Creator / Cary Grant

"Everybody wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant."
Cary Grant on Cary Grant

Archibald Alexander Leach (January 18, 1904 November 29, 1986) was a handsome and athletic, if fairly typical, English bloke. Following the bizarre (and bizarrely literalnote ) loss of his mother at an early age, he ran away from home and went into acting. After a stint touring Britain, he crossed the Atlantic to Broadway and from there ended up in Hollywood, which projected him onto the silver screen as Cary Grant, the 20th Century's screen epitome of suave sophistication.

In a career that spanned thirty years, some of his more famous films were the screwball comedies His Girl Friday, Arsenic and Old Lace and Bringing Up Baby, the comedy-soap opera The Philadelphia Story, the classic romance An Affair to Remember, and several collaborations with the director Alfred Hitchcock, most notably North by Northwest. A poll by the American Film Institute named Grant the second greatest male star in American movie history, behind only Humphrey Bogart.

He retired from acting in 1966, feeling, perhaps correctly, that as he aged the movie world was beginning to pass him by. In 1970, he happily accepted an honorary Oscar for his body of work, but he never again appeared on-screen. In later years, he married a succession of beautiful younger women (he is now widely believed to have been bisexual, thanks in no small part to his close friendship with Randolph Scott), experimented with LSD as a means of confronting his inner demons... and when a fan magazine sent a telegram to inquire HOW OLD CARY GRANT?, famously wrote in response OLD CARY GRANT FINE. HOW YOU?note 

One of Grant's most famous (and easily imitated) characteristics was his rhythmic speech pattern, which his fans thought added to the air of sophistication of his characters. Ironically, he spoke that way to keep his working-class Bristol accent at bay. In the film Some Like It Hot, Tony Curtis does a riff on Grant's deliberate cadencing whenever his character pretends to be a millionaire playboy. Jack Lemmon's character confronts him on this with the line "where did you get that phony accent? No-bawdy tawks loik theht!"note 

He never actually said, "Judy, Judy, Judy!", a line oft-used by the aforementioned impressionists.

Legend has it that Ian Fleming at least partially modeled his famous James Bond character on Grant. In fact, when Howard Hawks was thinking about filming Casino Royale at the start of The '60s, Grant was his choice to play Bond.

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