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Cary Grant (1904 - 1986)

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.

Tags / Cary Grant - American Actor - Muses - Cinematic Men - 1930s - Charm - Humour
Portrait of Cary Grant for Only Angels Have Wings directed by Howard Hawks, 1939. Photo by Otto Dyar, 1933
Portrait of Cary Grant for Only Angels Have Wings directed by Howard Hawks, 1939. Photo by Otto Dyar, 1933
Portrait of Cary Grant in  Alice in Wonderland directed by Norman Z. McLeod, 1933
Portrait of Cary Grant in Alice in Wonderland directed by Norman Z. McLeod, 1933
Portrait of Cary Grant by A.L. Schafer, 1937
Portrait of Cary Grant by A.L. Schafer, 1937
Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant in  An Affair to Remember directed by Leo McCarey, 1957
Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant in An Affair to Remember directed by Leo McCarey, 1957
Josephine Hull, Jean Adair and Cary Grant in Arsenic and Old Lace directed by Frank Capra, 1944
Josephine Hull, Jean Adair and Cary Grant in Arsenic and Old Lace directed by Frank Capra, 1944
Portrait of Cary Grant and Priscilla Lane in Arsenic and Old Lace directed by Frank Capra, 1944
Portrait of Cary Grant and Priscilla Lane in Arsenic and Old Lace directed by Frank Capra, 1944
Cary Grant and Priscilla Lane in Arsenic and Old Lace directed by Frank Capra, 1944
Cary Grant and Priscilla Lane in Arsenic and Old Lace directed by Frank Capra, 1944
Ralph Bellamy, Cary Grant and Irene Dunne in The Awful Truth directed by Leo McCarey, 1937
Ralph Bellamy, Cary Grant and Irene Dunne in The Awful Truth directed by Leo McCarey, 1937
Myrna Loy and Cary Grant in The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer directed by Irving Reis, 1947
Myrna Loy and Cary Grant in The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer directed by Irving Reis, 1947
Cary Grant, Joan Bennett and Walter Pidgeon in Big Brown Eyes directed by Raoul Walsh, 1936
Cary Grant, Joan Bennett and Walter Pidgeon in Big Brown Eyes directed by Raoul Walsh, 1936
Loretta Young and Cary Grant in Born to Be Bad directed by Lowell Schermann, 1934
Loretta Young and Cary Grant in Born to Be Bad directed by Lowell Schermann, 1934
Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby directed by Howard hawks, 1938
Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby directed by Howard hawks, 1938
Cary Grant  in Bringing Up Baby directed by Howard hawks, 1938
Cary Grant in Bringing Up Baby directed by Howard hawks, 1938
Cary Grant and Marlene Dietrich in Blonde Venus directed by Josef Von Sternberg, 1932
Cary Grant and Marlene Dietrich in Blonde Venus directed by Josef Von Sternberg, 1932
Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby directed by Howard hawks, 1938
Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby directed by Howard hawks, 1938
Gilbert Roland, Cary Grant, Paula Raymond and José Ferrer in Crisis directed by Richard Brooks, 1950
Gilbert Roland, Cary Grant, Paula Raymond and José Ferrer in Crisis directed by Richard Brooks, 1950
Cary Grant and Paula Raymond in Crisis directed by Richard Brooks, 1950
Cary Grant and Paula Raymond in Crisis directed by Richard Brooks, 1950
Jack La Rue, Cary Grant and Benita Hume in Gambling Ship directed by Louis J. Gasnier and Max Garcin, 1933. Photo by John Springer
Jack La Rue, Cary Grant and Benita Hume in Gambling Ship directed by Louis J. Gasnier and Max Garcin, 1933. Photo by John Springer
Cary Grant and Jean Simmons in The Grass is Greener directed by Stanley Donen, 1960
Cary Grant and Jean Simmons in The Grass is Greener directed by Stanley Donen, 1960
Portrait of Cary Grant in Gunga Din directed by George Stevens, 1939
Portrait of Cary Grant in Gunga Din directed by George Stevens, 1939
Cary Grant in His Girl Friday directed by Howard Hawks, 1940
Cary Grant in His Girl Friday directed by Howard Hawks, 1940
Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy and Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday directed by Howard Hawks, 1940
Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy and Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday directed by Howard Hawks, 1940
Portrait of Cary Grant in Holiday directed by George Cukor, 1938
Portrait of Cary Grant in Holiday directed by George Cukor, 1938
Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in Holiday directed by George Cukor, 1938
Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in Holiday directed by George Cukor, 1938
Portrait of Cary Grant in I Was a Male War Bride directed by Howard Hawks, 1949
Portrait of Cary Grant in I Was a Male War Bride directed by Howard Hawks, 1949
Cary Grant and Mae West in I'm No Angel directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1933
Cary Grant and Mae West in I'm No Angel directed by Wesley Ruggles, 1933
Cary Grant and Edward Everett Horton in Ladies Should Listen directed by Frank Tuttle, 1934
Cary Grant and Edward Everett Horton in Ladies Should Listen directed by Frank Tuttle, 1934
Cary Grant and Marilyn Monroe in Monkey Business directed by Howard Hawks, 1952
Cary Grant and Marilyn Monroe in Monkey Business directed by Howard Hawks, 1952
Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint in North by  Northwest directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1959
Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint in North by Northwest directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1959
Cary Grant  in North by  Northwest directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1959
Cary Grant in North by Northwest directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1959
Cary Grant  in North by  Northwest directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1959
Cary Grant in North by Northwest directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1959
Portrait of Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman  in Notorious directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1946
Portrait of Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in Notorious directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1946
Portrait of Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman  in Notorious directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1946
Portrait of Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in Notorious directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1946
Portrait of Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman  in Notorious directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1946
Portrait of Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in Notorious directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1946
Claude Rains, Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman  in Notorious directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1946
Claude Rains, Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in Notorious directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1946
Portrait of Cary Grant in Notorious directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1946
Portrait of Cary Grant in Notorious directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1946
Portrait of Cary Grant in Only Angels Have Wings directed by Howard Hawks, 1939. Photo by John Springer
Portrait of Cary Grant in Only Angels Have Wings directed by Howard Hawks, 1939. Photo by John Springer
Portrait of Cary Grant in Suspicion directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1941
Portrait of Cary Grant in Suspicion directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1941
Cary Grant and Joan Fontain in Suspicion directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1941
Cary Grant and Joan Fontain in Suspicion directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1941
Cary Grant and Joan Fontain in Suspicion directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1941
Cary Grant and Joan Fontain in Suspicion directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1941
Cary Grant and Joan Fontain in Suspicion directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1941
Cary Grant and Joan Fontain in Suspicion directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1941
Portrait of Cary Grant and Jean Harlow in Suzy directed by George Fitzmaurice, 1936
Portrait of Cary Grant and Jean Harlow in Suzy directed by George Fitzmaurice, 1936
Portrait of Cary Grant in The Talk of the Town directed by George Stevens, 1942
Portrait of Cary Grant in The Talk of the Town directed by George Stevens, 1942
Portrait of Cary Grant and Thelma Todd in This is the Night directed by Franck Tutle, 1932
Portrait of Cary Grant and Thelma Todd in This is the Night directed by Franck Tutle, 1932
Portrait of Cary Grant and Grace Kelly for To Catch a Thief directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1955
Portrait of Cary Grant and Grace Kelly for To Catch a Thief directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1955
Portrait of Cary Grant and Grace Kelly for To Catch a Thief directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1955
Portrait of Cary Grant and Grace Kelly for To Catch a Thief directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1955
Portrait of Cary Grant and Myrna Loy in Only Angels Have Wings directed by Howard Hawks, 1939. Photo by John Springer
Portrait of Cary Grant and Myrna Loy in Only Angels Have Wings directed by Howard Hawks, 1939. Photo by John Springer
Cary Grant and Nancy Carroll in The Woman Accused directed by Paul Sloane, 1933
Cary Grant and Nancy Carroll in The Woman Accused directed by Paul Sloane, 1933
Portrait of Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby directed bi Howard hawks, 1938. Photo by Ernest A. Bachrach
Portrait of Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby directed bi Howard hawks, 1938. Photo by Ernest A. Bachrach
Portrait of Cary Grant  in Suspicion directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1941. Photo by Ernest A. Bachrach
Portrait of Cary Grant in Suspicion directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1941. Photo by Ernest A. Bachrach
Portrait of Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman  in Notorious directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1946. Photo by Ernest A. Bachrach
Portrait of Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in Notorious directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1946. Photo by Ernest A. Bachrach
Robert W. Coburn, Portrait of Cary Grant, 1935
Robert W. Coburn, Portrait of Cary Grant, 1935
Harry Benson, Cary Grant in Rain, April 1957
Harry Benson, Cary Grant in Rain, April 1957
Cary Grant realxing in Monte-Carlo, French Riviera, July 1939
Cary Grant realxing in Monte-Carlo, French Riviera, July 1939
Portrait of Cary Grant and Jean Harlow in Suzy directed by George Fitzmaurice, 1936
Portrait of Cary Grant and Jean Harlow in Suzy directed by George Fitzmaurice, 1936
Portrait of Cary Grant, 1940's
Portrait of Cary Grant, 1940's
Cary Grant, 1940's
Cary Grant, 1940's
Portrait of Cary Grant, 1940's
Portrait of Cary Grant, 1940's
Cary Grant in London, 1946
Cary Grant in London, 1946
Cary Grant, 1930's
Cary Grant, 1930's
Cary Grant, 1934
Cary Grant, 1934
Portrait of Cary Grant, 1940's
Portrait of Cary Grant, 1940's
Portrait of Cary Grant by Ted Allan, 1930's
Portrait of Cary Grant by Ted Allan, 1930's
Portrait of Cary Grant, 1940's
Portrait of Cary Grant, 1940's
Cary Grant, Raymond Massey and Peter Lorre in Arsenic and Old Lace directed by Frank Capra, 1944
Cary Grant, Raymond Massey and Peter Lorre in Arsenic and Old Lace directed by Frank Capra, 1944
Portrait of Cary Grant, 1930's
Portrait of Cary Grant, 1930's
Robert W. Coburn, Portrait of Cary Grant, 1935
Robert W. Coburn, Portrait of Cary Grant, 1935
Portrait of Cary Grant, 1930's
Portrait of Cary Grant, 1930's
Portrait of Cary Grant, 1940's
Portrait of Cary Grant, 1940's
Portrait of Cary Grant, 1940's
Portrait of Cary Grant, 1940's
Portrait of Cary Grant, 1940's
Portrait of Cary Grant, 1940's
Portrait of Cary Grant, 1950's
Portrait of Cary Grant, 1950's
Portrait of Cary Grant, 1940's
Portrait of Cary Grant, 1940's
Portrait of Cary Grant, 1935
Portrait of Cary Grant, 1935
Portrait of Cary Grant and Carole Lombard for In name only directed by John Cromwell, 1939
Portrait of Cary Grant and Carole Lombard for In name only directed by John Cromwell, 1939
Clarence Sinclair Bull,Portrait of Cary Grant, 1940
Clarence Sinclair Bull,Portrait of Cary Grant, 1940
Portrait of Cary Grant and Nancy Carroll in The Woman Accused directed by Paul Sloane, 1933
Portrait of Cary Grant and Nancy Carroll in The Woman Accused directed by Paul Sloane, 1933
Portrait of Cary Grant, 1940's
Portrait of Cary Grant, 1940's
Portrait of Cary Grant by John Engstead, 1930's
Portrait of Cary Grant by John Engstead, 1930's
Portrait of Cary Grant, 1940's
Portrait of Cary Grant, 1940's
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