The British naturalized American actor came to the United States in his early teens as a performer in a travelling acrobat company. When the group returned to England, Archibald Leach chose to remain in America where he started performing on Broadway. In 1931, he joined Hollywood and became famous thanks to Mae West who chose him as a partner in two successful films including I'm No Angel. His role in The Awful Truth, in 1937, established the actor's legendary persona fuelled by his knowing charm, comedic gestures, nonchalant seductiveness, self-mockery and half-aristocratic, half-cockney British accent. He therefore became the king of screwball comedies in which he shared the screen with major leading ladies such as Katharine Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe or Audrey Hepburn. Alfred Hitchcock brought Cary Grant, 'the only actor [he] ever loved' towards darker roles, enabling him to reveal a wider talent before he decided to retire from cinema in 1962. Charming but unstable, the actor who married five times, was ambiguous about his sexuality and addicted to LSD, he remained Archibald Lead, the little boy who had endured a miserable childhood even after becoming the debonair Cary Grant who inspired Ian Fleming's legendary character, James Bond.