James Cagney

American actor and dancer

James Francis Cagney, Jr. (July 17, 1899March 30, 1986) was an American film actor who won acclaim for a wide variety of roles and won the Oscar for Best Actor in 1942 for his role in Yankee Doodle Dandy.

In Here Comes the Navy (1934)


  • I never actually said "Ooh, you dirty rat."
    • When receiving his AFI Lifetime Achievement Award in 1974; misattribution noted in Paul F. Boller, Jr., and John George, They Never Said It: A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, & Misleading Attributions (1989), p. 11.
  • You don't psych yourself up for these things, you do them... I'm acting for the audience, not for myself, and I do it as directly as I can.
    • Cagney by Cagney, his autobiography (1976)

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