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Cary Grant

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Original Name
Archibald Alexander Alec Leach
Birth
Horfield, Bristol Unitary Authority, Bristol, England
Death
29 Nov 1986 (aged 82)
Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, USA
Burial
Cremated, Ashes scattered. Specifically: Ashes scattered in California Add to Map
Memorial ID
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Actor. He was one of two boys born to impoverished parents in Bristol, England, on January 18, 1904; the other was his brother John, who died as a child. When he was nine years old, his mother was sent to an asylum for the insane to deal with her grief over the loss of her son John, a fact he was unaware of until he was in his 20s. He left school at the age of 14, lying about his age and forging his father's signature to join Bob Pender's troupe as a mime, acrobat, and juggler. He toured the United States with seven other members of the troupe in 1920. He left the troupe and stayed in America, playing several minor stage roles until traveling to California in 1931 for a screen test at Paramount Pictures, becoming Cary Grant. His first film role was "This is the Night" in 1932. When his contract with Paramount expired, he became independent, choosing his own scripts for what was to become a string of comedic hits, including "Bringing Up Baby," "His Girl Friday," and "The Philadelphia Story." He was a favorite of director Sir Alfred Hitchcock, starring in four of his films: "North By Northwest," "Notorious," "Suspicion," and "To Catch A Thief." Though he was nominated twice for Best Actor, his only Academy Award was an Honorary Oscar in 1970. Married five times, his only child was a daughter, Jennifer, by his marriage to actress Dyan Cannon. He retired from films in 1966 soon after the birth of his daughter; his final film was "Walk, Don't Run."

He became a very successful businessman, serving on the Board of Directors of such firms as Faberge, Western Airlines, and MGM. He died on November 29, 1986, in Davenport, Iowa, while on a successful lecture tour, "An Audience with Cary Grant." In 2023, Dyan Cannon was the Executive Producer of a British television drama series, "Archie," about his life.

Actor. He was one of two boys born to impoverished parents in Bristol, England, on January 18, 1904; the other was his brother John, who died as a child. When he was nine years old, his mother was sent to an asylum for the insane to deal with her grief over the loss of her son John, a fact he was unaware of until he was in his 20s. He left school at the age of 14, lying about his age and forging his father's signature to join Bob Pender's troupe as a mime, acrobat, and juggler. He toured the United States with seven other members of the troupe in 1920. He left the troupe and stayed in America, playing several minor stage roles until traveling to California in 1931 for a screen test at Paramount Pictures, becoming Cary Grant. His first film role was "This is the Night" in 1932. When his contract with Paramount expired, he became independent, choosing his own scripts for what was to become a string of comedic hits, including "Bringing Up Baby," "His Girl Friday," and "The Philadelphia Story." He was a favorite of director Sir Alfred Hitchcock, starring in four of his films: "North By Northwest," "Notorious," "Suspicion," and "To Catch A Thief." Though he was nominated twice for Best Actor, his only Academy Award was an Honorary Oscar in 1970. Married five times, his only child was a daughter, Jennifer, by his marriage to actress Dyan Cannon. He retired from films in 1966 soon after the birth of his daughter; his final film was "Walk, Don't Run."

He became a very successful businessman, serving on the Board of Directors of such firms as Faberge, Western Airlines, and MGM. He died on November 29, 1986, in Davenport, Iowa, while on a successful lecture tour, "An Audience with Cary Grant." In 2023, Dyan Cannon was the Executive Producer of a British television drama series, "Archie," about his life.

Bio by: Kristen Conrad



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  • Added: Apr 25, 1998
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/1667/cary-grant: accessed ), memorial page for Cary Grant (18 Jan 1904–29 Nov 1986), Find a Grave Memorial ID 1667; Cremated, Ashes scattered; Maintained by Find a Grave.