Cary Grant

  • Birth Name: Archibald Alexander Leach
  • Birth Place: Horfield, Bristol, England
  • Died: November 29, 1986
  • Profession: Actor, Business executive
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Fast Facts

  • When he was 9, his father told him his mother was on vacation at the seashore, but she had actually been committed to a mental asylum. He did not see her again for more than 20 years.
  • Came to the U.S. in 1920 as a stilt-walker with a British acrobatic troupe.
  • When his contract with Paramount Studio was up in 1935, he made the unusual move to eschew the studio-contract system and worked as a freelance actor.
  • Gave his salary for 1940's The Philadelphia Story to the British War effort and his fee for 1944's Arsenic and Old Lace to the U.S. War Relief Fund.
  • His favorite film performance was as a cockney rogue in 1944's None but the Lonely Heart, for which he was Oscar-nominated.
  • After he quit acting in 1966, he became an executive with the Faberge cosmetics company.
  • Received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1981.

Awards

  • 1941, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1959, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1961, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1963, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1964, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1969, Oscar — Honorary Award: Winner
  • 1944, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1965, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actor: Nominee
  • 1960, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee

Relationships

  • Elias James Leach — Father
  • Dyan Cannon — Ex-wife
  • Barbara Hutton — Ex-wife
  • Jennifer Grant — Daughter
  • Virginia Cherrill — Ex-wife
  • Barbara Harris — Wife
  • Elsie Maria Kingdom Leach — Mother
  • Betsy Drake — Ex-wife

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