Cary Grant

Cary Grant

Movie Actor

Cary Grant was an English-American actor. He was known for his Mid-Atlantic accent, debonair demeanor, light-hearted approach to acting, and sense of comic timing. He was one of classic Hollywood's definitive leading men from the 1930s until the mid-1960s.

Full Name
Archibald Alexander Leach
Jan 18, 1904
Nov 29, 1986
6′ 2″
Net Worth


Cary Grant was born Archibald Alexander Leach on January 18, 1904, in Horfield, Bristol, England. He was the only child of Elsie Maria Kingdon and Elias James Leach. His father owned a leather business and his mother worked as a dressmaker and milliner before their marriage. As a young boy, Grant loved to imitate the silent movie stars he saw at local cinemas. 

After finishing school, Grant pursued acting as a career and joined the Bob Pender Troupe of comedians after being spotted by Bob Pender himself during a show. His first professional stage appearance was in 1921 with an amateur theatrical group in Bristol. In 1925, Grant moved to New York City and joined The Lambs theater club which allowed him to work with established actors like Humphrey Bogart and Spencer Tracy. 

Grant made his film debut in 1932’s This is the Night, appearing alongside Frank Morgan and Myrna Loy. He went on to star in major films like Topper (1937), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), The Philadelphia Story (1940) and Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). Grant’s next hit came with Notorious (1946), where he starred opposite Ingrid Bergman. After this success he continued making films until 1966 when he retired from acting at age 62. 

Throughout his career Grant won an Academy Honorary Award for his “unique mastery of the art of screen acting” in 1970 and also received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his performance in Penny Serenade in 1941. He was also named the second Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute in 1999.  Grant married five times throughout his life including actress Dyan Cannon who gave birth to their daughter Jennifer Grant in 1966. Cary Grant died on November 29th 1986 at the age of 82 due to congestive heart failure

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1904</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Cary Grant is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On January 18, 1904, Cary Grant was born in Bristol, England. His birth name was Archibald Alexander Leach.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1920</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Begins Career as an Actor and Acrobat</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Leach begins his performing career at age 16, touring the United States as an acrobat with a vaudeville troupe.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1931</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Moves to Hollywood</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Leach moves to Hollywood and adopts the stage name "Cary Grant".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1934</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">First Leading Role in Film</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Grant stars in his first leading role, in the film This Is The Night.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1936</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Paired with Katharine Hepburn</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Grant appears alongside Katharine Hepburn in the romantic comedy Sylvia Scarlett.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1959</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Receives Honorary Oscar</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Grant receives an honorary Academy Award for “his unique mastery of the art of screen acting.”</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1986</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Retires from Acting</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Grant retires from acting after starring in Walk, Don't Run, his last major film role.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He's an Iconic Actor</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Cary Grant is an iconic actor who has appeared in some of the most beloved classic films. His charisma, charm, and wit made him one of the most popular figures in Hollywood throughout his career.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He Exuded Charisma and Style</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Cary Grant was known for his debonair style and effortless charm. His suave persona captivated audiences and he was loved by both men and women alike.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He Was a Trailblazer</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Cary Grant was one of the first actors to break away from traditional roles and star in more diverse roles. He challenged gender stereotypes, showing that a male actor could be both masculine and sensitive.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Real Name was Archibald Leach</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Though he was known as Cary Grant, the actor's real name was Archibald Leach. He changed his name when he began his career in Hollywood.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Ran Away from Home at Age 16</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">At age 16, Grant ran away from home and joined a traveling theater group. He later moved to New York and began appearing in Broadway plays.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Received an Honorary Academy Award</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 1970, Cary Grant received an Honorary Academy Award for "his unique mastery of the art of screen acting."</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Was a Pilot</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Cary Grant was a skilled pilot and often flew his own planes around the world. He even made an emergency landing in a cornfield once!</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Had a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 1960, Cary Grant was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, making him one of the few actors to receive such an honor.</p></div>


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