Cary Grant (born Archibald Alec Leach; January 18, 1904 – November 29, 1986) was an English-American actor. Known for his transatlantic accent, debonair demeanor, light-hearted approach to acting, and sense of comic timing, he was one of classic Hollywood's definitive leading men during the 1940s and 1950s.
Cary Grant, Actor: Charade. 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 on January 18, 1904 in Horfield, Bristol, England, to Elsie Maria (Kingdon) and Elias James Leach, who worked in a factory.
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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 Alexander Leach on January 18, 1904 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. However, the real truth was that she had been placed in a mental institution, where she would remain for years, and he was never told about it (he would not see his mother again until he was in his late 20s).
He left school at age 14, 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 United States. Their show on Broadway, \\"Good Times\\", ran for 456 performances, giving Grant time to acclimatize. He would stay in America. Mae West wanted Grant for She Done Him Wrong (1933) because she saw his combination of virility, sexuality and the aura and bearing of a gentleman. Grant was young enough to begin the new career of fatherhood when he stopped making movies at age 62.
Although Grant retired from the screen, he remained active. He accepted a position on the board of directors at Faberge. By all accounts this position was not honorary, as some had assumed. Grant regularly attended meetings and traveled internationally to support them. The position also permitted use of a private plane, which Grant could use to fly to see his daughter wherever her mother Dyan Cannon, was working. He later joined the boards of Hollywood Park, the Academy of Magical Arts (The Magic Castle - Hollywood, California), Western Airlines (acquired by Delta Airlines in 1987) and MGM. Grant expressed no interest in making a career comeback. He was in good health until almost the end of his life, when he suffered a mild stroke in October 1984. In his last years, he undertook tours of the United States in a one-man-show, \\"A Conversation with Cary Grant\\", in which he would show clips from his films and answer audience questions. On November 29, 1986, Cary Grant died at age 82 of a cerebral hemorrhage in Davenport, Iowa.
In 1999, the American Film Institute named Grant the second male star of Golden Age of Hollywood cinema (after Humphrey Bogart). Grant was known for comedic and dramatic roles; his best-known films include Bringing Up Baby (1938), The Philadelphia Story (1940), His Girl Friday (1940), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), Notorious (1946), An Affair to Remember (1957), North by Northwest (1959) and Charade (1963).
- Archibald Alec Leach
- 6' 1½" (1.87 m)
Review: Howard Hawks' "Bringing Up Baby" (1938) Starring Katharine Hepburn And Cary Grant; Criterion Blu-ray Special Edition
Normal 0 false false false En-us X-none X-none “I Can’T Give You Anything But Love, Baby” By Raymond Benson It boggles this reviewer’s mind that Bringing Up Baby, released in early 1938, was considered a “flop” at the time.
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Oct 18, 2020 · Cary Grant’s most prized possession was either his father’s pocket watch, or a gold chain that he wore around his neck that held one of Jennifer’s baby teeth in Lucite, and three charms that ...
Apr 23, 2021 · Actor Cary Grant performed in films from the 1930s through the 1960s. He starred in several Alfred Hitchcock films, including the 1959 hit 'North by Northwest.'
Oct 13, 2020 · Cary Grant’s collected papers (held at the Margaret Herrick Library in Beverly Hills) include dozens of scrapbooks filled with publicity clippings from every stage of his career. The scrapbooks ...
May 26, 2020 · Cary Grant has been memorialized as one of the greats, a man whose rugged good looks and effortless charm drove audiences wild. But recent memoirs published by the famed actor’s fourth wife and daughter reveal that behind the Hollywood charm, lay a troubled and complicated man. Meet the Real Cary Grant.
Aug 08, 2016 · Grant and Kelly, meanwhile, had drifted apart. “He was adjusting to the mask of Cary Grant,’’ Kelly writes. “A mask that became his career, a career that became Grant.’’
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Nov 20, 2019 · Cary Grant and his then-wife Dyan Cannon with their daughter, Jennifer Grant, who was born in 1966. (Getty, File) ELVIRA, MISTRESS OF THE DARK, RECALLS HER ‘SORT OF A DATE’ WITH ELVIS PRESLEY ...