James Cagney

James Cagney
1899 - 1986
James Cagney  American Actor

James Cagney dating history


James Cagney was previously married to Frances Cagney (1922 - 1986).

James Cagney had an encounter with Merle Oberon.

James Cagney is rumoured to have hooked up with Barbara Payton (1943).


American Actor James Cagney was born James Francis Cagney Jr. on 17th July, 1899 in Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA and passed away on 30th Mar 1986 Stanford, New York, USA aged 86. He is most remembered for Matt Doyle in The Public Enemy, George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy, Cody Jarrett in White Heat. His zodiac sign is Cancer.

James Cagney was in 26 on-screen matchups, including Bette Davis in Jimmy the Gent (1934), Doris Day in Love Me or Leave Me (1955), Ann Dvorak in The Crowd Roars (1932), Ann Sheridan in Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) and Ann Sothern in You, John Jones! (1943).

James Cagney is a member of the following lists: American film actors, California Democrats and California Republicans.


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Relationship Statistics

Married1 63 years, 6 months - -
Encounter1 - - -
Rumoured1 - - -
Total3 63 years, 6 months 21 years, 2 months -


First Name James
Middle Name Francis
Last Name Cagney
Full Name at Birth James Francis Cagney Jr.
Alternative Name `The Professional Againster`, `Jimmy`
Age 86 (age at death) years
Birthday 17th July, 1899
Birthplace Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Died 30th March, 1986
Place of Death Stanford, New York, USA
Cause of Death Heart Attack
Buried Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, New York, USA
Height 5' 7" (170 cm)
Weight 143lbs (65 kg)
Build Athletic
Eye Color Brown - Dark
Hair Color Red
Distinctive Feature His Red Hair
Zodiac Sign Cancer
Sexuality Straight
Religion Roman Catholic
Ethnicity White
Nationality American
High School Stuyvesant High School, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States (1918)
University Columbia College
Occupation Text Actor, Dancer
Occupation Actor
Claim to Fame Matt Doyle in The Public Enemy, George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy, Cody Jarrett in White Heat
Year(s) Active 1919–84, 1919–1984
Father James Francis Cagney
Mother Carolyn Cagney
Brother William Cagney
Sister Jeanne Cagney
Friend Pat O'Brien, Frank McHugh, Ronald Reagan, William Powell, Spencer Tracy, Humphrey Bogart, Virginia Mayo, Joan Leslie, Regis Toomey, Kay Francis, Ralph Bellamy, Frank Morgan, Roland Winters, Robert Montgomery, Arthur Kennedy, Allen Jenkins, A.C. Lyles, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Reagan, Howard Hawks, Phyllis Kennedy, Loretta Young
Associated People William Keighley

James Francis Cagney Jr. (; July 17, 1899 – March 30, 1986) was an American actor and dancer. On stage and in film, Cagney was 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 remembered for playing multifaceted tough guys in films such as The Public Enemy (1931), Taxi! (1932), Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), The Roaring Twenties (1939), City for Conquest (1940) and White Heat (1949), finding himself typecast or limited by this reputation earlier in his career. He was able to negotiate dancing opportunities in his films and ended up winning the Academy Award for his role in the musical Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942). In 1999 the American Film Institute ranked him eighth among its list of greatest male stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Orson Welles described Cagney as "maybe the greatest actor who ever appeared in front of a camera".

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James Cagney86 CancerActor
Barbara Payton39 ScorpioActress
Frances Cagney95 GeminiActress
Merle Oberon68 AquariusActress


NameGenderBornAgeOther Parent
James Jr.MaleFrances Cagney
CaseyFemaleFrances Cagney


Terrible Joe Moran1984Joe MoranTV Movie
Ragtime1981New York Police Commissioner Rhinelander WaldoMovie
Arizona Bushwhackers1968Narrator (voice, uncredited)Movie
The Ballad of Smokey the Bear1966Narrator (voice)TV Movie
One, Two, Three1961C.R. MacNamaraMovie
The Gallant Hours1960Fleet Adm. William F. Halsey Jr.Movie
Never Steal Anything Small1959Jake MacIllaneyMovie
Shake Hands with the Devil1959Sean LenihanMovie
Man of a Thousand Faces1957Lon ChaneyMovie
These Wilder Years1956Steve BradfordMovie
Tribute to a Bad Man1956Jeremy RodockMovie
Love Me or Leave Me1955Martin SnyderMovie
Mister Roberts1955The CaptainMovie
Run for Cover1955Matt DowMovie
The Seven Little Foys1955George M. CohanMovie
A Lion Is in the Streets1953Hank MartinMovie
What Price Glory1952Capt. FlaggMovie
The Christophers1952Professor GrahamTV Show
Come Fill the Cup1951Lew MarshMovie
Starlift1951James CagneyMovie
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye1950Ralph CotterMovie
The West Point Story1950Elwin 'Bix' BixbyMovie
Robert Montgomery Presents1950George BridgemanTV Show
White Heat1949Cody JarrettMovie
The Time of Your Life1948Joseph T. (who observes people)Movie
13 Rue Madeleine1947Robert Emmett 'Bob' SharkeyMovie
Blood on the Sun1945Nick CondonMovie
Johnny Come Lately1943Tom RichardsMovie
You, John Jones!1943John JonesShort Film
Captains of the Clouds1942Brian MacLeanMovie
Yankee Doodle Dandy1942George M. CohanMovie
The Bride Came C.O.D.1941Steve CollinsMovie
The Strawberry Blonde1941Biff GrimesMovie
City for Conquest1940Danny KennyMovie
The Fighting 69th1940Jerry PlunkettMovie
Torrid Zone1940Nick ButlerMovie
Each Dawn I Die1939Frank RossMovie
The Oklahoma Kid1939Jim KincaidMovie
The Roaring Twenties1939Eddie BartlettMovie
Angels with Dirty Faces1938Rocky SullivanMovie
Boy Meets Girl1938Robert LawMovie
Something to Sing About1937Thadeus McGillicuddy aka Terry RooneyMovie
Ceiling Zero1936Dizzy DavisMovie
Great Guy1936Johnny CaveMovie
'G' Men1935'Brick' DavisMovie
A Midsummer Night's Dream1935Bottom - the WeaverMovie
Devil Dogs of the Air1935Tommy O'TooleMovie
Frisco Kid1935Bat MorganMovie
Mutiny on the Bounty1935Movie
The Irish in Us1935Danny O'HaraMovie
He Was Her Man1934Flicker Hayes - aka Jerry AllenMovie
Here Comes the Navy1934Chester (Chesty) O'ConnorMovie
Jimmy the Gent1934Jimmy CorriganMovie
The St. Louis Kid1934Eddie KennedyMovie
Footlight Parade1933Chester KentMovie
Hard to Handle1933Lefty MerrillMovie
Lady Killer1933Dan QuigleyMovie
Picture Snatcher1933Danny KeanMovie
The Mayor of Hell1933PatsyMovie
Taxi!1932Matt NolanMovie
The Crowd Roars1932Joe GreerMovie
Winner Take All1932Jim 'Jimmy' KaneMovie
Blonde Crazy1931Bert HarrisMovie
Other Men's Women1931EdMovie
Smart Money1931JackMovie
The Millionaire1931SchofieldMovie
The Public Enemy1931Tom PowersMovie
How I Play Golf, by Bobby Jones No. 11: Practice Shots1931James Cagney (uncredited)Short Film
Sinners' Holiday1930Harry DelanoMovie
The Doorway to Hell1930Steve MileawayMovie
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wjerryzwjerryzJul 7, 2016

To answer your question berrycreamery. Cagney said the only woman he loved other then his wife was Joan Blondell.

wjerryzwjerryzNov 3, 2015

I know Jimmy didn't like playing the roles. But he was the best at the roaring twenties gangster movies. He was great.

mikeJun 26, 2010

So Barbara Stanwyck dated Cagney too? Was there anyone in Hollywood, man, woman, Rin Tin Tin, Mr. Ed, that she didnt make whoopi with?


While Clark Gable was hyped the `King of Hollywood,` James Cagneuy was the top-paid star. So I say Cagney was the real top `Royal.`

ppelMar 30, 2010

I just love him....one of my favorite actors of all time!! and yes, I find him attractive...?

MandyLovesVintageMandyLovesVintageDec 10, 2009

Ah, What is there to say. James Cagney possesses SO much appeal, it`s ridiculous. He made it easy for you to be attracted to him. The versatility that he had as an actor. He could do anything, and you would believe him. He entices you, controls your emotions, as simple as switching on a light. Would it be weird if I said that I had a crush on him? Maybe, but I think it`s completely understandable. This man is HIGH UP on my list of being one of The Greats that this film industry has brought us. Cagney was a Top Class guy. Today, You can`t find anyone even CLOSE to Captivating.

brian thomasSep 3, 2009

Please Help, What was the film in which Cagney played a shop worker who took money from the till was found out and went on the run but gave himself up after a lawyers help

Jovanna FuchsJan 25, 2009


BerryCreamyBerryCreamyAug 4, 2008

I thought Merle Oberon only flirted with him, not have an encounter...hmm?

knightdebknightdebMar 21, 2008

I loved every movie I saw him in and I saw them all.

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