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James Cagney in Yankee Doodle

Stage Name

Birth Name

Jimmy Cagney

James Frances Cagney Jr.


    This Irish New Yorker was known as the "Little Tough Guy." Cagney's first real job as an entertainer was in a chorus line as a "female Dancer / impersonator and was considered a Vaudeville hoofer ( Tap) in the 1920's until becoming a dramatic movie star.

    Cagney played in many musicals and was an excellent dancer. He was the first to use the "Moonwalk" ( A dance step Made popular by Michael Jackson) in a movie. His greatest roles were as a gangster in many gangster movies of the 1940's. However he won an Academy award for his dancing and portrayal in the film musical "Yankee Doodle Dandy" ( Pictured left.)

    The famous line "You Dirty Rat" used to portray him was never spoken by Cagney, however it was spoken by a "Comedian Impersonator" ( Some say a writer) who did it so well, everyone attributed it to the real Cagney.
James Cagney Autograph

Birth Place

Birth Date

Spouse

Offspring

Brooklyn, NY 7/17/1899 - 3/30/1986 Francis Vernon n/a
       

Dance Types

Dance Partners

Music Titles

Ballet n/a Yankee Doodle Dandy
Jazz            
Tap            
         

Night Clubs

Theaters

Stage

n/a n/a n/a
     
     

Films

Television

1930 - Sinner's Holiday [DVD] - 1940 - City of Conquest n/a
1930 - Doorway To Hell 1940 - Torrid Zone    
1931 - Blonde Crazy [DVD] - 1941 - The Strawberry Blonde    
1931 - Other Men's Women [DVD] - 1941 - The Bride came C.O.D.    
1931 - Smart Money 1942 - McLeod's Folly    
1931 - The Millionaire 1942 - Captains Of The Clouds    
1931 - The Public Enemy [DVD] - 1942 - Yankee Doodle Dandy    
1932 - Crowd Roars, the [DVD] - 1943 - Johnny Came Lately    
1932 - Taxi 1943 - Show Business At War    
1932 - Winner Takes All 1943 - You John Jones    
1933 - Footlight Parade 1944 - Battle Stations    
1933 - Hard To Handle [DVD] - 1945 - Blood on the Sun    
1933 - Lady Killer 1946 - 13 Rue Madeline    
1933 - Mayor Of Hell [DVD] - 1948 - The Time of Your Life    
1933 - Picture Snatcher [DVD] - 1949 - White Heat    
1934 - He Was Here Man [DVD] - 1950 - Kiss Tomorrow Good-bye    
1934 - Here Comes The Navy [DVD] - 1950 - West Point Story    
1934 - Hollywood-Gad About, The 1951 - Come Fill The Cup    
1934 - Hollywood Hobbies 1951 - Starlift (Cameo)    
1934 - The Saint Louis Kid [DVD] - 1952 - What Price Glory    
1935 - Ceiling Zero [DVD] - 1953 - A Lion in the Streets    
1935 - Devil Dogs of the Air [DVD] - 1955 - Love Me or Leave Me    
1935 - Dreams Come True [DVD] - 1955 - Mister Roberts    
1935 - Frisco Kid, The 1955 - Run For Cover    
1935 - G-men [DVD] - 1955 - Seven Little Foys    
1935 - The Irish In Us 1956 - These Wilder Years    
1935 - Midsummer Nights Dream [DVD] - 1956 - Tribute to a Badman    
1935 - Mutiny On The Bounty [DVD] - 1957 - Man of a Thousand Faces    
1936 - The Great Guy 1957 - Shortcut to Hell    
1937 - Something To Sing About [DVD] - 1959 - Never Steal Anything    
1938 - Angels with Dirty Faces [DVD] - 1959 - Shake Hands with the Devil    
1938 - Boy Meets Girl [DVD] - 1960 - Gallant Hours    
1939 - Each Dawn I Die [DVD] - 1961 - One, Two, Three    
1939 - Oklahoma Kid [DVD] - 1981 - Ragtime!    
[DVD] - 1939 - Roaring Twenties [DVD] - 1985 - That's Dancing    
[DVD] - 1940 - The Fighting 69th.      

NOTE : Jeanne Cagney may be related. Also did the first "Moonwalk" on Film, long before James Brown or Michael Jackson.