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Cary Grant
Birthday: January 18, 1904

Birth Place: Horfield, Bristol, England, UK
Height: 6' 1"

Below is a complete filmography (list of movies he's appeared in) for Cary Grant. If you have any corrections or additions, please email us at corrections@actorsofhollywood.com. We'd also be interested in any trivia or other information you have.



British-born actor Cary Grant (born Archibald Leach) escaped his humble Bristol environs and unstable home life by joining an acrobatic troupe, where he became a stilt-walker. Numerous odd jobs kept him going until he tried acting, and, after moving to the United States, he managed to lose his accent, developing a clipped mid-Atlantic speaking style uniquely his own. After acting in Broadway musicals, Grant was signed in 1932 by Paramount Pictures to be built into leading-man material. His real name would never do for marquees, so the studio took the first initials of their top star Gary Cooper, reversed them, then filled in the "C" and "G" to come up with Cary Grant. After a year of nondescript roles, Grant was selected by Mae West to be her leading man in She Done Him Wrong (1933) and I'm No Angel(1934). A bit stiff-necked but undeniably sexy, Grant vaulted to stardom, though Paramount continued wasting his potential in second rate films. Free at last from his Paramount obligations in 1935, Grant vowed never to be strictly bound to any one studio again, so he signed a dual contract with Columbia and RKO that allowed him to choose any "outside" roles he pleased. Sylvia Scarlett (1936) was the first film to fully demonstrate Grant's inspired comic flair, which would be utilized to the utmost in such knee-slappers as The Awful Truth (1937), Bringing Up Baby (1938), His Girl Friday (1939), and The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer (1947). (Only in Arsenic and Old Lace [1941] did he overplay his hand and lapse into mugging.) The actor was also accomplished at straight drama, as evidenced in Only Angels Have Wings (1939), Destination Tokyo (1942), Crisis (1950), and in his favorite role as an irresponsible cockney in None but the Lonely Heart (1942), for which Grant was nominated for an Oscar — he didn't win, although he was awarded a special Oscar for career achievement in 1970. Off-stage, most of Grant's co-workers had nothing but praise for his craftsmanship and willingness to work with co-stars rather than at them. Among Grant's yea-sayers was director Alfred Hitchcock, who cast the actor in three of his best films, most notably the quintessential Hitchcock thriller North by Northwest (1959). Seemingly growing handsomer and more charming as he got older, Grant retained his stardom into the 1960s, enriching himself with lucrative percentage-of-profits deals on such box-office hits as Operation Petticoat (1959) and Charade (1964). Upon completing Walk, Don't Run in 1966, Grant decided he was through with filmmaking — and he meant it. Devoting his remaining years to an executive position at a major cosmetics firm, Grant never appeared on a TV talk show and seldom granted newspaper interviews. In the 1980s, however, he became restless, and decided to embark on a nationwide lecture tour, confining himself exclusively to small towns in which the residents might otherwise never have the chance to see a Hollywood superstar in person. It was while preparing to lecture in Davenport, IA, that the 82-year-old Cary Grant suffered a sudden and fatal stroke in 1986.

Movie Credits
Walk Don't Run (1966)
[ George Takei ]
Father Goose (1964)
Charade (1963)
[ Walter Matthau ][ George Kennedy ]
That Touch of Mink (1962)
[ John Astin ][ John Fiedler ]
The Grass Is Greener (1960)
[ Robert Mitchum ]
Operation Petticoat (1959)
[ Tony Curtis ]
North by Northwest (1959)
[ Alfred Hitchcock ][ Martin Landau ][ James Mason ]
Houseboat (1958)
[ Werner Klemperer ]
Indiscreet (1958)
Kiss Them for Me (1957)
[ Ray Walston ][ Harry Carey Jr. ][ Werner Klemperer ]
The Pride and the Passion (1957)
An Affair to Remember (1957)
To Catch a Thief (1955)
[ Alfred Hitchcock ]
Dream Wife (1953)
[ Dabbs Greer ]
Room for One More (1952)
[ Dabbs Greer ]
Monkey Business (1952)
[ Harry Carey Jr. ][ Dabbs Greer ]
People Will Talk (1951)
[ Hume Cronyn ]
Crisis (1950)
[ Ramon Novarro ]
I Was a Male War Bride (1949)
Every Girl Should Be Married (1948)
[ Edward Albert ][ Eddie Albert ]
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)
[ Lex Barker ]
The Bishop's Wife (1947)
[ Billy Wilder ][ David Niven ]
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)
Notorious (1946)
[ Alfred Hitchcock ][ Claude Rains ]
Night and Day (1946)
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
[ Peter Lorre ]
None But the Lonely Heart (1944)
Once Upon a Time (1944)
Destination Tokyo (1943)
Mr. Lucky (1943)
The Talk of the Town (1942)
Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942)
Suspicion (1941)
[ Alfred Hitchcock ][ Alma Reville ]
Penny Serenade (1941)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
[ Katharine Hepburn ][ James Stewart ]
The Howards of Virginia (1940)
[ Peter Cushing ][ Alan Ladd ]
My Favorite Wife (1940)
[ Randolph Scott ]
His Girl Friday (1940)
[ Ralph Bellamy ]
In Name Only (1939)
Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
Gunga Din (1939)
[ Richard Farnsworth ]
Holiday (1938)
[ Katharine Hepburn ]
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
[ Katharine Hepburn ][ Ward Bond ]
The Awful Truth (1937)
[ Ralph Bellamy ]
The Toast of New York (1937)
Topper (1937)
[ Ward Bond ]
When You're in Love (1937)
Wedding Present (1936)
The Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss (1936)
Suzy (1936)
Big Brown Eyes (1936)
Sylvia Scarlett (1935)
[ Katharine Hepburn ]
The Last Outpost (1935)
[ Claude Rains ]
Wings in the Dark (1935)
Enter Madame (1935)
Ladies Should Listen (1934)
Kiss and Make Up (1934)
Born to Be Bad (1934)
Thirty Day Princess (1934)
The Woman Accused (1933)
She Done Him Wrong (1933)
Alice in Wonderland (1933)
[ Gary Cooper ][ Billy Barty ]
I'm No Angel (1933)
Gambling Ship (1933)
The Eagle and the Hawk (1933)
Madame Butterfly (1932)
Hot Saturday (1932)
[ Randolph Scott ]
Blonde Venus (1932)
Devil and the Deep (1932)
[ Gary Cooper ][ Charles Laughton ]
Merrily We Go to Hell (1932)
Singapore Sue (1932)
Sinners in the Sun (1932)
This Is the Night (1932)


  • Ranked #7 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
  • His only child is Jennifer Grant whose mother is Dyan Cannon
  • Ian Fleming modeled the James Bond character partially with Grant in mind.
  • Suffered a major stroke prior to performing in his one man show "An Evening With Cary Grant" at the Adler Theater in Davenport Iowa on November 28, 1986. Died later that night at St. Luke's Hospital at 11:22 p.m.
  • From 1933 onwards, he occasionally shared a house with Randolph Scott. There were many rumors about their relationship. Scott often referred to himself, jokingly, as Grant's wife. Many studio heads threatened not to employ them unless they lived separately.
  • Ashes scattered in California, USA.
  • He gave his entire fee for The Philadelphia Story (1940) to the British war effort.
  • He once phoned hotel mogul Conrad Hilton in Istanbul, Turkey, to find out why his breakfast order at the Plaza Hotel, which called for muffins, came with only one and a half English muffins instead of two. When Grant insisted that the explanation (a hotel efficiency report had found that most people ate only three of the four halves brought to them) still resulted in being cheated out of a half, the Plaza Hotel changed its policy and began serving two complete muffins with breakfast. From then on, Grant often spoke of forming an English Muffin-Lovers Society, members of which would be required to report any hotel or restaurant that listed muffins on the menu and then served fewer than two.
  • Turned down the role of James Bond in Dr. No (1962), believing himself to be too old at 58 to play the character.
  • Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#22). [1995]
  • Donated his entire salary for Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) (0,000) to the U.S. War Relief Fund.
  • Refused the part of Humbert in Lolita (1962).
  • He never said "Judy, Judy, Judy" in the movies, but he did say "Susan, Susan, Susan" in Bringing Up Baby (1938).
  • Was a great fan of Elvis Presley, and attended his Las Vegas shows.
  • On American Film Institute's list of top 100 U.S. love stories, compiled in June 2002, Grant led all actors with six of his films on the list. His An Affair to Remember (1957) was ranked #5; followed by: #44 The Philadelphia Story (1940) #46 To Catch a Thief (1955) #51 Bringing Up Baby (1938) #77 The Awful Truth (1937) #86 Notorious (1946)
  • Pictured on a 37¢ USA commemorative postage stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series, issued 15 October 2002.
  • Grant, who was 59 at the time he filmed the romantic thriller Charade (1963), felt he was too old to play the love interest for Audrey Hepburn, who was 25 years younger. He demanded that the script make clear that it was Audrey pursuing him, not vice versa. He also added a number of wry jokes denoting the difference in age.
  • Turned down roles opposite Audrey Hepburn in both Roman Holiday (1953) and Sabrina (1954), later he starred with her in "Charade". In Roman Holiday (1953), the offered role ended up going to Gregory Peck, and the role in Sabrina (1954) went to Humphrey Bogart.
  • Although he became a Paramount contract player early in his film career, when the contract was up, he made an unusual decision for the time: he decided to freelance. Because his films were so successful at the box office, he was able to work at any studio he chose for the majority of his career.
  • Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 191-193. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
  • Thanks mainly to the strength and physical dexterity he gained as an acrobat when he was young, he did a majority of his own stunts during his film career (far more than people would think).
  • Douglas Fairbanks was his boyhood idol, with Fairbanks' "healthy" tan being the inspiration for Grant's constantly dark skin.
  • He remained close to Barbara Hutton's son after their divorce. The boy regularly stayed with Grant on some weekends. Grant referred to him as his son and was devastated when he died in a plane crash.
  • People were surprised by his retirement in 1966 and, despite the attempts of directors as important as Howard Hawks, Billy Wilder, & even Stanley Kubrick to get him out of retirement and into their films, he never worked again.
  • Paramount Studios named him Cary Grant while he began his film career, because the similarity of the name to Gary Cooper, their biggest male star, (C.G. being an inversion of G.C.) and possibly because Clark Gable had the same initials. Gable and Cooper were born with their last names, however, with Grant having been born Archibald Leach.
  • Was named #2 on The Greatest Screen Legends actor list by the American Film Institute.
  • According to his will (dated 26th November 1984), his body was to be cremated and no funeral service held. His ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean.
  • He was voted the 6th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
  • The late Christopher Reeve said that he based his portrayal of Clark Kent in the Superman films on Grant in the early part of his career.
  • In His Girl Friday (1940), his character remarks, "The last man who messed with me was Archie Leach", a reference to his real name.
  • Was hyperopic or "far-sighted." That is why in many publicity stills, he is seen holding a pair of glasses.
  • John Cleese's character in A Fish Called Wanda (1988) was named "Archie Leach" after Grant's real name.
  • Was largely self-educated as he had dropped out of school at age 14. He was, however, a voracious reader throughout life.
  • Comedy director Leo McCarey accused him of ripping off his persona during the time that they shot The Awful Truth (1937) and using it as his own to become world-famous. What McCarey failed to notice was that many aspects of Cary's image were already developed in Sylvia Scarlett (1935) an otherwise poor Katharine Hepburn-George Cukor picture made 2 years before "The Awful Truth," and that his comic timing and versatility as an actor were all his own. Although ill at ease about it, they collaborated again several times.
  • Often spoke of his relationship with Sophia Loren as one of the most passionate romances in his life.
  • Was still in love with Loren when it came time for them to film "Houseboat" (1958). She went to director Melville Shavelson, in tears, complaining that Grant was chasing her again - she had told Grant she was in love with Ponti, but he didn't believe her.
  • Fell madly in love with Sophia Loren while filming The Pride and the Passion (1957), despite the fact that he was married to actress Betsy Drake. However, Loren was seriously involved with producer Carlo Ponti, and her passion fizzled when the film wrapped.
  • When Sophia Loren visited Los Angeles during the filming of "An Affair to Remember (1957)_ , Grant inundated her with dozens of phone calls and hundreds of flowers - even though she had called the affair off.
  • Participated in an experimental psychotherapy program in which he was prescribed LSD. Betsy Drake encouraged him to take the drug (as part of a medical experiment), as he wanted to examine his failed marriages. He underwent about 100 sessions, and said that he benefited greatly from them.
  • He was voted the Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.
  • Maintained a year-round suntan to avoid wearing make up.
  • Became the director of Fabergé cosmetics firm in 1966.
  • Alfred Hitchcock once toyed with the idea of casting him as Hamlet (in what would have been a modern-dress film version of Shakespeare's play), but he never got around to it.
  • In 1957, he accepted the Oscar for "Best Actress in a Leading Role" on behalf of Ingrid Bergman, who wasn't present at the awards ceremony
  • Is portrayed by John Gavin in Sophia Loren: Her Own Story (1980) (TV) and by Michael-John Wolfe in The Aviator (2004)
  • Replaced James Stewart as the hapless ad man Roger Thornhill in North By Northwest (1959). Stewart very much wanted the part, but director Alfred Hitchcock decided not to cast him because of the box office failure of Vertigo (1958), which Hitchcock unfairly blamed on Stewart for looking "too old" and chose Grant instead. In reality, Grant was four years older than Stewart.
  • Was the original choice to play Rupert Cadell in Rope (1948), but he was unavailable, so the part went to James Stewart instead (whom Grant would later replace as the lead in North By Northwest (1959)). Rope (1948) features references to Grant and the earlier Hitchcock film he appeared in, Notorious (1946) with Ingrid Bergman.
  • Introduced First Lady Betty Ford at the Republican National Convention in 1976.
  • On April 18 1947, King George VI awarded Grant the King's Medal for Service in the Cause of Freedom, citing his "outstanding service to the British War Relief Society."
  • His performance as T.R. Devlin in "Notorious" (1946) is ranked #16 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
  • His performance as Dr. David Huxley in "Bringing Up Baby" (1938) is ranked #68 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
  • His favorite after-shave was Aqua DePalma
  • When his daughter Jennifer was born, he gave wife Dyan Cannon a diamond and sapphire bracelet as a keepsake.
  • He had one of his daughter Jennifer's first baby teeth encased in Lucite.
  • Writer Sidney Sheldon used Grant as the prototype for Rhys Williams, a character in the novel "Bloodline."
  • One of his favorite poems was a bit of doggerel: "They bought me a box of tin soldiers,/I threw all the Generals away,/I smashed up the Sergents and Majors,/Now I play with my Privates all day."
  • He was a big baseball fan, originally supporting the New York Giants and then the L.A. Dodgers.
  • At one time he owned a Sealyham terrier called Archie Leach.
  • He became an American Citizen on June 26, 1942, under naturalization certificate #5502057.
  • As a child he had a fear of knives and a fear of heights.
  • He always wore a gold chain around his neck with three charms attached. The three charms represented the religions of each of his former wives: a St. Christopher for Virginia Cherrill (Roman Catholic), a small cross for Barbara Hutton and Betsy Drake (Protestants), and a Star of David for Dyan Cannon (Jewish. (Donaldson)
  • Was considered one of the best-dressed men in the United States of America. George Francis Frazier, Jr., in "The Art of Wearing Clothes" (published in 'Esquire' magazine, September 1960), wrote "Although Grant, who is fifty-six, favors such abominations as large tie knots and claims to have originated the square-style breast-pocket handkerchief, he is so extraordinarily attractive that he looks good in practically anything. He insists upon tight armholes in his suit jackets, finds the most comfortable (and functional) of all underwear to be women's nylon panties." Other best-dressed American men cited in the article were Miles Davis, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Clark Gable and Walter Pidgeon.
  • If you look closely at his teeth, you'll find that he only has one incisor (front tooth). Apparently when he was a boy he knocked out a tooth while ice skating. Rather than get into trouble with his father, he opted to go to a nearby dental college and have them gradually push his other teeth together to fill in the gap. Only one person (an eagle-eyed cinematographer) ever noticed and mentioned it to him. It's described in depth in the book "Evenings with Cary Grant".
  • Hated his performance in Arsenic And Old Lace (1944), saying it was way too over the top and that it was his least favorite film.
  • Was the only actor Alfred Hitchcock was said to "love." Hitch said that James Stewart was the "everyman", but never cast Stewart after Vertigo (1958) flopped, which he blamed on Stewart now looking too old to draw in the crowds.
  • Initally accepted his role in Houseboat (1958) because he was dating Sophia Loren, whom he was madly in love with. After she went and married someone else, Cary, heartbroken, wanted to back out. He couldn't, but the director made sure the production was a smooth one.
  • Initially refused Stanley Donen's offer to appear in Charade (1963), but-realizing that it was a great part-accepted it after a while. He made one stipulation: Audrey Hepburn had to chase him, not visa-versa.
  • Was very hurt when he lost his two Academy Award nominations, particularly None But the Lonely Heart (1944), which he thought was his best performance. This is why he was so excited when he accepted his Honarary Academy Award in 1970.
  • Said Indiscreet (1958), to be his personal favorite film.
  • He gave serious consideration to retiring in 1953, because he believed the success of Marlon Brando and Method acting meant his own kind of acting was a thing of the past. Two years later he was lured back to make To Catch a Thief (1955), and therefore delayed his retirement until 1966.
  • Maintained good physical health until becoming ill with high blood pressure in the late 1970s. In October 1984 he suffered a minor stroke, which limited his appearances thereafter.
  • Received Kennedy Center honors in November 1981. President Ronald Reagan wrote how pleased he was to be able to honor his friend, while Grant stated that he was glad James Stewart was at the ceremony.

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