James Cagney

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James Francis Cagney, Jr. (July 17, 1899 – March 30, 1986) was an American 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 multi-faceted tough guys in movies like The Public Enemy (1931), Taxi! (1932), Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) and White Heat (1949) and was even typecast or limited by this view earlier in his career. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked him eighth among its 50 Greatest American Screen Legends. Orson Welles said of Cagney that he was "maybe the greatest actor who ever appeared in front of a camera" and Stanley Kubrick considered him to be one of the top 5 best actors of all time.

Age: 86 (age at death)
Nationality: American
Claim to Fame: Public Enemy, Yankee Doodle Dandy


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1984 Terrible Joe Moran Joe Moran
1981 Ragtime New York Police Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo
1968 Arizona Bushwhackers Narrator
1966 The Ballad of Smokey the Bear Narrator
1961 One, Two, Three C.R. MacNamara
1960 The Gallant Hours Fleet Adm. William F. Halsey Jr.
1959 Never Steal Anything Small Jake MacIllaney
1959 Shake Hands with the Devil Sean Lenihan
1957 Man of a Thousand Faces Lon Chaney
1956 These Wilder Years Steve Bradford
1956 Tribute to a Bad Man Jeremy Rodock



You know, the period of World War I and the Roaring Twenties were really just about the same as today. You worked, and you made a living if you could, and you tired to make the best of things. For an actor or a dancer, it was no different then than today. It was a struggle.


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Nominated for 11 Awards | Won 8

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