberry Blonde

 

1942      

Yankee Doodle Dandy

Captains of the Clouds

 

1943      

Johnny Come Lately

You, John Jones!

 

1945      

Blood on the Sun

 

1947      

13 Rue Madeleine

 

1948      

The Time of Your Life

 

1949      

White Heat

 

1950      

The West Point Story

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

 

1951      

Starlift

Come Fill the Cup

 

1952      

What Price Glory?

 

1953      

A Lion Is in the Streets

 

1955      

Mister Roberts

The Seven Little Foys

Love Me or Leave Me

Run for Cover

 

1956      

These Wilder Years

Tribute to a Bad Man

 

1957      

Short Cut to Hell

Man of a Thousand Faces

 

1959      

Shake Hands with the Devil

Never Steal Anything Small

 

1960      

The Gallant Hours

 

1961      

One, Two, Three

 

1981      

Ragtime

Awards

He was nominated for 3 Best Actor in a Leading Role Academy Awards and won one.

1939 Angels with Dirty Faces

1943 Yankee Doodle Dandy – won

1956 Love Me or Leave Me

Perhaps people, and kids especially, are spoiled today, because all the kids today have cars, it seems. When I was young you were lucky to have a bike. ~ James Cagney  

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Actors, Biographies

James Cagney was an actor and dancer, both on stage and in film, though he had his greatest impact 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 best remembered for playing multifaceted tough guys in movies such as The Public Enemy (1931), Taxi! (1932), Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), and White Heat (1949), and was typecast or limited by this view earlier in his career.

Cagney’s seventh film, The Public Enemy, became one of the most influential gangster movies of the period. Notable for a famous scene in which Cagney pushes a grapefruit against Mae Clarke’s face, the film thrust him into the spotlight. He became one of Hollywood’s biggest stars and one of Warner Bros.’ biggest contracts. In 1938, he received his first Academy Award for Best Actor nomination, for Angels with Dirty Faces, for his subtle portrayal of the tough guy/man-child Rocky Sullivan. In 1942, Cagney won the Oscar for his energetic 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 from acting and dancing in 1961 to spend time on his farm with his family. He exited retirement, 20 years later, for a part in the movie Ragtime (1981).

Cagney walked out on Warner Bros. several times over the course of his career, each time returning on much improved personal and artistic terms. In 1935, he sued Warner for breach of contract and won. This was one of the first times an actor prevailed over a studio on a contract issue. He worked for an independent film company for a year while the suit was being settled—and established his own production company, Cagney Productions, in 1942, before returning to Warner four years later. In reference to Cagney’s refusal to be pushed around, Jack L. Warner called him “the Professional Againster”. 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.

He died in 1986.

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