Cary Grant, formerly Archibald Alexander Leach, was a British-born American film actor and executive producer. He was born on 18 January 1904 in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, to a middle-class family, between Elsie Maria (Kingdon) and Elias James Helch. His father worked in a factory. His good looks, elegant style, romantic approach, easy-going approach to acting, and comical sense of timing have made him one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actors.
His mother taught him to sing and dance when he was four and occasionally took him to the movies, starring Charlie Chaplin, Chester Conklin, Fatty Arbuckle, Ford Sterling, Mack Swain and Broncho Anderson’s performance.
He had an unhappy upbringing. His father was a heavy drinker and his mother suffered from mental depression. His father told him his mother died when he was ten years old. The real truth is that his father had put his mother in a mental hospital for a nervous breakdown, and when he was 10 his father remarried. He didn’t know until he was an adult that his mother hadn’t died.
He didn’t know until shortly before his death that his father confessed to lying.To escape poverty and a troubled family, Archie Leach ran away from home at the age of 13. He joined Bob Pender’s troupe of gorgeous comedians by lying about his age and forging his father’s signature on the admission letter. He studied pantomime and acrobatics. He owes much to this training in his subsequent acting career. He toured the English states with the Pender Troupe.
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Before Grant became Cary Grant of Hollywood, he appeared in numerous stage musicals and comedies in New York City in the late 1920s and early ’30s. In 1932, Grant went to Hollywood to test scripts and sign with Paramount Pictures. In 1932, he starred in his first feature film, “This Is The Night”, launching his brilliant film career. He acted in over 70 films. In his early film career, he appeared in many romantic and screwball comedy films – “The Terrible Truth”(1937), “Raising the Baby “(1938), “His Girl Friday” (1940), and “The Philadelphia Story” 1940)”.
He had starred alongside Katherine Hepburn in films such as The “Holiday”, “Bring Up Baby”, and “The Philadelphia Story” in the 1940s and 1950s. Grant also starred in famous suspense and thriller director Alfred Hitchcock in four films-“Suspicion”(1941), “Notorious”(1946), “To Catch the Thief”(1955), and “North by Northwest” (1959). The couple had his one of the most famous and successful collaborations of any actor/director couple in history.
He worked with Grace Kelly for only one film in the course of his filmography, the romantic thriller To Catch a Thief (1955). The film won an Oscar for Best Cinematography, but not for Acting.
Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond series, offered him the role of James Bond in Dr. No before goes to Sean Cornery. Ian Fleming was inspired by Cary Grant’s Spy role in classic suspense movies like Notorious, To CAtch a Thief and North by Northwest. However Cary Grant rejected the offer, as he was already in his late 50’s,he thought it would not be good to play the role.
In 1963 he made his classic film “Charade”, a hilarious crime thriller full of humor and suspense. It was a classic of the genre and directed by Stanley Donen, starring Audrey Hepburn. His last film was Walk, Don’t Run, a romantic comedy set in Tokyo.
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Awards and Honours
Grant didn’t recieved any major award despite being one of the best box- office star of his days. Grant’s nominations for the Golden Globe Award for best actor include- nominated academy award for best actor for “ Penny Serenade“(1941), “None but the lonely heart“1944, Golden Globe award for best actor for-“Indiscreet”(1959) and “That touch of Mink“, David Donatello for best foreign actor for “The grass is greener“(1960) , BAFTA award for best foreign actor for charade golden Laurel for Top Male comedy performance. He received an honorary Oscar in 1970.
Cary Grant Spouse
Grant achieved tremendous success as an actor, however he had a troubled marriages. Cary Grant maried five times . His first four marriages ended in divorce. In 1934 Grant maried for the first time with actress Virginia Cherril, whom he’d met at a party. His first marriage din’t go long. They were together only for seven months.
In 1941, a year later Grant married for a second time to Barbara Hutton, heiress to the Woolworth’s fortune, a millionare mant times. The pair remained married for four years.
Grant married third times in 1949 with actress Betsy Drake, whose career Grant had a hand in making and it was his longest marriage among his five marriages. They were together for 14 years.
Grant married fourth times in 1965 when he was 61-year-old to 28-year-old Dyan Cannon. On April 11, 1981, Cary Grant married fifth times with Barbara Harris. She was a British hotel public relations agent. They were married until he passed on November 29, 1986. He retired from acting at the age of 62 when his daughter, Jennifer, was born in 1966.
How many children did Cary Grant have?
Although Grant married five times in his life he had only had one child. He had a daughter, Jennifer, with fourth wife Dyan Cannon Jennifer on February 26, 1966. Grant once said “My life changed the day Jennifer was born”.
Net Worth of Cary Grant
At the time of Cary Grant’s death in 1986, he had a net worth of approximately of $ 60 million which is about 130$ million to 135$ million in todays time.
How did Cary Grant died?
In 1986, Grant died at the age of 82 years from a fatal stroke.