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Cary Grant

Updated on December 1, 2016

Cary Grant was an American motion picture actor, who in a career spanning more than 30 years has been one of Hollywood's most accomplished performers in sophisticated comedy. He was born Archibald Alexander Leach in Bristol, England, on January 18, 1904. He joined a troupe of acrobats at 13 but was forced by his father to return to school. At 15, he joined a music hall company that toured England and, in 1920, the United States. In 1932 he went to Hollywood and changed his name to Gary Grant. He appeared in seven films during his first year there, beginning with This Is the Night. There followed a succession of pictures with such stars as Mae West, Irene Dunne, Ingrid Bergman, and Katharine Hepburn, by such directors as Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks and Leo McCarey. He became an American citizen in 1942. Grant's most notable films include She Done Him Wrong (1933), The Awful Truth (1937), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Suspicion (1941), North by Northwest (1959), Father Goose (1964), and Walk, Don't Run (1966).


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