Star Spotlight: Cary Grant

Cary Grant

Born Archibald Alexander Leach
Date of birth: January 18, 1904 (Bristol, England)
Date of death: November 29, 1986 (Davenport, Iowa)



First film role: This Is the Night (1932)
Final film role: Walk, Don’t Run (1966)

Best known for

…being chased by an airplane in Hitchcock’s North by Northwest

…having a handsome face and ultra-charming persona

…his screwball comedy roles alongside some of Hollywood’s greatest leading ladies, including Katharine Hepburn and Rosalind Russell

…his ability to perform well in both comedy and drama

Notable Awards

  • Two-time Oscar nominee (for 1944’s None But the Lonely Heart and 1941’s Penny Serenade)
  • Recipient of an honorary award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1970
  • BAFTA nominee for 1963’s Charade
  • Five-time Golden Globe nominee (for 1963’s Charade, 1962’s That Touch of Mink, 1960’s The Grass is Greener, 1959’s Operation Petticoat and 1958’s Indiscreet)
  • 3rd place in 1941’s “Best Actor” competition at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards for Penny Serenade
  • Star on the Walk of Fame awarded on February 8, 1960

More Cary on TMP
108th birthday tribute
DVD & film review: The Amazing Adventure
Dynamic Duos in Classic Film: Cary Grant and Joan Bennett
Favorite things about… Charade
Favorite things about… His Girl Friday
Favorite things about… Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
Favorite things about… My Favorite Wife
Make it a Marathon: 24 Hours of Cary Grant
Recommendation: Bringing Up Baby
Recommendation: She Done Him Wrong
Review: Born to Be Bad
Review: The Grass is Greener
Review: Kiss and Make Up
Review: Wings in the Dark

4 thoughts on “Star Spotlight: Cary Grant

  1. I remember the day he passed away…I was just getting into old movies, and was already a fan of his, after seeing North by Northwest, Gunga Din, and Penny Serenade; his picture was in the paper that day, and I cut it out and had it on my bulletin board for quite a long time. But I never knew he passed away in Davenport!


      1. Okay, that makes more sense…I didn’t think he actually lived there! And just think if we could’ve seen one of those shows, live! Oh well…at least we have all of his cool films to watch.


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