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James Cagney Height, Weight, Age, Facts, Biography

James Cagney Quick Info
Height 5 ft 4¾ in
Weight 66 kg
Date of Birth July 17, 1899
Zodiac Sign Cancer
Date of Death March 30, 1986

James Cagney was an American actor, dancer, and film director who was ranked #8 on the American Film Institute’s list of greatest male stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood in 1999. He appeared in movies like Love Me or Leave MeThe Gallant HoursYankee Doodle DandySmart Money, The Roaring Twenties, White Heat, The Millionaire, The Crowd RoarsWinner Take AllTaxi!Lady KillerThe Mayor of HellHard to HandleHere Comes the NavyThe St. Louis KidHe Was Her ManJimmy the GentThe Irish in UsA Midsummer Night’s Dream, Devil Dogs of the AirCeiling ZeroGreat GuyAngels with Dirty FacesBoy Meets GirlThe Strawberry Blonde, The Time of Your LifeA Lion Is in the StreetsWhat Price Glory?Kiss Tomorrow GoodbyeMan of a Thousand FacesTribute to a Bad ManRagtime, and One, Two, Three. Filmmaker Orson Welles described James Cagney as “maybe the greatest actor who ever appeared in front of a camera”.

Born Name

James Francis Cagney Jr.

Nick Names

The Professional Againster, Jimmy Cagney

James Cagney in a studio publicity photo, c. 1930
James Cagney in a studio publicity photo, c. 1930 (Warner Bros. Studio / / Public Domain)


He was born on July 17, 1899.


On March 30, 1986, James Cagney died of a heart attack at his Dutchess County farm in Stanford, New York, United States. He was 86 years old at that time.

Resting Place

Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, New York, United States

Sun Sign


Born Place

Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States





In 1918, James Cagney graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York City and then enrolled at Columbia College. He had planned to major in art but dropped out after one semester as he returned home upon the death of his father during the 1918 flu pandemic.


Actor, Filmmaker, Dancer, Singer


  • Father – James Francis Cagney
  • Mother – Carolyn Elizabeth (Nelson)
  • Siblings – William Cagney (Younger Brother) (Film Producer, Actor), Jeanne Cagney (Younger Sister) (Actor, Theatre Artist), Edward Cagney (Brother), Harry Cagney (Brother). James had 2 more siblings.
  • Others – Wiliam Cagney (Paternal Grandfather), Mary Ann Sullivan (Paternal Grandmother), Henry Nelson (Maternal Grandfather), Mary Flynn (Maternal Grandmother), James III (Grandson), Cindy (Granddaughter), Jill (Nephew), Stephen (Nephew), William Jr. (Nephew), Mary (Niece), Terry (Niece)

Net Worth

According to, his net worth was $20 Million at the time of his death.



James Cagney and Olivia de Havilland in a publicity photo for the American film 'The Irish in Us' (1935)
James Cagney and Olivia de Havilland in a publicity photo for the American film ‘The Irish in Us’ (1935) (Warner Bros. / eBay / Public Domain)


5 ft 4¾ in or 164.5 cm


66 kg or 145.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

James Cagney had dated –

  1. Merle Oberon – He was once romantically involved with India-born actor Merle Oberon.
  2. Frances Vernon (1922) – On September 28, 1922, James Cagney got married to Frances Willard “Billie” Vernon whom he met while he was a member of the chorus for the show Pitter Patter in 1920. They adopted a son whom they named James Francis Cagney II in 1941 and they later adopted a daughter, Cathleen “Casey” Cagney. The couple remained together until his death in 1986.
  3. Barbara Payton (1943) – It was RUMORed that he had an affair with actor Barbara Payton in 1943.

Race / Ethnicity


James Cagney was of Irish and Norwegian descent.

Hair Color


Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • A thick New York accent
  • Short stature


Roman Catholicism

James Cagney and Loretta Young in the American pre-Code film 'Taxi!' (1932)
James Cagney and Loretta Young in the American pre-code film ‘Taxi!’ (1932) (Warner Bros. / eBay / Public Domain)

James Cagney’s Favorite Things

SourceWikipedia, IMDb

James Cagney Facts

  1. He had one older and 5 younger siblings, 2 of whom died as infants.
  2. James Cagney portrayed the character of George M. Cohan in the 1942 biographical musical film Yankee Doodle Dandy and this role won him the Academy Award as well as the New York Film Critics Circle Award for “Best Actor”.
  3. His best friends were Pat O’Brien and Frank McHugh and they were collectively and lovingly known as the “Irish Mafia”.
  4. On February 8, 1960, James Cagney received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6504 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

Featured Image by Warner Bros. Studio / / Public Domain

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