Biography of Cary Grant (1904-1986)

Cary Grant.

American actor, born in Bristol (United Kingdom) on January 18, 1904, and died in Davenport (Iowa) on November 29, 1986. His real name was Archibald Alexander Leach.

He worked in a company of acrobats and itinerant comedians during his youth, that he/she moved to United States in 1920. There he/she continued with its activity, before the attention of the executives of the major film studios. Towards the end of the 1920s he/she began to get small roles, which were gradually giving to meet in the middle.

Producer B. P. Schulberg, as director general of Paramount Pictures, decided to give it a larger opportunity. For many years he/she was a handsome, but secondary, gallant charge to respond to various actresses, who were the real stars of the movie. However, her performance in La blonde Venus (1932) with Marlene Dietrich, allowed him to show that he/she was a personality that was beyond the scope of pure physical attraction, acting with a great safety and efficacy. The exuberant and sassy Mae West was another of his supporters (Lady Lou, Lowel Sherman, and No I am no angel, Wesley Ruggles, both of 1933). Nevertheless and still with a few exceptions, it still had to continue long enough giving the replica actresses who served as opponent.

At the end of the thirty years his work was already much more valued. His performances in films such as the beast of my girl (1938), Howard Hawks, or stories of Philadelphia (1940), George Cukor, who had already led him before, began to carve him a place among the greatest of Hollywood. They were works that although they had a value for themselves, the performance of Grant contributed to powerfully accentuate its appeal. It was especially a film couple, along with Katharine Hepburn, who gave excellent results at the box office.

When he/she told a joke or made a comic scene, the public felt that in reality was a serious man, which basically needed to laugh away if any strange feeling. This way of acting was the essence of only angels have wings (1939), also hawks, where embodied a head of pilots working in Latin America. With the same director he/she worked in an excellent comedy as new moon (1940), in which played the editor in Chief of the newspaper that covers the news of death, but that has to be resolved at the same time their differences with his ex-wife, reporter in the same Rotary.

It was Alfred Hitchcock, who could see his most peculiar facets and that perceived, with greater insight, the mood of seriousness that was hiding behind his fun and comical appearance. Suspicion (1941), and notorious (1946), were two of the best work in common, especially so the director was able to glimpse in the actor. It was also Hitchcock who gave him the opportunity to embody to Roger Thornhill in with death on the heels (1959), one of the works with more personality and mystery of the director, who with appearance of film fun and adventures, is actually a strange moral tale, with many more readings of what supposed at first glance. Grant made a memorable work in his character.

He continued to work and always at a featured level, but already without producing outstanding performances, until in 1963 and after being greatest in the interesting charade, Stanleydonen, left the cinema and only made very sporadic appearances.

Cary Grant was a player out of series, with a charm and very special appeal, where the elegance was not exempt from a point of hardness, which went beyond the condition of galan many awarded him. Although his talent and quality of a good number of films in which are beyond doubt, failed to ever the Oscar for a particular title. In 1970, the Academy of Hollywood gave one as recognition throughout his career.

A fascinating biography of Galán, entitled Cary Grant was published in December 2004: A biography and signed by Marc Eliot, in which the author gives a review throughout his career and takes off in the light a little dark aspects of his biography.


1931: This is the night. 1932: Sinners without mask; Yours forever; Between the sword and the wall; The blonde venus; Saturday's spree; Madame Butterfly. 1933: lady Lou; The accused woman; The Eagle and the Hawk; Casino of the sea; I'm not an angel; Alice in the country of the wonders. 1934: Princess for a month; Born to Be Bad; The Temple of the beautiful; Attention ladies! 1935: My husband is married; Wings in the night; The last outpost. 1936: The great adventure of Silvia; Big Brown Eyes; Suzy; Wedding Present; Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss; Prelude to love. 1937: An invisible partner; The idol of New York; The impish Puritan. 1938: The beast of my child; The invisible partner sports; Live to enjoy. 1939: Gunga Din; Only angels have wings; Two women and a love. 1940: New moon; My favourite wife; The Howards of Virginia; Philadelphia stories. 1941: Nostalgic Serenade; Suspicion. 1942: The topic of the day; There was a honeymoon. 1943: Mister Lucky; Destination Tokyo. 1944: Once upon a time; Arsenic out of compassion; The eternal pretender; A heart in danger. 1946: Night and day; It happened on the train; Chained. 1947: The Bachelor and the minor; The wife of the Bishop. 1948: The Blandings already have House; In search of a husband. 1949: The bride was it. 1950: Crisis. 1951: People Will Talk. 1952: Home, sweet home; I feel to rejuvenate. 1953: The dream woman. 1955: Catch a thief. 1957: Pride and passion; You and I; Kiss them for me. 1958: Indiscreet; Cintia. 1959: Death on the heels; Pacific operation. 1960: Blank page. 1962: Soft as mink. 1963: Charade. 1964: operation Whisky. 1966: Apartment for three.


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