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Cagney Quotes


"James Cagney as a baby is not my ideal thing." - John Krasinski

"But I've always believed that Christine Cagney shouldn't be played past a certain age." - Sharon Gless

"My favorite actor who played villains - who could play anything, really - was Jimmy Cagney." - Malcolm Mcdowell

"Movies were invented for Jimmy Cagney, and he was invented for the movies. A perfect match." - Clint Eastwood

"A James Cagney love scene is one where he lets the other guy live." - Bob Hope

"Well what do you do with a character like Christine Cagney and you tell her she can't have things?" - Sharon Gless

"Voices are like fingerprints, from Cagney to Bogart. They never lost it. My voice is instrumental in categorizing me." - Sylvester Stallone

"I grew up in an Irish Catholic family, and I think they force you to watch every James Cagney movie." - Jimmy Fallon

"In the movies, Bette Davis lights two cigarettes and hands the second one to James Cagney. It was just so glamorous and romantic." - Loni Anderson

"James Cagney, Steve McQueen, I loved all those guys. I grew up loving the movies but had no desire to be in them." - Mark Wahlberg

"Follow the wisdom of the great actor, James Cagney, you hit your mark, you look the other guy in the eye, and you tell the truth." - Larry Merchant

"The old movie stars like Bogart, James Cagney, Jimmy Stewart, they weren't this gorgeous, striking six-foot man who's rippled with muscles." - Jack Huston

"When I was a kid going to the movies, we'd go because Bogart was in the movie, or Cagney, or John Wayne. We didn't know what the story was about or anything." - Dennis Farina

"I used to watch 'Cagney & Lacey' with my mum back in the day. I can't remember any of their storylines, but I remember really knowing these two friends like I would know real people." - Darren Boyd

"Tina Fey and I have 15 things in development: 'Laverne and Shirley', 'Starsky and Hutch 3', 'Cagney and Lacey', 'Wonder Twins Activate From Two Hot Broads', 'Little House on the Prairie: The Musical: The Movie'." - Amy Poehler

"There's a trend toward anti-heroes now, and I think it goes back to guys like Bogart and Cagney. They seemed to have no compassion, and they were always alone." - Jim Brown

"I'm a great believer in conversational rhythm. I think in terms of rhythmic dialogue. It's so easy, you can talk naturally. It's like peas rolling off a knife. Take the great screen actors and actresses, Bette Davis, Eddie Robinson, Jimmy Cagney, Spencer Tracy. They all talk in rhythm. And rhythm and movement are the life of the screen." - Lorenz Hart

"The first movie I can remember ever seeing was Hard Times with Charles Bronson and James Coburn. My dad also introduced me to the likes of Jimmy Cagney... John Garfield... Robert Ryan... Steve McQueen... James Caan... Those are my fondest memories." - Mark Wahlberg

"Before 'Cagney and Lacey,' we didn't follow officers home to find out what they did when they took their badges off and emptied their guns. So the idea that these women also had lives outside of work was really interesting to play." - Tyne Daly

"Yeah, I've always been accused of having a sense of mischief and I'm very flattered that you say you can see it in the roles I play, because I think that's important, even if I do play intense characters, like especially Christine Cagney." - Sharon Gless

"I want people to say at the end of my day, you know, like I used to say about Sidney Poitier and James Cagney and Joan Crawford and Red Skelton and those guys and Bill Cosby. They did quality and substance. You always remember them." - Bernie Mac

"I'm still watching all those old-timers really going along, and I'm enjoying it so much, not just looking at the pictures, but looking at the acting. Paul Muni. Beautiful character. Edward G. Robinson. Jimmy Cagney. All those old boys. You don't find those characters anymore." - Ernest Borgnine

"The earliest influence on me was the movies of the thirties when I was growing up. Those were stories. If you look at them now, you see the development of character and the twists of plot; but essentially they told stories. My mother didn't go to the movies because of a religious promise she made early in her life, and I used to go to movies and come home and tell her the plots of those old Warner Brothers/James Cagney movies, the old romantic love stories. Through these movies that had real characters, I absorbed drama, sense of pacing, and plot." - Robert Cormier