Cary Grant (1904 - 1986)

Cary Grant
1904 - 1986
updated August 16, 2020
Cary Grant, father to 1 child, was born on January 18, 1904 in Horfield, United Kingdom. He was born to Elias James Leach and Elsie Maria Leach. He married Dyan Cannon and Cary died. They gave birth to Jennifer Diane Grant. Cary died in November 1986 in Davenport, Iowa USA at 82 years old. We know that Cary Grant had been residing in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California 90210.

Came into the world as Archibald Leach.Cary Grant
Born January 18, 1904 in Horfield, Bristol, England, UK
Died November 29, 1986 in Davenport, Iowa, USA (cerebral hemorrhage)
Birth Name Archibald Alec Leach
Height 6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Once told by an interviewer, "Everybody would like to be Cary Grant", Grant is said to have replied, "So would I."

Cary Grant was born Archibald Alexander Leach on January 18, 1904 in Horfield, Bristol, England, to Elsie Maria (Kingdon) and Elias James Leach, who worked in a factory. His early years in Bristol would have been an ordinary lower-middle-class childhood, except for one extraordinary event. At age nine, he came home from school one day and was told his mother had gone off to a seaside resort. However, the real truth was that she had been placed in a mental institution, where she would remain for years, and he was never told about it (he would not see his mother again until he was in his late 20s).

He left school at age 14, lying about his age and forging his father's signature on a letter to join Bob Pender's troupe of knockabout comedians. He learned pantomime as well as acrobatics as he toured with the Pender troupe in the English provinces, picked up a Cockney accent in the music halls in London, and then in July 1920, was one of the eight Pender boys selected to go to the United States. Their show on Broadway, "Good Times", ran for 456 performances, giving Grant time to acclimatize. He would stay in America. Mae West wanted Grant for She Done Him Wrong (1933) because she saw his combination of virility, sexuality and the aura and bearing of a gentleman. Grant was young enough to begin the new career of fatherhood when he stopped making movies at age 62.

One biographer said Grant was alienated by the new realism in the film industry. In the 1950s and early 1960s, he had invented a man-of-the-world persona and a style - "high comedy with polished words". In To Catch a Thief (1955), he and Grace Kelly were allowed to improvise some of the dialogue. They knew what the director, Alfred Hitchcock, wanted to do with a scene, they rehearsed it, put in some clever double entendres that got past the censors, and then the scene was filmed. His biggest box-office success was another Hitchcock 1950s film, North by Northwest (1959) made with Eva Marie Saint since Kelly was by that time Princess of Monaco.

Although Grant retired from the screen, he remained active. He accepted a position on the board of directors at Faberge. By all accounts this position was not honorary, as some had assumed. Grant regularly attended meetings and traveled internationally to support them. The position also permitted use of a private plane, which Grant could use to fly to see his daughter wherever her mother Dyan Cannon, was working. He later joined the boards of Hollywood Park, the Academy of Magical Arts (The Magic Castle - Hollywood, California), Western Airlines (acquired by Delta Airlines in 1987) and MGM.

Grant expressed no interest in making a career comeback. He was in good health until almost the end of his life, when he suffered a mild stroke in October 1984. In his last years, he undertook tours of the United States in a one-man-show, "A Conversation with Cary Grant", in which he would show clips from his films and answer audience questions. On November 29, 1986, Cary Grant died at age 82 of a cerebral hemorrhage in Davenport, Iowa.

In 1999, the American Film Institute named Grant the second male star of Golden Age of Hollywood cinema (after Humphrey Bogart). Grant was known for comedic and dramatic roles; his best-known films include Bringing Up Baby (1938), The Philadelphia Story (1940), His Girl Friday (1940), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), Notorious (1946), An Affair to Remember (1957), North by Northwest (1959) and Charade (1963).
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Dale O'Connor

Spouse (5)
Barbara Harris (11 April 1981 - 29 November 1986) ( his death)
Dyan Cannon (22 July 1965 - 21 March 1968) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Betsy Drake (25 December 1949 - 13 August 1962) ( divorced)
Barbara Hutton (8 July 1942 - 30 August 1945) ( divorced)
Virginia Cherrill (9 February 1934 - 26 March 1935) ( divorced)
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Cary Grant
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Cary
First name
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Middle name
Grant
Last name(s)
Archibald Alexander Leach, Cary Grant
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Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California 90210
Last known residence
Cary Grant was born on in Horfield, Bristol County, United Kingdom
Birth
Cary Grant died in in Davenport, Iowa USA
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Cary Grant was born on in Horfield, Bristol County, United Kingdom
Cary Grant died in in Davenport, Iowa USA
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Death
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English.

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Education

Merry Old England.

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Trade Mark (5)
Mid-Atlantic accent
Often played a handsome bachelor
Roles in romantic comedies
Chin dimple
Often played characters who were much younger than his actual age.
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In October 1997 he was ranked #7 in "Empire" (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.
Became a father for the first time at age of 62 when his fourth wife Dyan Cannon gave birth to their daughter Jennifer Diane Grant (aka Jennifer Grant) on February 26, 1966.
Ian Fleming modeled the James Bond character partially with Grant in mind.
Suffered a major stroke prior to performing in his one-man show "An Evening with Cary Grant" at the Adler Theater in Davenport, Iowa on November 29, 1986. Passed away later that night at St. Luke's Hospital at 11:22 p.m., almost two months away from what would have been his 83rd birthday on January 18, 1987.
From 1932-44 he shared a house with Randolph Scott, whom he met on Hot Saturday (1932). Scott often jokingly referred to Grant as his spouse. The 1940 census report shows Scott as head of household and Grant as his partner. Many studio heads threatened not to employ them together, unless they lived separately. Grant's marriage to Barbara Hutton permanently dissolved his living arrangement with Scott.
Cary Grant passed away on November 29, 1986, almost two months away from what would have been his 83rd birthday on January 18, 1987.
He gave his entire fee for The Philadelphia Story (1940) to the British war effort.
He once phoned hotel mogul Conrad Hilton in Istanbul, Turkey, to find out why his breakfast order at the Plaza Hotel, which called for muffins, came with only 1-1/2 English muffins instead of two. When he insisted that the explanation (a hotel efficiency report had found that most people ate only three of the four halves brought to them) still resulted in his being cheated out of a half, the Plaza Hotel changed its policy and began serving two complete muffins with breakfast. From then on, he often spoke of forming an English Muffin-Lovers Society, members of which would be required to report any hotel or restaurant that listed muffins on the menu and then served fewer than two.
Turned down the role of James Bond in Dr. No (1962), believing himself to be too old at age 58 to play the hero. The role went to Sean Connery instead.
In 1995 he was chosen by "Empire" (UK) magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#22).
Donated his entire salary for Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) ($100,000) to the U.S. War Relief Fund.
He never said "Judy, Judy, Judy" in the movies, which he credits to Larry Storch, but he did say "Susan, Susan, Susan" in Bringing Up Baby (1938).
Was a great fan of Elvis Presley and attended his Las Vegas shows. He is seen discussing Elvis' performance with him backstage during the closing credits of Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970).
On American Film Institute's list of top 100 U.S. love stories, compiled in June 2002, Grant led all actors with six of his films on the list. His An Affair to Remember (1957) was ranked #5; followed by: #44 The Philadelphia Story (1940) #46 To Catch a Thief (1955) #51 Bringing Up Baby (1938) #77 The Awful Truth (1937) #86 Notorious (1946)
Pictured on a 37¢ USA commemorative postage stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series, issued 15 October 2002.
He was originally supposed to play Humphrey Bogart's role in, Sabrina (1954), but turned it down, supposedly because he did not want to carry an umbrella onscreen.
Although he became a Paramount Pictures contract player early in his film career, when the contract was up he made an unusual decision for the time: he decided to freelance. Because his films were so successful at the box office, he was able to work at any studio he chose for the majority of his career.
Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 191-193. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
Thanks mainly to the strength and physical dexterity he gained as an acrobat when he was young, he did a majority of his own stunts during his film career (far more than people would think).
Douglas Fairbanks was his boyhood idol, with Fairbanks' "healthy" tan being the inspiration for Grant's constantly dark skin.
He remained close to Barbara Hutton's son Lance Reventlow after their divorce. The boy regularly stayed with Grant on some weekends. Grant referred to him as his son, was devastated when he died in a plane crash and helped Barbara with the funeral arrangements.
People were surprised by his retirement in 1966 and, despite the attempts of directors as important as Howard Hawks, Billy Wilder, and even Stanley Kubrick to get him out of retirement and into their films, he never worked again.
Paramount Pictures named him Cary Grant when he began his film career, because of the similarity of the name to Gary Cooper, their biggest male star (C.G. being an inversion of G.C.) and possibly because Clark Gable had the same initials. Gable and Cooper were born with their last names, however, with Grant having been born Archibald Leach.
Named the #2 Greatest Actor on The Greatest Screen Legends list by the American Film Institute.
According to his will (dated November 26, 1984), his body was to be cremated and no funeral service held. His ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean.
He was voted the sixth Greatest Movie Star of all time by "Entertainment Weekly".
The late Christopher Reeve said that he based his portrayal of Clark Kent in the "Superman" films on Grant in the early part of his career.
In His Girl Friday (1940), his character remarks, "Archie Leach said that", a reference to his real name.
Was hyperopic or "far-sighted". That is why in many publicity stills, he is seen holding a pair of glasses.
John Cleese's character in A Fish Called Wanda (1988) was named "Archie Leach" after Grant's real name.
Was largely self-educated, as he had dropped out of school at age 14. However, he was a voracious reader throughout his life.

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Cary Grant, father to 1 child, died in November 1986 in Davenport, Iowa USA at age 82. Cary was born on January 18, 1904 in Horfield, United Kingdom. He was born to Elias James Leach and Elsie Maria Leach. He married Dyan Cannon and Cary died. They gave birth to Jennifer Diane Grant. We know that Cary Grant had been residing in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California 90210.
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In 1904, in the year that Cary Grant was born, the World's Fair, officially known as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, was held in St. Louis, Missouri. Attended by nearly 19.7 million people (and later the subject of a Judy Garland film), the Fair was funded by federal, state and local sources to the tune of $15 million. As the name suggests, the Fair was suggested as a way to celebrate the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. In the past, World's Fairs were a way of bringing new technology to the attention of the masses and this fair was no exception - the use of electricity (the public feared it at the time), personal cars, airplanes, and the electric streetcar were all highlighted.

In 1948, he was 44 years old when on January 30th, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated in New Delhi by a member of a Hindu nationalist party who thought that Gandhi was too accommodating to Muslims. The man, Nathuram Godse, shot Gandhi 3 times. He died immediately. The shooter was tried, convicted, and hung in November 1949.

In 1956, Cary was 52 years old when this was the year that the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, became an international sensation. He began the year as a regional favorite and ended the year with 17 recordings having been on the Billboard’s Top 100 singles chart, 11 TV appearances, and a movie. Elvis scandalized adults and thrilled teens.

In 1965, at the age of 61 years old, Cary was alive when the television show "I Spy" premiered in the fall season on NBC. The stars were Bill Cosby and Robert Culp, making Cosby the first African American to headline a television show. Four stations - in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama - refused to air the show.

In 1986, in the year of Cary Grant's passing, on September 8th, the Oprah Winfrey Show went into national syndication. A popular talk show, it was number 1 in the ratings since its debut. The last show aired on May 25, 2011.

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