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Real Name: Archibald Alexander Leach
Birth Place: Horfield, Bristol, England, UK
Birth Date: January 18, 1904
Occupation: Actor, Soundtrack

Cary Grant Biography

Once told by an interviewer, "Everybody would like to be Cary Grant," Grant is said to have replied, "So would I." His early years in Bristol, England, 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 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 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 / TV-Shows

78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene (2017)
Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words (2015)
Trumbo (2015)
One Rogue Reporter (2014)
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014)
These Amazing Shadows (2011)
Smash His Camera (2010)
Warner at War (2008)
Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days (2001)
Cubby Broccoli: The Man Behind Bond (2000)
City Confidential (1998)
Classified X (1998)
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years (1997)
Legends of Entertainment Video (1995)
The Unknown Marx Brothers (1993)
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
American Masters (1985)
Moonlighting (1985)
Terror in the Aisles (1984)
George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1984)
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
This Is Elvis (1981)
That's Entertainment! (1974)
Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970)
Walk Don't Run (1966)
Father Goose (1964)
Charade (1963)
That Touch of Mink (1962)
The Grass Is Greener (1960)
North by Northwest (1959)
Operation Petticoat (1959)
Houseboat (1958)
Indiscreet (1958)
An Affair to Remember (1957)
Kiss Them for Me (1957)
The Pride and the Passion (1957)
To Catch a Thief (1955)
Room for One More (1952)
Monkey Business (1952)
People Will Talk (1951)
Crisis (1950)
I Was a Male War Bride (1949)
Every Girl Should Be Married (1948)
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)
The Bishop's Wife (1947)
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)
Notorious (1946)
Night and Day (1946)
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Once Upon a Time (1944)
Mr. Lucky (1943)
Destination Tokyo (1943)
The Talk of the Town (1942)
Penny Serenade (1941)
Suspicion (1941)
His Girl Friday (1940)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
The Howards of Virginia (1940)
My Favorite Wife (1940)
Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
In Name Only (1939)
Gunga Din (1939)
Holiday (1938)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Topper (1937)
When You're in Love (1937)
The Awful Truth (1937)
The Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss (1936)
Suzy (1936)
Big Brown Eyes (1936)
Wedding Present (1936)
Wings in the Dark (1935)
Sylvia Scarlett (1935)
The Last Outpost (1935)
Enter Madame! (1935)
Born to Be Bad (1934)
Kiss and Make-Up (1934)
Thirty Day Princess (1934)
The Woman Accused (1933)
The Eagle and the Hawk (1933)
She Done Him Wrong (1933)
Gambling Ship (1933)
Alice in Wonderland (1933)
I'm No Angel (1933)
Hot Saturday (1932)
Sinners in the Sun (1932)
Madame Butterfly (1932)
Merrily We Go to Hell (1932)
Devil and the Deep (1932)
This Is the Night (1932)
Blonde Venus (1932)

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