James Cagney Birthday (July 17th)

James Cagney Birthday (July 17th)
  • Name: James Cagney
  • Nickname: The Professional Againster
  • Birth Date: 17th July, 1899
  • Expiry Date: 30 March, 1986
  • Place of Birth: New York, U.S.
  • Place of Death: Millbrook, New York, U.S.
  • Nationality: American
  • Gender: Male
  • Occupation: Actor

Biography of James Cagney

James Cagney father was an amateur and bartender. Condition of his family was very critical. Cagney was the 2nd son of seven children. His two brothers expired after birth. Hewas also weak in his childhood that is why his mother was scared that he would expire. They were the level of dearth that they developed in. In his young age, Cagney had a well reputation as a wrestler. He came into the show business after the World War I. A colleague worker told him about a company of vaudevillians where testing dancers and singers and giving $35 in a week. He tried out and even Cagney could neither dance nor sing, but he caught a job. He settled in vaudeville awaiting 1929, when Cagney turned to Broadway to celebrity with Joan Blondell in ‘Penny Arcade’. Blondell offered him to go to Hollywood for screen trial and James Cagney caught the role in the 1930 movie ‘Sinners Holiday’.

Though a very talented and all-around actor, James Cagney is considered as the gangster and tough guy. A performance Cagney represented amazingly in such films as ‘Public Enemy’, ‘Angels With Dirty Faces’, ‘The Roaring Twenties’ and ‘White Heat’.

In 1942, Cagney had an opportunity to change James Cagney personality. He made the film ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ in which Cagney starred as George M. Cohen. This permitted him to boaster James Cagney dancing talent and he won an academy award. He and his brother Bill produced their own company on one occasion ‘Yankee Doodle’ was finished. He produced four movies under its sunshade in 1943-1946 when Cagney came back to Warner Bros.

He won compliments for an ample variety of performances.He won Oscar Award for Best Actor in 1942 for his performance in Yankee Doodle Dandy. He was considered one of the most significant and powerful screen performers of the 20th century. For the period of 1930s James supported to create the admired figure of the criminal in a sequence of critically applauded movies. One of the utmost tough guy personalities of 20th century, he worked hard to purify his image to convene his liable Catholic background.

James Cagney Personal Life

On 28th September, 1922 James Cagney married with a dancer Frances Willard also known as “Billie” with whom Cagney stayed for relax of his life they adopted a daughter Cathleen “Casey” Cagney and a son Jr. James Cagney.His brother William was a creator and actor and his sister was an artist. He expired at the age of 86 because of heart attack at his Duchess County ranch in Stanfordville, New York. He is interred in the Cemetery of the Gate of heaven in Hawthorne, New York. His best friend President Ronald Reagan bestowed the acclamation at the funeral of Cagney.

Honors for James Cagney

In 1974 James Cagney got the Lifetime Achievement award of American Film Institute. He also obtained The Kennedy Center Honors in 1980, and in 1984 his close friend Ronald Reagan rewarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


The slogan actually began in 1932 movie ‘Taxi’ in which he believed, "Come out and take it, you dirty, yellow-bellied rat, or I'll give it to you through the door!" frequently misquoted as "Come out, you dirty rat, or I'll give it to you through the door!"


  • The Ballad of Smokey the Bear (1966) (voice) (narrator)
  • Terrible Joe Moran (1984)

Other Details

Additional works:

“Smoky the bear” (24th November, 1966), as storyteller

Publicity Listing

16 articles/8 print biographies/ 4 portrayals/1 pictorial/4 biographical Movies and 1 Magazine Cover Photo


Comedy/ Documentary/Romance and Drama

Plot Keywords:

Murder/ Character Name In Title/Gangster/Irish American


The Roaring Twenties (1939) $12,500/week
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) $150,000
Boy Meets Girl (1938) $5,000/week
Something to Sing About (1937) $100,000
Great Guy (1936) $100,000
Hard to Handle (1933) $3,000/week
Blonde Crazy (1931) $450/week
The Public Enemy (1931) $400/week
The Doorway to Hell (1930) $400/week
Sinners' Holiday (1930) $500/week (three-week shoot)

James Cagney challenged expectations; he wasn’t what he seemed to be. He looked hard and tough but was recognized to travel around in separate cars from his wife for the reason that his wife smoked and he did not like cigarettes. He perceptive part is seen in his later poems, written in his dusk years.