Cary Grant

Cary Grant

Highest Rated: 100% Spine Tingler: The William Castle Story (2007)

Lowest Rated: 22% The Pride and the Passion (1957)

Birthday: Jan 18, 1904

Birthplace: Horfield, Bristol, England, UK

British-born actor Cary Grant (born Archibald Leach) escaped his humble Bristol environs and unstable home life by joining an acrobatic troupe, where he became a stilt-walker. Numerous odd jobs kept him going until he tried acting, and, after moving to the United States, he managed to lose his accent, developing a clipped mid-Atlantic speaking style uniquely his own. After acting in Broadway musicals, Grant was signed in 1932 by Paramount Pictures to be built into leading-man material. His real name would never do for marquees, so the studio took the first initials of their top star Gary Cooper, reversed them, then filled in the "C" and "G" to come up with Cary Grant. After a year of nondescript roles, Grant was selected by Mae West to be her leading man in She Done Him Wrong (1933) and I'm No Angel(1934). A bit stiff-necked but undeniably sexy, Grant vaulted to stardom, though Paramount continued wasting his potential in second rate films. Free at last from his Paramount obligations in 1935, Grant vowed never to be strictly bound to any one studio again, so he signed a dual contract with Columbia and RKO that allowed him to choose any "outside" roles he pleased. Sylvia Scarlett (1936) was the first film to fully demonstrate Grant's inspired comic flair, which would be utilized to the utmost in such knee-slappers as The Awful Truth (1937), Bringing Up Baby (1938), His Girl Friday (1939), and The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer (1947). (Only in Arsenic and Old Lace [1941] did he overplay his hand and lapse into mugging.) The actor was also accomplished at straight drama, as evidenced in Only Angels Have Wings (1939), Destination Tokyo (1942), Crisis (1950), and in his favorite role as an irresponsible cockney in None but the Lonely Heart (1942), for which Grant was nominated for an Oscar -- he didn't win, although he was awarded a special Oscar for career achievement in 1970. Off-stage, most of Grant's co-workers had nothing but praise for his craftsmanship and willingness to work with co-stars rather than at them. Among Grant's yea-sayers was director Alfred Hitchcock, who cast the actor in three of his best films, most notably the quintessential Hitchcock thriller North by Northwest (1959). Seemingly growing handsomer and more charming as he got older, Grant retained his stardom into the 1960s, enriching himself with lucrative percentage-of-profits deals on such box-office hits as Operation Petticoat (1959) and Charade (1964). Upon completing Walk, Don't Run in 1966, Grant decided he was through with filmmaking -- and he meant it. Devoting his remaining years to an executive position at a major cosmetics firm, Grant never appeared on a TV talk show and seldom granted newspaper interviews. In the 1980s, however, he became restless, and decided to embark on a nationwide lecture tour, confining himself exclusively to small towns in which the residents might otherwise never have the chance to see a Hollywood superstar in person. It was while preparing to lecture in Davenport, IA, that the 82-year-old Cary Grant suffered a sudden and fatal stroke in 1986.

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Filmography

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No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock: Master of Suspense Actor 2013
No Score Yet Metropolis refundada Actor 2010
100% Spine Tingler: The William Castle Story Actor 2007
No Score Yet Best of Film Noir Actor 2000
No Score Yet Judy Garland's Hollywood Actor 1997
No Score Yet Christmas Throughout the Years Actor 1991
No Score Yet George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey Himself 1984
No Score Yet The AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Alfred Hitchcock Actor 1979
60% That's Entertainment, Part 2 Actor 1976
100% That's Entertainment Actor 1973
83% Walk, Don't Run Sir William Rutland 1966
79% Father Goose Walter Christopher Eckland 1964
95% Charade Peter Joshua 1963
78% That Touch of Mink Philip Shayne 1962
88% The Grass Is Greener Victor Rhyall, Earl 1960
99% North by Northwest Roger O. Thornhill 1959
85% Operation Petticoat Adm. Matt Sherman Executive Producer 1959
64% Houseboat Tom Winters 1958
100% Indiscreet Philip Adams 1958
No Score Yet Kiss Them for Me Cmdr. Andy Crewson 1957
62% An Affair to Remember Nickie Ferrante 1957
22% The Pride and the Passion Capt. Anthony Trumbull 1957
96% To Catch a Thief John Robie 1955
No Score Yet Dream Wife Clemson Reade 1953
88% Monkey Business Prof. Barnaby Fulton 1952
No Score Yet Room for One More George 'Poppy' Rose 1952
100% People Will Talk Dr. Noah Praetorius 1951
71% Crisis Dr. Eugene Norland Ferguson 1950
No Score Yet Hollywood Without Makeup Actor 1950
No Score Yet Every Girl Should Be Married Dr. Madison Brown 1949
80% I Was a Male War Bride Capt. Henri Rochard 1949
82% Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House Jim Blandings 1948
83% The Bishop's Wife Dudley 1948
75% The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer Dick 1947
No Score Yet Without Reservations Himself 1946
No Score Yet Night and Day Cole Porter 1946
98% Notorious Devlin 1946
88% Arsenic and Old Lace Mortimer Brewster 1944
No Score Yet Once upon a Time Jerry Flynn 1944
No Score Yet None But the Lonely Heart Ernie Mott 1944
100% Mr. Lucky Joe Adams Joe Adams/Joe Bascopolous 1943
80% Destination Tokyo Capt. Cassidy 1943
No Score Yet Once Upon a Honeymoon Pat O'Toole 1942
93% The Talk of the Town Leopold Dilg 1942
97% Suspicion Johnnie Aysgarth 1941
94% Penny Serenade Roger Adams 1941
100% The Philadelphia Story C.K. Dexter Haven 1940
85% My Favorite Wife Nick Arden 1940
98% His Girl Friday Walter Burns 1940
No Score Yet The Howards of Virginia Matt Howard 1940
No Score Yet In Name Only Alec Walker 1939
100% Only Angels Have Wings Geoff Carter 1939
92% Gunga Din Sgt. Cutter 1939
No Score Yet Topper Takes a Trip George Kerby--in Scenes from TOPPER George Kerby 1938
100% Holiday Johnny Case 1938
93% Bringing Up Baby David Huxley 1938
93% The Awful Truth Jerry Warriner 1937
No Score Yet The Toast of New York Nick Boyd 1937
94% Topper George Kerby 1937
No Score Yet The Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss (The Amazing Adventure)(Romance and Riches) Ernest Bliss 1937
No Score Yet When You're in Love Jimmy Hudson 1937
No Score Yet Wedding Present Charlie Mason 1936
No Score Yet Suzy Andre Charville 1936
80% Big Brown Eyes Det. Sgt. Danny Barr 1936
No Score Yet Klondike Annie Actor 1936
82% Sylvia Scarlett Jimmy Monkley 1935
No Score Yet The Last Outpost Michael Andrews 1935
No Score Yet Wings in the Dark Ken Gordon 1935
No Score Yet Enter Madame Gerald Fitzgerald 1935
No Score Yet Kiss and Make-Up Dr. Maurice Lamar 1934
No Score Yet Thirty Day Princess Porter Madison III 1934
No Score Yet Born to Be Bad Malcolm Trevor 1934
67% Alice in Wonderland Mock Turtle 1933
91% I'm No Angel Jack Clayton 1933
No Score Yet The Eagle and the Hawk Henry Crocker 1933
90% She Done Him Wrong Capt. Cummings 1933
No Score Yet Hot Saturday Romer Sheffield 1932
53% Blonde Venus Nick Townsend 1932
No Score Yet Merrily We Go to Hell Stage Leading Man 1932
No Score Yet Sinners in the Sun Ridgeway 1932
No Score Yet Madame Butterfly Lt. B.F. Pinkerton 1932
No Score Yet The Devil and the Deep Lt. Jaeckel 1932

QUOTES FROM Cary Grant CHARACTERS

Jerry Flynn says: Caterpillars come and go, but that one has talent.

Roger O. Thornhill says: In the world of advertising, there's no such thing as a lie. There's only expedient exaggeration.

Roger O. Thornhill says: Now, what can a man do with his clothes off for twenty minutes?

Eve Kendall says: You could always take a cold shower.

Ernie Mott says: They say money talks... all it's ever said to me is goodbye.

C.K. Dexter Haven says: The moon is also a goddess, chaste and virginal.

Tracy Lord says: Oh, stop using those foul words.

Macauley Connor says: Are you still in love with her? Or perhaps you consider that to be a very personal question. Liz thinks you are! Liz thinks you are. All though of course women like to roman..romanticize things a bit.

C.K. Dexter Haven says: Yes they do, don't they.

Macauley Connor says: Yes they do, don't they.

Frances Stevens says: Have you ever had a better offer?

John Robie (The Cat) says: You know as well as I do, those jewels are fake.

Frances Stevens says: Well I'm not.

Eve Kendall says: [Hanging with Roger from the edge of Mt Rushmore] What happened to your first two marriages?

Eve Kendall says: What happened to your first two marriages?

Roger O. Thornhill says: My wives divorced me. They said I led too dull a life.

Roger O. Thornhill says: [To Leonard] Have you poured any good drunks lately?

Roger O. Thornhill says: Have you poured any good drunks lately?

Macauley Connor says: Doggone it, C.K. Dexter Haven! Either I'm gonna sock you or you're gonna sock me.

C.K. Dexter Haven says: Shall we toss a coin?

C.K. Dexter Haven says: To hardly know him is to know him well.

C.K. Dexter Haven says: Red, you look in the pink.

Walter Burns says: There's been a light burning in the window for you!

Hildy Johnson says: I jumped out that window a long time ago, Walter.

Roger O. Thornhill says: Hello Mother, this is your son, Roger Thornhill.

Guru says: I want to find out about your Army.

Archibald Cutter says: Why don't you enlist, mate!

Adm. Matt Sherman says: "Lt. Holden has reached new heights in the art of scavenging. Like a spider in a web, he sits there and his victims come to him like flies bearing gifts. He's the only man I know who will probably be presented the Navy Cross at his court martial."

Adm. Matt Sherman says: Lt. Holden has reached new heights in the art of scavenging. Like a spider in a web, he sits there and his victims come to him like flies bearing gifts. He's the only man I know who will probably be presented the Navy Cross at his court martial.

Capt. J. B. Henderson says: Mr Sherman, I want my wall back!

Adm. Matt Sherman says: I'm not sure that we have it, Sir!

Capt. J. B. Henderson says: You must have it! You've got everything else!

Adm. Matt Sherman says: "19 December 1941: Repairs progressing. Crew morale high, except for their concern that our supply officer might be caught and shot. My emotions about this are mixed. Lieutenant Holden and Sergeant Gallardo are undoubtedly the world's greatest thieves-- ..scavengers. To paraphrase Mr. Churchill: 'Never have so few stolen so much from so many....' And what they can't find in the warehouses, they improvise."

Adm. Matt Sherman says: 19 December 1941: Repairs progressing. Crew morale high, except for their concern that our supply officer might be caught and shot. My emotions about this are mixed. Lieutenant Holden and Sergeant Gallardo are undoubtedly the world's greatest thieves-- ..scavengers. To paraphrase Mr. Churchill: 'Never have so few stolen so much from so many....' And what they can't find in the warehouses, they improvise.

Richard (Dick) Nugent says: How'd you get in here?

Matt Beemish says: Well, the door was closed, so I opened it and came right in.

Matt Beemish says: I'm the court psychiatrist.

Richard (Dick) Nugent says: Come back in an hour. I'll be crazy by then.

John Robie (The Cat) says: John Robie: You're here in Europe to buy a husband. Frances Stevens: The man I want doesn't have a price. John Robie: That eliminates me.

John Robie (The Cat) says: You're here in Europe to buy a husband.

Frances Stevens says: The man I want doesn't have a price.

John Robie (The Cat) says: That eliminates me.

Roger O. Thornhill says: I could use a drink..a pint of Bourbon will do.

The Professor says: Mind if I join you?

Roger O. Thornhill says: Better make it a quart.

Bill Cole says: You've been taken to the cleaners, and you don't even know your pants are off.

Muriel Blandings says: I refuse to endanger the lives of my children in a house with less than four bathrooms.

Jim Blandings says: replies: For 1,300 dollars they can live in a house with three bathrooms and ROUGH IT.

Joan Blandings says: Oh look. Mother's diary. It's slightly torrid.

Jim Blandings says: What's with this kissing all of a sudden? I don't like it. Every time he goes out of this house, he shakes my hand and kisses you.

Muriel Blandings says: replies to Jim: Would you prefer it the other way around?

Bill Cole says: The next time you're going to do anything or say anything or buy anything, think it over very carefully. When you're sure you're right, forget the whole thing.

Jim Blandings says: This little piggy went to market. A meek and as mild as a lamb. He smiled in his tracks. When they slipped him the axe. He KNEW he'd turn out to be Wham!

Capt. Henri Rochard says: My name is Rochard. You'll think I'm a bride but actually I'm a husband. There'll be a moment or two of confusion but, if we all keep our heads, everything will be fine.

Sergeant says: Any female trouble?

Capt. Henri Rochard says: Nothing but, Sergeant.

Sergeant says: You're not Mrs. Rochard!

Capt. Henri Rochard says: I'm MISTER Rochard.

Sergeant says: Well, it's your WIFE who must report here for transportation to Bremerhaven.

Capt. Henri Rochard says: According to the War Department, I AM my wife.

Sergeant says: You can't be your wife!

Capt. Henri Rochard says: If the American army says that I CAN be my wife, who am I to dispute them?

Capt. Henri Rochard says: I am an alien spouse of female military personnel en route to the United States under public law 271 of the Congress.

"Teddy Roosevelt" Brewster says: [Mr. Witherspoon has just met Teddy and Teddy pulls Mortimer aside] Is he trying to move into the White House before I've moved out?

Mortimer Brewster says: Who?

"Teddy Roosevelt" Brewster says: [points to Mr. Witherspoon] Taft!

Mortimer Brewster says: [singing] There is a Happydale, far, far away...

Martha Brewster says: For a gallon of elderberry wine, I take one teaspoon full of arsenic, then add half a teaspoon full of strychnine, and then just a pinch of cyanide.

Mortimer Brewster says: Hmm. Should have quite a kick.

Adm. Matt Sherman says: Subject, Toilet paper. One: on 6 June 1941, this vessel submitted a requisition for 150 rolls of toilet paper. On 16 December 1941 the requisition was returned with stamped notation, 'Cannot identify material required.' Two: the commanding officer of the USS SeaTiger cannot help but wonder what is being used at the Caviti Supply Depot as a substitute for this unidentifiable material once so well known to this command.

David Huxley says: Now it isn't that I don't like you, Susan, because, after all, in moments of quiet, I'm strangely drawn toward you, but - well, there haven't been any quiet moments.

Regina Lampert says: Hello, Mr. Dyle.

Peter Joshua/Alexander Dyle/Adam Canfield/Brian Cruik says: Regie?

Regina Lampert says: Well, that's the only name I've got.

Peter Joshua/Alexander Dyle/Adam Canfield/Brian Cruik says: What do I have to do to satisfy you? Become the next victim?

Regina Lampert says: That's a start anyway.

Regina Lampert says: I already know an awful lot of people and until one of them dies I couldn't possibly meet anyone else.

Peter Joshua/Alexander Dyle/Adam Canfield/Brian Cruik says: Well, if anyone goes on the critical list, let me know.

Roger O. Thornhill says: Tell me, why are you so good to me?

Eve Kendall says: Shall I climb up and tell you why?

Eve Kendall says: You've got taste in clothes, taste in food.

Roger O. Thornhill says: And taste in women. I like your flavor.

Roger O. Thornhill says: How does a girl like you get to be a girl like you?

Eve Kendall says: Lucky I guess.

Eve Kendall says: Roger O. Thornhill. What does the O stand for?

Roger O. Thornhill says: Nothing.

Dudley says: The only people who grow old were born old to begin with.

C.K. Dexter Haven says: I thought all writers drank to excess and beat their wives. You know one time I secretly wanted to be a writer.

Johnny Case says: [upon seeing the mansion for the first time] Judas!

Maid says: I beg your pardon?

Johnny Case says: Er, I just said Judas. It didn't mean anything.

Johnny Case says: When I find myself in a position like this, I ask myself what would General Motors do? And then I do the opposite!

Aunt Elizabeth says: But why are you wearing 'these' clothes?

David Huxley says: Because I just went gay all of a sudden!

Aunt Elizabeth says: Now see here young man, stop this nonsense. What are you doing?

David Huxley says: [exasperated and wearing Susan's negligee] I'm standing in the middle of 42nd Street waiting for a bus!

David Huxley says: But Susan, you can't climb in a man's bedroom window!

Susan Vance says: I know, it's on the second floor!

Aunt Elizabeth says: Well who are you?

David Huxley says: I don't know. I'm not quite myself today.

Aunt Elizabeth says: Well, you look perfectly idiotic in those clothes.

David Huxley says: These aren't my clothes.

Aunt Elizabeth says: Well, where are your clothes?

David Huxley says: I've lost my clothes!

Aunt Elizabeth says: But why are you wearing 'these' clothes?

David Huxley says: Because I just went gay all of a sudden!

Aunt Elizabeth says: Now see here young man, stop this nonsense. What are you doing?

Nick Arden says: Impulsive? He's full of carrots!

Elaine Harper says: But Mortimer, you're going to love me for my mind, too.

Mortimer Brewster says: One thing at a time!

Roger O. Thornhill says: The three of you together. Now that's a picture only Charles Addams could draw.

Phillip Vandamm says: Good evening Mr. Kaplin.

Roger O. Thornhill says: Before we start calling each others names, perhaps you'd better tell me yours. I haven't had the pleasure.

Phillip Vandamm says: You disappoint me.

Roger O. Thornhill says: I was gonna say that to her.

Phillip Vandamm says: What possesses you to come blundering in here like this? Could it be an overpowering interest in art?

Roger O. Thornhill says: Yes, the art of survival.

Phillip Vandamm says: You're a bit taller than I expected, a little more polished...

Roger O. Thornhill says: (sarcastically) I'm so glad you're pleased Mr. Townsend.

Roger O. Thornhill says: [sarcastically] I'm so glad you're pleased Mr. Townsend.

Phillip Vandamm says: But I'm afraid it's just as obvious.

Roger O. Thornhill says: Now why the devil was I brought here?

Phillip Vandamm says: (sitting down) Games? Must we?

Phillip Vandamm says: [sitting down] Games? Must we?

Roger O. Thornhill says: (Learning Vandamm's name for the first time) Oh, Mr Vandamm...

Roger O. Thornhill says: [learning Vandamm's name for the first time] Oh, Mr Vandamm...

Phillip Vandamm says: (turning his eyes on Thornhill) Has anyone ever told you that you overplay your various roles rather severely Mr Kaplin? First you play the outraged Madison Avenue man who claims to have been mistaken for someone else. Then you play the fugitive from justice, supposedly trying to clear his name of a crime he knows he didn't commit. And now you play the peevish lover, stunned by jealousy and betrayal. Seems to me you fellows can take less training from the FBI and more from the Actors' Studio...

Phillip Vandamm says: [turning his eyes on Thornhill] Has anyone ever told you that you overplay your various roles rather severely Mr Kaplin? First you play the outraged Madison Avenue man who claims to have been mistaken for someone else. Then you play the fugitive from justice, supposedly trying to clear his name of a crime he knows he didn't commit. And now you play the peevish lover, stunned by jealousy and betrayal. Seems to me you fellows can take less training from the FBI and more from the Actors' Studio...

Roger O. Thornhill says: Apparently the only performance that will satisfy you is when I play dead.

Phillip Vandamm says: Your very next role, and you'll be quite convincing I assure you...

Walter Burns says: "Take Hitler and stick him on the funny pages!"

Walter Burns says: Take Hitler and stick him on the funny page.

Victor Rhyall says: If your mistress is unfaithful, she is to be discarded. If your wife is unfaithful, she is to be befriended.

David Huxley says: I'll be with you in a minute, Mr. Peabody!

Regina Lampert says: Do you understand French?

Peter Joshua/Alexander Dyle/Adam Canfield/Brian Cruik says: Not a word. I'm still having trouble with English.

Roger O. Thornhill says: In the world of advertising, there's no such thing as a lie. There's only expedient exaggeration.

Archibald Cutter says: You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din.

David Huxley says: It isn't that I don't like you, Susan, because after all, in moments of quiet, I'm strangely drawn toward you; but, well, there haven't been any quiet moments!

Mortimer Brewster says: Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops.

Roger O. Thornhill says: "Now you listen here, I'm an advertising man, not a red herring. I've got a job, a secretary, a mother, two ex-wives and several bartenders depending upon me, and I don't intend to disappoint them all by getting myself 'slightly' killed."