James Cagney' Awards & Achievements

In 1974, Cagney received the Life Achievement Award of the American Film Institute. Charlton Heston, in announcing that Cagney was to be awarded, called him "One of the most significant figures of a generation when American film was dominant, Cagney, that most American of actors, somehow communicated eloquently to audiences all over the world . . . and to actors as well."


He received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1980, and in 1984 Ronald Reagan awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


Cagney was among Stanley Kubrick's favorite actors and was declared by Orson Wells as "maybe the greatest actor to ever appear in front of a camera." Warner Brothers would arrange private screenings of Cagney films for Winston Churchill.


Cagney was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for the film "Angels With Dirty Faces in 1937.


He received an Academy Award 1941 for his portrayel of George M. Cohen in the film "Yankee Doodle Dandy.



Cagney was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in the 1955 film "Love Me or Leave Me" with Doris Day.


James Cagney became President of the Screen Actors Guild in 1942 for a 2 year term.