Cary Grant
(1904-1986)

Died aged 82

Cary Grant (born Archibald Alexander Leach; January 18, 1904 – November 29, 1986) was a British-American actor, known as one of classic Hollywood's definitive leading men. He began a career in Hollywood in the early 1930s, and became known for his transatlantic accent, light-hearted approach to acting and comic timing, and debonair demeanor. He became an American citizen in 1942. Born in Horfield, Bristol, Grant became attracted to theatre at a young age, and began performing with a troupe known as "The Penders" from the age of six. After attending Bishop Road Primary School and Fairfield Grammar School in Bristol, he toured the country as a stage performer, and decided to stay in New York City after a performance there. He established a name for himself in vaudeville in the 1920s and toured the United States before moving to Hollywood in the early 1930s. He initially appeared in crime films or dramas such as Blonde Venus (1932) and She Done Him Wrong (1933), but later gained renown for his appearances in romantic comedy and screwball comedy films such as The Awful Truth (1937), Bringing Up Baby (1938), His Girl Friday (1940) and The Philadelphia Story (1940). Along with the later Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) and I Was a Male War Bride (1949); these films are frequently cited as among the all-time great comedy films. Having established himself as a major Hollywood star, he was nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Actor, for Penny Serenade (1941) and None but the Lonely Heart (1944). In the 1940s and 1950s, Grant forged a working relationship with the director Alfred Hitchcock, appearing in films such as Suspicion (1941), Notorious (1946), To Catch a Thief (1955) and North by Northwest (1959). Hitchcock admired Grant and considered him to have been the only actor that he had ever loved working with. Towards the end of his film career, Grant was praised by critics as a romantic leading man, and received five Golden Globe Award for Best Actor nominations, including Indiscreet (1958) with Ingrid Bergman, That Touch of Mink (1962) with Doris Day, and Charade (1963) with Audrey Hepburn. He is remembered by critics for his unusually broad appeal, as a handsome, suave actor who did not take himself too seriously, possessing the ability to play with his own dignity in comedies without sacrificing it entirely. His comic timing and delivery made Grant what Premiere considers to have been "quite simply, the funniest actor cinema has ever produced". Grant was married five times; three of his marriages were elopements with actresses—Virginia Cherrill (1934–35), Betsy Drake (1949–62) and Dyan Cannon (1965–68). He has one daughter with Cannon, Jennifer Grant (born 1966). After his retirement from film acting in 1966, Grant pursued numerous business interests, representing cosmetics firm Fabergé, and sitting on the board of MGM and others. He was presented with an Honorary Oscar by his friend Frank Sinatra at the 42nd Academy Awards in 1970, and in 1981, he was accorded the Kennedy Center Honors. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Grant the second greatest male star of Golden Age Hollywood cinema, after Humphrey Bogart.

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Norwich Hippodrome Also known as the Grand Opera House, the Hippodrome opened in 1903 and hosted a multitude of famous acts including Laurel & Hardy and the young Archie Leach before he went on to become the more famous Cary Grant

St Giles Street, Norwich, United Kingdom where they performed

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy performed their legendary comedy double act here in February 1954. Norwich Hippodrome, which stood on this site until its demolition in 1966, also hosted the debut in 1916 of a 12 year old acrobat Archie Leach, later known as Cary Grant.

Entrance to St Giles Street car park, Norwich, United Kingdom where they debuted

Archibald Alec Leach better known as Cary Grant was born in this house 18th January 1904

15 Hughenden Road, Horfield, Bristol, United Kingdom where they was born (1904)

Centenary Of Cinema 1996 #045

Archibald Leach a pupil at this school 1909-1915 He gained great fame as Cary Grant

Bishop Road School, Bishopston, BS7 8LS, Bristol, United Kingdom where they attended school

Centenary Of Cinema 1996 #046

Cary Grant Archibald Leach the great Hollywood star was a pupil here 1915 - 1918

Fairlawn Road, Montpelier, Bristol, United Kingdom where they attended school

An eminent Bristolian Archibald Leach also known as Cary Grant 1904 - 1986. Movie Star by Graham Ibbeson Bronze Unveiled by Cary's widow Barbara Jayes 7 December 2001. Supported by Cary's family, friends and fans.

Millennium Promenade, Bristol, United Kingdom where they was born near (1904)