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Cary Grant (1904 – 1986)

Born: Archibald Alexander Leach
January 18, 1904

cary-grantOriginally a vaudeville and stage actor, Cary Grant became one of Hollywood’s leading, leading men. Born in the UK, Grant’s classic good looks, friendly manner and comedic talents are embodied in many of his films, including: She Done Him Wrong (1933); The Awful Truth (1937), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Gunga Din (1939), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), The Philadelphia Story (1940), His Girl Friday (1940), Notorious (1946), An Affair to Remember (1957), North by Northwest (1959), all of which are on the 1001 list. Best known for his effortless charm in lighthearted romantic comedies, Grant was only nominated twice for Best Actor, and was awarded an Honorary Oscar in 1970 for his life’s work (Klaus Ming January 2014).

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2 comments on “Cary Grant (1904 – 1986)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins
    01/05/2014

    I read an article once which pointed out that when Grant was playing a lower-class character, he would often give them a bit of swank, a bit of style. When playing an upper-class character, he would often go the other way. For example, I forget which picture it was (maybe Philadelphia Story or The Awful Truth), but he was a rich man in a swanky house, and at one point he sits down on the arm of a sofa, with his feet on one of the cushions.

  2. Klaus
    01/05/2014

    I hadn’t read that, but, yeah, I can see it. One of my favourite Golden Era Hollywood actors,

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