A male who grew up to be feisty.
He was an American actor and dancer who passed away at the age of 86.
He recently pass away at the age 86, Tom Conner?
No sorry Daisy not Tom Conner.
His films were something a gangster granny would have watched.
I shall toss a James Cagney into the "ring" to see if that sounds the knock out bell to end the round.
Humphrey Bogart ? oops,, a dancer as well,,,,,,, ok,, fred astaire ?
Well done WHT40 with James Cagney you are correct.
Any of the previous answers fit the criteria as well.
WHT40 yours was the only one and thanks for joining in :)