James Cagney

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James Cagney

James Cagney

“My father was totally Irish, and so I went to Ireland once. I found it to be very much like New York, for it was a beautiful country, and both the women and men were good-looking.”More James Cagney [11/22/2006 12:11:00]
“Though I soon became typecast in Hollywood as a gangster and hoodlum, I was originally a dancer, an Irish hoofer, trained in vaudeville tap dance. I always leapt at the opportunity to dance in films later on.”More James Cagney [11/22/2006 12:11:00]
“You know, the period of World War I and the Roaring Twenties were really just about the same as today. You worked, and you made a living if you could, and you tired to make the best of things. For an actor or a dancer, it was no different then than today. It was a struggle.”More James Cagney [11/22/2006 12:11:00]
“It was just everyday living. With me, it was fighting, more fighting, and more fighting. Life then was simply the way it was: ordinary, not bad, not good, just regular. No stress, no strain. Of course, no one had much of anything, but we didn't know that we were poor.”More James Cagney [11/22/2006 12:11:00]
“Perhaps people, and kids especially, are spoiled today, because all the kids today have cars, it seems. When I was young you were lucky to have a bike.”More James Cagney [11/22/2006 12:11:00]
“If the American family has seemed in danger of disintegration, I believe and hope it will survive, and I think America will return to old values.”More James Cagney [11/22/2006 12:11:00]
“The 1920s were essentially the time when I learned the business of performing. It was my initiation into the world of show business.”More James Cagney [11/22/2006 12:11:00]
“There were many tough guys to play in the scripts that Warner kept assigning me. Each of my subsequent roles in the hoodlum genre offered the opportunity to inject something new, which I always tired to do. One could be funny, and the next one flat. Some roles were mean, and others were meaner.”More James Cagney [11/22/2006 12:11:00]
I got a part as a chorus girl in a show called Every Sailor and I had fun doing it. Mother didn't really approve of it, through.More James Cagney [09/25/2011 02:09:28]
Perhaps people, and kids especially, are spoiled today, because all the kids today have cars, it seems. When I was young you were lucky to have a bike.More James Cagney [09/25/2011 02:09:47]
You dirty, double-crossing rat.More James Cagney [09/25/2011 02:09:54]
You know, the period of World War I and the Roaring Twenties were really just about the same as today. You worked, and you made a living if you could, and you tired to make the best of things. For an actor or a dancer, it was no different then than today. It was a struggle.More James Cagney [09/25/2011 02:09:02]
Perhaps people, and kids especially, are spoiled today, because all the kids today have cars, it seems. When I was young you were lucky to have a bike.More James Cagney [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I got a part as a chorus girl in a show called Every Sailor and I had fun doing it. Mother didn't really approve of it, through.More James Cagney [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Though I soon became typecast in Hollywood as a gangster and hoodlum, I was originally a dancer, an Irish hoofer, trained in vaudeville tap dance. I always leapt at the opportunity to dance in films later on.More James Cagney [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The Postman Always RingsTwice.More James Cagney [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You dirty, double-crossing rat.More James Cagney [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
My childhood was surrounded by trouble, illness, and my dad's alcoholism, but as I said, we just didn't have the time to be impressed by all those misfortunes. I have an idea that the Irish possess a built-in don't-give-a-damn that helps them through all the stress.More James Cagney [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I`m sick of carrying guns and beating up women.More James Cagney [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There's not much to say about acting but this. Never settle back on your heels. Never relax. If you relax, the audience relaxes. And always mean everything you say.More James Cagney [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I never said, 'MMMmmm, you dirty rat!More James Cagney [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I never had the slightest difficulty with a fellow actor. Not until One, Two, Three. In that picture, Horst Buchholz tried all sorts of scene-stealing didoes. I came close to knocking him on his ass.More James Cagney [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You know, the period of World War I and the Roaring Twenties were really just about the same as today. You worked, and you made a living if you could, and you tired to make the best of things. For an actor or a dancer, it was no different then than today. It was a struggle.More James Cagney [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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.More James Cagney [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Once a song and dance man, always a song and dance man. Those few words tell as much about me professionally as there is to tell.More James Cagney [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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