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Archibald Alec Leach was born in Horfield, Bristol, England in 1904. He attended Bishop Road Primary School. An only child, he had a confused and unhappy childhood. His mother Elsie was placed by his father in a mental institution when Archie was ten.He was expelled from the Fairfield Grammar School in Bristol in 1918. He subsequently joined the "Bob Pender stage troupe" and traveled with the group to the United States as a stilt walker in 1920, on a two-year tour of the country. When the troupe returned to England, he decided to stay in the US and continue his stage career.
1904 - 1986

Birth Name: Archibald Alec Leach

Height: 6' 1 1/2"

Hair Color: Dark Brown

Eye Color: Light Brown

Nickname: none found

Quote: "Everybody wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant."

After some success in light Broadway comedies, he came to Hollywood in 1931, where he acquired the name Cary Lockwood. He signed with Paramount Pictures, but while studio bosses were impressed with him, they were less than impressed with his adopted stage name. They decided that the name Cary was OK, but Lockwood had to go due to a similarity with another actor's name. It was after browsing through a list of the studio's preferred surnames, that Cary Grant was born. Having already appeared as leading man opposite Marlene Dietrich in Blonde Venus, his stardom was given a further boost by Mae West when she chose him for her leading man in two of her most successful films, She Done Him Wrong and I'm No Angel (both 1933). I'm No Angel was a tremendous financial success and, along with She Done Him Wrong, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, saved Paramount from bankruptcy.
Grant was considered a maverick by virtue of the fact that he was the first actor to "go independent," effectively bucking the old studio system, which almost completely controlled what an actor could or could not do. In this way, Grant was able to control every aspect of his career. He decided which movies he was going to appear in, he had personal choice of the directors and his co-stars and at times, even negotiated a share of the gross, something unheard of at the time, but now common among A-list stars. Grant starred in some of the classic screwball comedies, including Bringing Up Baby with Katharine Hepburn, His Girl Friday with Rosalind Russell, Arsenic and Old Lace with Priscilla Lane, and Monkey Business with Ginger Rogers.

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Cary Grant's Selected Filmography
1966 Walk Don't Run
1964 Father Goose
1963 Charade
1962 That Touch of Mink
1960 The Grass Is Greener
1959 Operation Petticoat
1959 North by Northwest
1958 Houseboat
1958 Indiscreet
1957 Kiss Them for Me
1957 The Pride and the Passion
1957 An Affair to Remember
1955 To Catch a Thief
1953 Dream Wife
1952 Monkey Business
1952 Room for One More
1951 People Will Talk
1950 Crisis
1949 I Was a Male War Bride
1948 Every Girl Should Be Married
1948 Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
1947 The Bishop's Wife
1947 The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
1946 Notorious
1946 Night and Day
1944 None But the Lonely Heart
1944 Arsenic and Old Lace
1944 Once Upon a Time
1943 Destination Tokyo
1943 Mr. Lucky
1942 Once Upon a Honeymoon
1942 The Talk of the Town
1941 Suspicion
1941 Penny Serenade
1940 The Philadelphia Story
1940 The Howards of Virginia
1940 My Favorite Wife
1940 His Girl Friday
1939 In Name Only
1939 Only Angels Have Wings
1939 Gunga Din
1938 Holiday
1938 Bringing Up Baby
1937 The Awful Truth
1937 The Toast of New York
1937 Topper
1937 When You're in Love
1936 Wedding Present
1936 The Amazing Adventure
1936 Fashions in Love (short)
1936 Suzy
1936 Big Brown Eyes
1935 Sylvia Scarlett
1935 The Last Outpost
1935 Wings in the Dark
1935 Enter Madame
1934 Ladies Should Listen
1934 Kiss and Make-Up
1934 Born to Be Bad
1934 Thirty Day Princess
1933 Alice in Wonderland
1933 I'm No Angel
1933 Gambling Ship
1933 The Eagle and the Hawk
1933 The Woman Accused
1933 She Done Him Wrong
1932 Madame Butterfly
1932 Hot Saturday
1932 Blonde Venus
1932 Devil and the Deep
1932 Merrily We Go to Hell
1932 Singapore Sue (short)
1932 Sinners in the Sun
1932 This Is the Night
Early Days Productions: Cary Grant  03/06/2012
Full Movie: Penny Serenade (1941)
A couple's big dreams give way to a life full of unexpected sadness and unexpected joy. - Edited from IMDB

Grant was one of Hollywood's top box-office attractions for several decades. He was a versatile actor, who did demanding physical comedy in movies like Gunga Din with the skills he had learned on the stage. Howard Hawks said that Grant was "so far the best that there isn't anybody to be compared to him".

Grant was a favorite actor of Alfred Hitchcock, notorious for disliking actors, who said that Grant was "the only actor I ever loved in my whole life". Grant appeared in such Hitchcock classics as Suspicion, Notorious, To Catch a Thief and North by Northwest. Biographer Patrick McGilligan wrote that, in 1965, Hitchcock asked Grant to star in Torn Curtain (1966), only to learn that Grant had decided to retire after making one more film, Walk, Don't Run (1966); Paul Newman was cast instead in Torn Curtain, opposite Julie Andrews.
Although Grant had retired from the screen, he remained active in other areas. In the late 1960s, he accepted a position on the board of directors at Fabergé. By all accounts this position was not honorary as some had assumed, as Grant was regularly attending meetings and his mere appearance at a product launch would almost certainly guarantee its success.
In the last few years of his life, Grant undertook tours of the United States in a one man show. It was called "A Conversation with Cary Grant", in which he would show clips from his films and answer audience questions. Grant was preparing for a performance at the Adler Theater in Davenport, Iowa on the afternoon of November 29, 1986 when he suffered a massive stroke.  He died later that night at St. Luke's Hospital at age 82.