Cary Grant

Cary Grant


1/18/1904, Bristol, England, UK



Birth Name

Archibald Alexander Leach


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Cary Grant was a leading box-office star for three decades, and the silver screen's definition of the quick-witted and debonair gentleman. He co-starred with just about every leading lady in the business, from Grace Kelly, Joan Fontaine and Sophia Loren to Katharine Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. His early…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • in 2001 a statue of Grant was erected in Millennium Square, in his city of birth Bristol, England.

    • Cary posed for publicity photographs for Indian Motorcycles in 1949.

    • Cary did a public service announcement for the American Lung Association's Christmas Seals in 1946, played during movie intermissions.

    • Cary was named the 2nd greatest Male Lead Actor, behind Humphrey Bogart, by the American Film Institute on June 16, 1999.

    • Cary was considered for the lead role in Lawrence Of Arabia (1962).

    • Cary turned down the role of Professor David Pollack in Arabesque (1966) even though the part had been written for him.

    • Cary became a creative consultant for the Faberge Cosmetics Company in 1967 and in May 1968, was elected to be a member of the board of directors of the company, a position he held until his death in 1986.

    • Cary turned down the role of James Bond in Dr. No (1962), saying he was too old to play the part, being 58 at the time.

    • Cary's real name was used as the character name of John Cleese, as "Archie Leach," in A Fish Called Wanda (1988).

    • Cary has a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame at 1610 Vine Street.

    • Cary was awarded the King's Medal for Service in the Cause of Freedom by King George VI, for his "outstanding service to the British War Relief Society," on April 18, 1947.

    • Cary refused the role of Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady (1964), promising he'd never watch the movie unless Rex Harrison repeated his stage role.

    • Cary had one daughter, Catherine, with his fourth wife, actress Dyan Cannon.

    • Other jobs Cary had before acting included acrobat, advertising, juggler, and lifeguard.

    • Cary maintained a year-round suntan to keep from wearing makeup.

    • Cary was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actor In A Musical Or Comedy four times, for the following films:

      Indiscreet (1958)
      Operation Petticoat (1959)
      That Touch of Mink (1962)
      Charade (1963)

    • Cary was nominated for the Oscar for Best Actor In A Leading Role twice, in Penny Serenade (1942) and None But The Lonely Heart (1944). He was never nominated again due to his going freelance outside of the studio system, but was given an Honorary Oscar in 1970 in recognition of his contributions to film.

    • Cary was the first Hollywood actor to go freelance; after his contract ran out without MGM, he offered to work for any studio that offered him parts he liked.

    • Cary was far-sighted and often wore glasses off-camera.

    • Cary was featured on a 37¢ commemorative postage stamp from the U.S. Post Office in the Legends of Hollywood series, issued on October 15, 2002.

    • Cary was 6 feet 1 1/2 inches tall.

    • Cary took the role of Roger Thornhill in in Alfred Hitchcock's film North By Northwest (1959) after James Stewart turned it down. Stewart had taken a role of Cary's earlier after Grant turned it down, in Rope (1948), also directed by Hitchcock.

    • Cary has a bronze statue modeled after him at Millennium Square, in Bristol, England.

    • Cary shared a beach house with fellow actor Randolph Scott, for 12 years, after meeting him on the set of Hot Saturday (1932).

    • Cary was named the second greatest male actor of all time, behind Humphrey Bogart, on the American Film Institute's list of 100 Greatest Actors, on June 16, 1999.

    • Cary Grant appeared in over 75 films during his career.

    • Cary Grant was married five times. His first wife was Virginia Cherrill whom he married in 1934. The couple divorced in 1935. His next wife was Barbara Hutton. They were married between 1942 and 1945. His third - and longest - marriage was to Betsy Drake between 1949 and 1962. Grant's fourth marriage was to Dyan Cannon between 1965 and 1967. The couple had a child together. Grant's final marriage was to Barbara Harris. They were married from 1981 until Grant's death in 1986.

    • Cary Grant created his own production company, Grantley Productions, in the 1950s. The company produced many films including Indiscreet and That Touch of Mink.

    • Cary used to sell his autograph to fans for $0.25.

    • Ian Fleming modeled the James Bond character partially with Grant in mind.

    • Cary Grant was one of the first 100 to be honoured with his name set into the pavement in London's 'Avenue of the Stars' in Convent Garden.

    • According to Cary Grant his daughter, Jennifer, was his best production.

  • Quotes

    • (as Mortimer Brewster in Arsenic And Old Lace (1944))
      Cary Grant: Insanity runs in my family... It practically gallops.

    • Cary Grant: They all repeat the rumors that I'm a tightwad and that I'm a homosexual. Now I don't feel that either of those is an insult, but it's all nonsense.

    • Cary Grant: When people tell you how young you look, they are telling you how old you are.

    • Cary Grant: My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.

    • Cary Grant: Everyone tells me I've had such an interesting life, but sometimes I think it's been nothing but stomach disturbances and self-concern.

    • Cary Grant: The only really good thing about acting is that there's no heavy lifting.

    • Cary Grant: Divorce is a game played by lawyers.

    • (when asked "Who is Cary Grant?")
      Cary Grant: When you find out, tell me.

    • Cary Grant: I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be until finally I became that person. Or he became me.

    • Cary Grant: It takes 500 small details to add up to one favorable impression.

    • Cary Grant: No money, no material reward is comparable to the praise, the shouts of well done and accompanying pat on the back of one's fellowman.

    • Cary Grant: To succeed with the opposite sex, tell her you are impotent; she can't wait to disprove it.

  • A talented hero of the box office

    Cary Grant is one of my favorite actors of all time. He was also one of the few actors that Sir Alfred Hitchcock ever respected. Grant could do nearly anthing from comedies such as "Bringing Up Baby" or "Mr. Blandings Builds a Dream Home" to action "North By Northwest", to suspense "Notorious" or "Suspicion." the only thing that prevents him from getting a perfect 10 from me is the fact that he never played a villian. A great villian he would have made too, judging by his sinister actions in "Suspicion." But he's far more talented than you or I could ever be, and we should respect him for being such a hero.moreless
  • Debonair, suave, funny, charismatic, gorgeous, Cary Grant doesn't disappoint. His films will win you over. Talented beyond belief, he still ranks in the top of all-time.

    Cary Grant amazingly blends humor and charm with ease. On screen his brilliance literally jumps out at you. I can't even say which is my favorite film, only that if you have watched any film of his once you will likely watch them again and again. Whether it be comedy or drama, his delivery is always top notch.