Cary Grant

British-American actor (1904–1986)

Cary Grant (January 18, 1904 - November 29, 1986), born as Archibald Alexander Leach[4] in Bristol, United Kingdom, was an English-American actor. He was known for his Mid-Atlantic accent, debonair demeanor, light-hearted approach to acting, and sense of comic timing. He was one of classic Hollywood's definitive leading men from the 1930s until the mid-1960s. [5] He starred in many movies, including 1959's North by Northwest.[6]

Cary Grant
Grant in 1941
Archibald Alexander Leach

(1904-01-18)January 18, 1904
DiedNovember 29, 1986(1986-11-29) (aged 82)
Cause of deathCerebral hemorrhage
Resting placeCremated[1]
Other namesArchie Leach
EducationBishop Road Primary School
Fairfield Grammar School
  • Actor
  • businessman
Years active1932–1966
Spouse(s)Virginia Cherrill (1934–1935)
Barbara Hutton (1943–1945)
Betsy Drake (1949–1962)
Dyan Cannon (1965–1968)
Barbara Harris (1981–1986)
PartnerMaureen Donaldson (1973–1977)[2][3]
ChildrenJennifer Grant (born 1966)
AwardsAcademy Honorary Award (1970) For his unique mastery of the art of screen acting with the respect and affection of his colleagues.
Kennedy Center Honors (1981)

Grant became an American citizen in 1942.[7] At that time, he legally changed his name to "Cary Grant."[7] He died of a stroke on November 29, 1986. His body was cremated.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Cary Grant's Body Cremated In California" Archived 2014-04-07 at the Wayback Machine. Orlando Sentinel, December 2, 1986.
  2. van Matre, Lynn (April 10, 1989). "The Unseen Faces of Cary Grant". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, Illinois. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  3. Abrams, Garry (March 24, 1989). "Shadows on a Legend: Cary Grant's Image as the Perfect Hollywood Heartthrob is Sullied in Two Competing New Books Portraying a Darker Side to the Star". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  4. His middle name was recorded as "Alec" on birth records, although he later used the more formal "Alexander" on his naturalization application form in 1942.
  5. McCann, Graham (1997). Cary Grant: A Class Apart. London: Fourth Estate. p. 13. ISBN 978-1-85702-574-3.
  6. Higham, Charles; Moseley, Roy (1990). Cary Grant: The Lonely Heart. Avon Books. p. 277. ISBN 978-0-380-71009-6.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Nelson, Nancy (2002). Evenings with Cary Grant: Recollections in His Own Words and by Those Who Knew Him Best. Citadel Press. p. 290. ISBN 978-0-8065-2412-2.

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