Cary Grant

American Actor Cary Grant

Career Timeline

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.

Birth Date
Age 82
Horfield, Bristol, England, UK
  • Actor
Film Industry

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Year Movie Country Role Credit Ratings
1982 Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid United States (in "Suspicion") (archive footage) Actor 0.00
1963 Charade United States Peter Joshua Actor 0.00
1959 North by Northwest United States Roger O. Thornhill Actor 0.00
1955 To Catch a Thief United States John Robie Actor 0.00
1947 The Bishop's Wife United States Dudley Actor 0.00
1946 Notorious United States T.R. Devlin Actor 0.00
1942 The Talk of the Town United States Leopold Dilg - Joseph Actor 0.00
1940 His Girl Friday United States Walter Burns Actor 0.00
1939 Only Angels Have Wings United States Geoff Carter Actor 0.00
1939 Gunga Din United States Sgt. Archibald Cutter Actor 0.00
1938 Bringing Up Baby United States Dr. David Huxley Actor 0.00
1937 Topper United States George Kerby Actor 0.00
1937 The Awful Truth United States Jerry Warriner Actor 0.00
1933 The Eagle and the Hawk United States Henry Crocker Actor 0.00