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Cary Grant

Cary Grant

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 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. 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. One biographer said Grant was alienated by the new realism in the film industry. In the 1950s and early 1960s, 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.

Cary Grant Movies : Filmography

Hippies

Hippies

Himself (archive footage)

Released: 2007  

Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso

Walter Burns (archive footage) (uncredited)

Released: 1988  

All-Star Party for Frank Sinatra

All-Star Party for Frank Sinatra

Released: 1983  

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid

(in "Suspicion") (archive footage)

Released: 1982  

That's Entertainment Collection

That's Entertainment Collection

Clip from 'Suzy' (archive footage)

Released: 1974  

That's Entertainment!

That's Entertainment!

Clip from 'Suzy' (archive footage)

Released: 1974 Rated:

Walk, Don't Run

Walk, Don't Run

Sir William Rutland

Released: 1966  

Father Goose

Father Goose

Walter Christopher Eckland

Released: 1964  

Charade

Charade

Peter Joshua

Released: 1963 Rated: NR 

Hollywood Without Make-Up

Hollywood Without Make-Up

himself

Released: 1963  

That Touch of Mink

That Touch of Mink

Philip Shayne

Released: 1962  

The Grass Is Greener

The Grass Is Greener

Victor Rhyall, Earl

Released: 1960  

Operation Petticoat

Operation Petticoat

Lt. Cmdr. Matt T. Sherman

Released: 1959  

North by Northwest

North by Northwest

Roger O. Thornhill

Released: 1959 Rated:

Houseboat

Houseboat

Tom Winters

Released: 1958  

Indiscreet

Indiscreet

Philip Adams

Released: 1958  

Kiss Them for Me

Kiss Them for Me

Cmdr. Andy Crewson

Released: 1957  

An Affair to Remember

An Affair to Remember

Nickie Ferrante

Released: 1957 Rated: PG 

The Pride and the Passion

The Pride and the Passion

Anthony

Released: 1957  

To Catch a Thief

To Catch a Thief

John Robie

Released: 1955 Rated: NR 

Dream Wife

Dream Wife

Clemson Reade

Released: 1953  

Monkey Business

Monkey Business

Dr. Barnaby Fulton

Released: 1952  

Room for One More

Room for One More

George "Poppy" Rose

Released: 1952  

People Will Talk

People Will Talk

Dr. Noah Praetorius

Released: 1951  

Crisis

Crisis

Dr. Eugene Norland Ferguson

Released: 1950  

I Was a Male War Bride

I Was a Male War Bride

Capt. Henri Rochard

Released: 1949  

Every Girl Should Be Married

Every Girl Should Be Married

Dr. Madison W. Brown

Released: 1948  

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

Jim Blandings

Released: 1948  

The Bishop's Wife

The Bishop's Wife

Dudley

Released: 1947  

The Bachelor And The Bobby-Soxer

The Bachelor And The Bobby-Soxer

Dick

Released: 1947  

Blow-Ups of 1947

Blow-Ups of 1947

Himself

Released: 1947  

Notorious

Notorious

T.R. Devlin

Released: 1946 Rated: NR 

Night and Day

Night and Day

Cole Porter

Released: 1946  

None But the Lonely Heart

None But the Lonely Heart

Ernie Mott

Released: 1944  

Arsenic and Old Lace

Arsenic and Old Lace

Mortimer Brewster

Released: 1944  

Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time

Jerry Flynn

Released: 1944  

Road to Victory

Road to Victory

Released: 1944  

The Shining Future

The Shining Future

Self

Released: 1944  

Destination Tokyo

Destination Tokyo

Captain Cassidy

Released: 1943  

Mr. Lucky

Mr. Lucky

Joe Adams

Released: 1943  

Once Upon a Honeymoon

Once Upon a Honeymoon

Patrick 'Pat' O'Toole

Released: 1942  

The Talk of the Town

The Talk of the Town

Leopold Dilg - Joseph

Released: 1942  

Breakdowns of 1942

Breakdowns of 1942

Himself (uncredited)

Released: 1942  

Suspicion

Suspicion

Johnnie

Released: 1941  

Penny Serenade

Penny Serenade

Roger Adams

Released: 1941 Rated: NR 

The Philadelphia Story

The Philadelphia Story

C. K. Dexter Haven

Released: 1940  

The Howards of Virginia

The Howards of Virginia

Matt Howard

Released: 1940  

My Favorite Wife

My Favorite Wife

Nick Arden

Released: 1940  

His Girl Friday

His Girl Friday

Walter Burns

Released: 1940  

In Name Only

In Name Only

Alec Walker

Released: 1939  

Only Angels Have Wings

Only Angels Have Wings

Geoff Carter

Released: 1939  

Gunga Din

Gunga Din

Cutter

Released: 1939  

Topper Takes a Trip

Topper Takes a Trip

George Kerby (archive footage) (uncredited)

Released: 1938  

Holiday

Holiday

John 'Johnny' Case

Released: 1938  

Bringing Up Baby

Bringing Up Baby

Dr. David Huxley

Released: 1938  

The Toast of New York

The Toast of New York

Nick Boyd

Released: 1937  

Topper

Topper

George Kerby

Released: 1937  

When You're in Love (1937)

When You're in Love (1937)

Jimmy Hudson

Released: 1937  

The Awful Truth

The Awful Truth

Jerry Warriner

Released: 1937  

Wedding Present (1936)

Wedding Present (1936)

Charlie Mason

Released: 1936  

The Amazing Adventure

The Amazing Adventure

Ernest Bliss

Released: 1936  

Suzy

Suzy

Andre

Released: 1936  

Big Brown Eyes (1936)

Big Brown Eyes (1936)

Det. Sgt. Danny Barr

Released: 1936  

Sylvia Scarlett

Sylvia Scarlett

Jimmy Monkley

Released: 1935  

The Last Outpost

The Last Outpost

Michael Andrews

Released: 1935  

Wings in the Dark (1935)

Wings in the Dark (1935)

Ken Gordon

Released: 1935  

Enter Madame (1935)

Enter Madame (1935)

Gerald Fitzgerald

Released: 1935  

Ladies Should Listen (1934)

Ladies Should Listen (1934)

Julian De Lussac

Released: 1934  

Kiss and Make-Up

Kiss and Make-Up

Dr. Maurice Lamar

Released: 1934  

Thirty Day Princess (1934)

Thirty Day Princess (1934)

Porter Madison III

Released: 1934  

Born to Be Bad (1934)

Born to Be Bad (1934)

Malcolm Trevor

Released: 1934  

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Mock Turtle

Released: 1933  

I'm No Angel

I'm No Angel

Jack Clayton

Released: 1933  

Gambling Ship (1933)

Gambling Ship (1933)

Ace Corbin

Released: 1933  

The Eagle and the Hawk (1933)

The Eagle and the Hawk (1933)

Henry Crocke

Released: 1933  

The Woman Accused

The Woman Accused

Jeffrey Baxter

Released: 1933  

She Done Him Wrong

She Done Him Wrong

Captain Cummings

Released: 1933  

Madame Butterfly

Madame Butterfly

Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton

Released: 1932  

Hot Saturday

Hot Saturday

Romer Sheffield

Released: 1932  

Blonde Venus

Blonde Venus

Nick Townsend

Released: 1932  

Merrily We Go to Hell (1932)

Merrily We Go to Hell (1932)

Charlie Baxter

Released: 1932  

Singapore Sue (1932)

Singapore Sue (1932)

First Sailor (uncredited)

Released: 1932  

Sinners in the Sun (1932)

Sinners in the Sun (1932)

Ridgeway

Released: 1932  

This Is the Night (1932)

This Is the Night (1932)

Stephen Mathewson

Released: 1932