Cary Grant


Cary Grant (born Archibald Alec Leach; January 18, 1904 – November 29, 1986) was an English-born American actor, known as one of classic Hollywood’s definitive leading men. He was known for his transatlantic accent, debonair demeanor, light-hearted approach to acting, and sense of comic timing. He was born in Horfield, Bristol. He became attracted to theater at a young age and began performing with a troupe known as “The Penders” at age six. At the age of 16, he went as a stage performer with the Pender Troupe for a tour of the US. After a series of successful performances in New York City, he decided to stay there. He established a name for himself in vaudeville in the 1920s and toured the United States before moving to Hollywood in the early 1930s.

Grant initially appeared in crime films or dramas such as Blonde Venus (1932) with Marlene Dietrich and She Done Him Wrong (1933) with Mae West, but later gained renown for his performances in romantic and screwball comedies such as Leo McCarey‘s The Awful Truth (1937) with Irene Dunne, Howard Hawks‘s Bringing Up Baby (1938) with Katharine Hepburn, His Girl Friday (1940) and George Cukor‘s The Philadelphia Story (1940) with Hepburn and James Stewart, often with some of the biggest female stars of the day. These films are frequently cited among the greatest comedy films of all time. Other well-known films in which he starred in this period were the adventure Gunga Din (1939) and Frank Capra‘s dark comedy Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), with Priscilla Lane. He also began to move into dramas such as Only Angels Have Wings (1939), co-starring Jean Arthur and Rita Hayworth; Penny Serenade (1941) and Clifford Odets’ None but the Lonely Heart (1944); he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for the latter two.

During the 1940s and 1950s, Grant developed a close working relationship with director Alfred Hitchcock, who cast the popular actor in several of his critically acclaimed films, including Suspicion (1941), Notorious (1946), To Catch a Thief (1955), co-starring Grace Kelly; and North by Northwest (1959). The suspense-dramas Suspicion and Notorious both involved Grant showing a darker, more ambiguous nature in his characters. Toward the end of his film career, Grant was praised by critics as a romantic leading man, and he received five nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, including Indiscreet (1958) with Ingrid Bergman, That Touch of Mink (1962) with Doris Day, and Charade (1963) with Audrey Hepburn. He is remembered by critics for his unusually broad appeal as a handsome, suave actor who did not take himself too seriously, able to play with his own dignity in comedies without sacrificing it entirely.

Grant was married five times, three of them elopements with actresses Virginia Cherrill (1934–1935), Betsy Drake (1949–1962), and Dyan Cannon (1965–1968). He retired from film acting in 1966 and pursued numerous business interests, representing cosmetics firm Fabergé and sitting on the board of MGM. He was presented with an Honorary Oscar by his friend Frank Sinatra at the 42nd Academy Awards in 1970, and he was accorded the Kennedy Center Honors in 1981. He died five years later from a stroke in Davenport, Iowa. In 1999, the American Film Institute named him the second greatest male star of Golden Age Hollywood cinema trailing only Humphrey Bogart.

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • This Is the Night (1932) – directed by Frank Tuttle
  • Sinners in the Sun (1932) – directed by Alexander Hall
  • Singapore Sue (1932) – directed by Casey Robinson – uncredited- short
  • Merrily We Go to Hell (1932) – directed by Dorothy Arzner
  • Devil and the Deep (1932) – directed by Marion Gering
  • Blonde Venus (1932) – directed by Josef von Sternberg
  • Hot Saturday (1932) – directed by William A. Seiter
  • Madame Butterfly (1932) – directed by Marion Gering
  • She Done Him Wrong (1933) – directed by Lowell Sherman
  • The Woman Accused (1933) – directed by Paul Sloane
  • The Eagle and the Hawk (1933) – directed by Stuart Walker & Mitchell Leisen
  • Gambling Ship (1933) – directed by Louis J. Gasnier & Max Marcin
  • I’m No Angel (1933) – directed by Wesley Ruggles
  • Alice in Wonderland (1933) – directed by Norman Z. McLeod
  • Born to Be Bad (1934) – directed by Lowell Sherman
  • Thirty Day Princess (1934) – directed by Marion Gering
  • Kiss and Make-Up (1934) – directed by
  • Harlan Thompson
  • Ladies Should Listen (1934) – directed by Frank Tuttle
  • Enter Madame! (1935) – directed by Elliott Nugent
  • Wings in the Dark (1935) – directed by James Flood
  • The Last Outpost (1935) – directed by Charles Barton & Louis J. Gasnier
  • Pirate Party on Catalina Isle (1935) – uncredited – short
  • Sylvia Scarlett (1935) – directed by George Cukor
  • Big Brown Eyes (1936) – directed by Raoul Walsh
  • Suzy (1936) – directed by George Fitzmaurice
  • The Amazing Adventure (1936) – directed by Alfred Zeisler
  • Wedding Present (1936) – directed by Richard Wallace
  • When You’re in Love (1937) – directed by Robert Riskin & Harry Lachman (uncredited)
  • Topper (1937) – directed by Norman Z. McLeod
  • The Toast of New York (1937) – directed by Rowland V. Lee
  • The Awful Truth (1937) – directed by Leo McCarey
  • Bringing Up Baby (1938) – directed by Howard Hawks
  • Holiday (1938) – directed by George Cukor
  • Gunga Din (1939) – directed by George Stevens
  • Only Angels Have Wings (1939) – directed by Howard Hawks
  • In Name Only (1939) – directed by John Cromwell
  • His Girl Friday (1940) – directed by Howard Hawks
  • My Favorite Wife (1940) – directed by Garson Kanin
  • The Howards of Virginia (1940) – directed by Frank Lloyd
  • The Philadelphia Story (1940)** – directed by George Cukor
  • Penny Serenade (1941) – directed by George Stevens
  • Suspicion (1941) – directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  • The Talk of the Town (1942) – directed by George Stevens
  • Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942) – directed by Leo McCarey
  • Mr. Lucky (1943) – directed by H.C. Potter
  • Destination Tokyo (1943) – directed by Delmer Daves
  • The Shining Future (1944) – short
  • Once Upon a Time (1944) – directed by Alexander Hall
  • The Road to Victory (1944) – uncredited – short
  • Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) – directed by Frank Capra
  • None But the Lonely Heart (1944) – directed by Clifford Odets
  • Without Reservations (1946) – directed by Mervyn LeRoy – uncredited cameo
  • Night and Day (1946) – directed by Michael Curtiz
  • Notorious (1946) – directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  • The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947) – directed by Irving Reis
  • The Bishop’s Wife (1947) – directed by Henry Koster
  • Mr. Brandings Builds His Dream House (1948) – directed by H.C. Potter
  • Every Girl Should Be Married (1948) – directed by Don Hartman
  • I Was a Male War Bride (1949) – directed by Howard Hawks
  • Crisis (1950) – directed by Richard Brooks
  • People Will Talk (1951) – directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • Room for One More (1952) – directed by Norman Taurog
  • Monkey Business (1952) – directed by Howard Hawks
  • Dream Wife (1953) – directed by Sidney Sheldon
  • To Catch a Thief (1955)** – directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  • The Pride and the Passion (1957) – directed by Stanley Kramer
  • An Affair to Remember (1957) – directed by Leo McCarey
  • Kiss Them for Me (1957) – directed by Stanley Donen
  • Indiscreet (1958) – directed by Stanley Donen
  • Houseboat (1958) – directed by Melville Shavelson
  • North by Northwest (1959) – directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  • Operation Petticoat (1959) – directed by Blake Edwards
  • The Grass Is Greener (1960) – directed by Stanley Donen
  • That Touch of Mink (1962) – directed by Delbert Mann
  • Charade (1963) – directed by Stanley Donen
  • Father Goose (1964) – directed by
  • Ralph Nelson
  • Walk Don’t Run (1966) – directed by Charles Walters