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Also Known As: Archibald Alexander Leach Died: November 29, 1986
Born: January 18, 1904 Cause of Death: stroke
Birth Place: Bristol, England, GB Profession: actor, acrobat, juggler, song-and-dance man, lifeguard, advertising

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Cary Grant was the quintessential movie star - a leading man whose light comic touch, effortlessly debonair screen presence, and devastating good looks proved timeless in their appeal. After escaping a truly Dickensian childhood in England and paying his dues on the American vaudeville circuit, Grant landed his first leading roles in such features as "She Done Him Wrong" (1933). Having gained notoriety in romantic-comedies like "The Awful Truth" (1937), he went on to star opposite a cavalcade of Hollywood's most luminous leading ladies, including Irene Dunne, Ingrid Bergman, Ginger Rogers, Katharine Hepburn, Eva Marie Saint and Grace Kelly. Classics like "Bringing Up Baby" (1938) paired the star with many of the greatest directors of the golden age of cinema, including Howard Hawks, George Cukor, Frank Capra, Stanley Donen and, most notably, Alfred Hitchcock. For nearly 30 years, Grant remained a major box office draw in hit films that included "Gunga Din" (1939), "His Girl Friday" (1940), "The Philadelphia Story" (1941), "Notorious" (1946), "To Catch a Thief" (1955), "North by Northwest" (1959) and "Charade" (1963). So indelible was his contribution to cinema that he was ranked No. 2 on the American...

Cary Grant was the quintessential movie star - a leading man whose light comic touch, effortlessly debonair screen presence, and devastating good looks proved timeless in their appeal. After escaping a truly Dickensian childhood in England and paying his dues on the American vaudeville circuit, Grant landed his first leading roles in such features as "She Done Him Wrong" (1933). Having gained notoriety in romantic-comedies like "The Awful Truth" (1937), he went on to star opposite a cavalcade of Hollywood's most luminous leading ladies, including Irene Dunne, Ingrid Bergman, Ginger Rogers, Katharine Hepburn, Eva Marie Saint and Grace Kelly. Classics like "Bringing Up Baby" (1938) paired the star with many of the greatest directors of the golden age of cinema, including Howard Hawks, George Cukor, Frank Capra, Stanley Donen and, most notably, Alfred Hitchcock. For nearly 30 years, Grant remained a major box office draw in hit films that included "Gunga Din" (1939), "His Girl Friday" (1940), "The Philadelphia Story" (1941), "Notorious" (1946), "To Catch a Thief" (1955), "North by Northwest" (1959) and "Charade" (1963). So indelible was his contribution to cinema that he was ranked No. 2 on the American Film Institute's list of the 25 Greatest Screen Legends of All Time in 1999, surpassed only by Humphrey Bogart. Perhaps best summing up the myth and reality of the persona he had become so closely identified with, Grant himself once said, "I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be, and, finally, I became that person. Or he became me."

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 It's Showtime (1976) Himself
2.
 Walk, Don't Run (1966) William Rutland
3.
 Father Goose (1964) Walter Eckland
4.
 Charade (1963) Peter Joshua/Alexander Dyle/Adam Canfield/Brian Cruikshank
5.
 That Touch of Mink (1962) Philip Shayne
6.
 The Grass Is Greener (1961) Victor, Earl of Rhyall
7.
 North by Northwest (1959) Roger Thornhill
8.
 Operation Petticoat (1959) Matt T. Sherman
9.
 Indiscreet (1958) Philip Adams
10.
 Houseboat (1958) Tom Winston
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1917:
Joined a travelling acrobatic troupe
1920:
Arrived in New York with acrobatic troupe
1923:
First role on the British stage
1931:
Appeared in the film short, "Singapore Sue"
1932:
Made feature film debut in a supporting role in "This Is the Night"
:
Attracted notice as Mae West's leading man in "She Done Him Wrong" (1932) and "I'm No Angel" (1933)
1937:
Confirmed his star status with the landmark screwball comedy, "The Awful Truth"
1941:
First film with Alfred Hitchcock, "Suspicion"
1966:
Last film, "Walk, Don't Run"
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companion:
Randolph Scott. Actor. Shared living quarters for many years when both were struggling performers as well as between marriages.
wife:
Virginia Cherrill. Actor. Married in 1933; divorced in 1935; died in November 1996 at age 88.
wife:
Barbara Hutton. Heiress to the Woolworth fortune; socialite; married in 1942; divorced in 1945.
wife:
Betsy Drake. Actor. Married in 1949; divorced in 1959; acted opposite Grant in her film debut, "Every Girl Should Be Married" (1948) and "Room for One More" (1952).
wife:
Dyan Cannon. Actor. Married from 1965 to 1968.
wife:
Barbara Harris. Married from 1981 until his death.
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mother:
Elsie Leach. Institutionalized in mental hospital when Grant was aged 12.
father:
Elias Leach. Pants presser.
daughter:
Jennifer Grant. Born on February 26, 1966; mother, Dyan Cannon.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Cary Grant: A Bio-Bibliography" Greenwood Press
"Evenings With Cary Grant"
"Cary Grant: A Class Apart" Columbia University Press
"Dark Angel"
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