Cary Grant

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.


Highest Rated Movies



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
No Score Yet 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 Executive Producer Adm. Matt Sherman 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
25% 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
No Score Yet People Will Talk Dr. Noah Praetorius 1951
67% 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 1943
No Score Yet 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
93% 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
90% 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