James Francis Cagney, Jr. (July 17, 1899 – March 30, 1986) was an American actor, first on stage, then in film, where he had his greatest impact. Although he won acclaim and major awards for a wide variety of performances, he is best remembered for playing tough guys. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked him eighth among its 50 Greatest American Screen Legends.
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''You dirty, double-crossing rat.''James Cagney (1899-1986), U.S. screen actor. Blonde Crazy (film) (1931). Popularized in the form "You dirty rat": which Cagney vehemently denied e...