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Cary Grant

Writer / Film Producer / Businessperson / Comedian | * 01/18/1904 († 82, 11/29/1986) | Horfield, Bristol, England, UK
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Cary Grant (born Archibald Alec Leach; January 18, 1904 – November 29, 1986) was an English-born American actor, known as one of classic Hollywood's definitive leading men. He was known for his transatlantic accent, debonair demeanor, light-hearted approach to acting, and sense of comic timing. Grant was born in Horfield, Bristol. He became attracted to theater at a young age and began performing with a troupe known as "The Penders" at age six. At the age of 16, he went as a stage performer with the Pender Troupe for a tour of the US. After a series of successful performances in New York City, he decided to stay there. He established a name for himself in vaudeville in the 1920s and toured the United States before moving to Hollywood in the early 1930s. Grant initially appeared in crime films or dramas such as Blonde Venus (1932) and She Done Him Wrong (1933), but later gained renown for his performances in romantic and screwball comedies such as The Awful Truth (1937), ()
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Once told by an interviewer, "Everybody would like to be Cary Grant", Grant is said to have replied, "So would I." Cary Grant was born Archibald Alec Leach in Horfield, Bristol, England, to Elsie Maria (Kingdon) and Elias James Leach, who worked in a factory. His early years in Bristol would have been an ordinary lower-middle-class childhood, except for one extraordinary event. At age nine, he came home from school one day and was told his mother had gone off to a seaside resort. The real truth, however, was that she had been placed in a mental institution, where she would remain for years, and he was never told about it (he wouldn't see his mother again until he was in his late 20s). He left school at fourteen, lying about his age and forging his father's signature on a letter to join Bob Pender's troupe of knockabout comedians. He learned pantomime as well as acrobatics as he toured with the Pender troupe in the English provinces, picked up a Cockney accent in the music halls in London, and then in July 1920 was one of the eight Pender boys selected to go to the US. Their show on Broadway, "Good Times", ran for 456 performances, giving Grant time to acclimatize. He would stay in America. In 1933, Mae West chose Grant for She Done Him Wrong because she saw his combination of virility, sexuality and the aura and bearing of a gentleman. By the 1950s, he had invented a man-of-the-world persona and a style - "high comedy with polished words". In To Catch a Thief (1955), he and Grace Kelly were allowed to improvise some of the dialogue. They knew what the director, Alfred Hitchcock, wanted to do with a scene, they rehearsed it, put in some clever double entendres that got past the censors, and then the scene was filmed. His biggest box-office success was another Hitchcock 1950s film, North by Northwest (1959), made with Eva Marie Saint since Kelly was by that time Princess of Monaco. Grant eventually became alienated by the new realism in the film industry. He was young enough to begin the new career of fatherhood when he stopped making movies at age 62.

Most frequent genres for this person: Comedies | Romance / Love | Drama

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Awards & Nominations for Cary Grant

Academy Honorary Award David Di Donatello for Best Foreign Actor Kennedy Center Honors 2x Academy Award for Best Actor

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Movies with Cary Grant as Actor(108)

as Himself (archive footage)2017 Becoming Cary Grant
as Himself (archive footage)2010 Metropolis Refound
as Himself (archive footage)2007 Hippies
as Himself (archive footage)2003 Complicated Women
as (in "Suspicion") (archive footage)1982 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
as (archive footage)1976 That's Entertainment, Part II
as (archive footage)1975 Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
as (archive footage)1974 That's Entertainment!
as Himself (uncredited)1970 Elvis: That's the Way It Is
as Sir William Rutland1966 Walk Don't Run
as Walter Christopher Eckland1964 Father Goose
as Peter Joshua aka Alexander Dyle aka Adam Canfield aka Bryan Cruikshank1963 Charade
as Philip Shayne1962 That Touch of Mink
as Victor Rhyall, Earl1960 The Grass Is Greener
as Lt. Cmdr. Matt T. Sherman1959 Operation Petticoat
as Roger O. Thornhill1959 North by Northwest
as Tom Winters1958 Houseboat
as Philip Adams1958 Indiscreet
as Nickie Ferrante1957 An Affair to Remember
as Cmdr. Andrew " Andy" Crewson1957 Kiss Them for Me
as John Robie1955 To Catch a Thief
as Clemson Reade1953 Dream Wife
as Dr. Barnaby Fulton1952 Monkey Business
as George "Poppy" Rose1952 Room for One More
as Dr. Noah Praetorius1951 People Will Talk
as Dr. Eugene Norland Ferguson1950 Crisis
as Capt. Henri Rochard1949 I Was a Male War Bride
as Dr. Madison W. Brown1948 Every Girl Should Be Married
as himself1947 Blow-Ups of 1947
as Richard Nugent1947 The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
as Dudley1947 The Bishop's Wife
as Cary Grant (uncredited)1946 Without Reservations
as T.R. Devlin1946 Notorious
as Cole Porter1946 Night and Day
as Cary Grant (uncredited/archive footage)1945 George White's Scandals
as Mortimer Brewster1944 Arsenic and Old Lace
as himself1944 The Shining Future
as himself1944 Road to Victory
as Ernie Mott1944 None But the Lonely Heart
as Jerry Flynn1944 Once Upon a Time
as Captain Cassidy1943 Destination Tokyo
as Joe Adams1943 Mr. Lucky
as Patrick 'Pat' O'Toole1942 Once Upon a Honeymoon
as Leopold Dilg - Joseph1942 The Talk of the Town
as Himself (uncredited)1942 Breakdowns of 1942
as John D. 'Johnnie' Aysgarth1941 Suspicion
as Roger Adams1941 Penny Serenade
as Walter Burns1940 His Girl Friday
as Matt Howard1940 The Howards of Virginia
as Nick Arden1940 My Favorite Wife
as C.K. Dexter Haven1940 The Philadelphia Story
as Sgt. Archibald Cutter1939 Gunga Din
as Geoff Carter1939 Only Angels Have Wings
as Alec Walker1939 In Name Only
as Johnny Case1938 Holiday
as Dr. David Huxley1938 Bringing Up Baby
as George Kerby (archive footage) (uncredited)1938 Topper Takes a Trip
as Jerry Warriner1937 The Awful Truth
as George Kerby1937 Topper
as Nick Boyd1937 The Toast of New York
as Jimmy Hudson1937 When You're in Love
as Charlie Mason1936 Wedding Present
as Det. Sgt. Danny Barr1936 Big Brown Eyes
as Andre1936 Suzy
as Michael Andrews1935 The Last Outpost
as Ken Gordon1935 Wings in the Dark
as Jimmy Monkley1935 Sylvia Scarlett
as Cary Grant (uncredited)1935 Pirate Party on Catalina Isle
as Gerald Fitzgerald1935 Enter Madame
as Dr. Maurice Lamar1934 Kiss and Make-Up
as Malcolm Trevor1934 Born to Be Bad
as Porter Madison III1934 Thirty Day Princess
as Julian De Lussac1934 Ladies Should Listen
as Jeffrey Baxter1933 The Woman Accused
as Mock Turtle1933 Alice in Wonderland
as Captain Cummings1933 She Done Him Wrong
as Jack Clayton1933 I'm No Angel
as Ace Corbin1933 Gambling Ship
as Henry Crocker1933 The Eagle and the Hawk
as Nick Townsend1932 Blonde Venus
as Lieutenant Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton1932 Madame Butterfly
as Ridgeway1932 Sinners in the Sun
as Charlie Baxter1932 Merrily We Go to Hell
as Lt. Jaeckel1932 Devil and the Deep
as First Sailor (uncredited)1932 Singapore Sue
as Stephen Mathewson1932 This Is the Night
as Romer Sheffield1932 Hot Saturday

TV Shows/Series with Cary Grant as Actor(2)

Movies with Cary Grant as Crew(1)

Production/Executive Producer1960 The Grass Is Greener

Born: Monday, 01/18 1904 (January) in Bristol
Died: Saturday, 11/29 1986 (November) in Davenport (aged: 82)
Zodiac sign: Capricorn (Chinese zodiac sign: Dragon)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: Bishop Road Primary School, Fairfield Grammar School
Spouses (current/former): Virginia Cherrill, Barbara Hutton, Betsy Drake, Dyan Cannon
Children: Jennifer Grant
Father: Elias James Leach
Mother: Elsie Kingdom
Other names for Cary Grant (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Кэри Грант"
"Archibald Alec Leach"
"Archibald Leach"
"Archibald Alexander Leach"
"Кері Ґрант"
Cary Grant frequently works together with these people:
Myrna Loy (14x, Actress)
James Stewart (14x, Actor)
Alfred Hitchcock (13x, Crew)
Clark Gable (13x, Actor)
Darrell Silvera (13x, Crew)
Bess Flowers (12x, Actress)
Howard Hawks (12x, Crew)
Joan Crawford (12x, Actress)
Mel Berns (12x, Crew)
Ginger Rogers (11x, Actress)
Henry Fonda (2x, Actor)
Charlton Heston (2x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:1993, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 12/12/2019