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Cary Grant



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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RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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 Hollywood Legends - Cary Grant & James Stewart
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Best of Film Noir
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Gay! Gay! Hollywood
  • Actor
1999
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
100% Walk, Don't Run
  • Sir William Rutland
1966
79% Father Goose
  • Walter Christopher Eckland
1964
92% Charade
  • Peter Joshua
1963
78% That Touch of Mink
  • Philip Shayne
1962
100% The Grass Is Greener
  • Victor Rhyall, Earl
1960
100% North by Northwest
  • Roger O. Thornhill
1959
84% 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
64% An Affair to Remember
  • Nickie Ferrante
1957
14% The Pride and the Passion
  • Capt. Anthony Trumbull
1957
95% 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
79% I Was a Male War Bride
  • Capt. Henri Rochard
1949
80% Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
  • Jim Blandings
1948
82% 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
97% 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 Mister Lucky
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet Once Upon a Honeymoon
  • Pat O'Toole
1942
93% The Talk of the Town
  • Leopold Dilg
1942
100% 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 George Kerby--in Scenes from TOPPER
1938
100% Holiday
  • Johnny Case
1938
95% Bringing Up Baby
  • David Huxley
1938
91% 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
No Score Yet Big Brown Eyes
  • Det. Sgt. Danny Barr
1936
No Score Yet Klondike Annie
  • Actor
1936
88% 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 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
No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland
  • Mock Turtle
1933
90% 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
57% 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

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