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1[[quoteright:350:]] ˛˛->''"Everybody wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant."''˛-->-- Archie Leach on [[StageName 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 literal[[note]]His father had her committed to a mental institution for her depression when their son was 9, but told the world she was dead. Not until age 31 did he learn he had not actually lost his mother in the more traditional sense.[[/note]]) 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 [[LimeyGoesToHollywood ended up in Hollywood]], which projected him onto the silver screen as [[StageName 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 ''Film/HisGirlFriday'', ''Theatre/ArsenicAndOldLace'' and ''Film/BringingUpBaby'', the comedy-soap opera ''Film/ThePhiladelphiaStory'', the classic romance ''Film/AnAffairToRemember'', and [[GentlemanThief several collaborations]] with the director Creator/AlfredHitchcock, most notably ''Film/NorthByNorthwest''. A poll by the Creator/AmericanFilmInstitute named Grant [[AFIS100Years100Stars the second greatest male star in American movie history]], behind only Creator/HumphreyBogart.˛˛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 [[DeadpanSnarker OLD CARY GRANT FINE. HOW YOU?]][[note]][[BeamMeUpScotty Grant was quoted as denying this actually happened]], but if it didn't, it should have...[[/note]]˛˛One of Grant's most famous (and easily imitated) characteristics was [[VerbalTic 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 [[UsefulNotes/BritishAccents working-class Bristol accent]] at bay. (On the rare occasion where he played a working-class character, like ''The Lives of a Bengal Lancer'', he let the Bristol accent out.) In the film ''Film/SomeLikeItHot'', Creator/TonyCurtis 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]]''Some Like It Hot'' is a period film taking place in TheRoaringTwenties, before Grant became famous. Part of the humor is that while everybody watching it would know Tony Curtis was impersonating Cary, none of the characters in the movie would.[[/note]]˛˛He [[BeamMeUpScotty never actually said]], "Judy, Judy, Judy!", a line oft-used by the aforementioned impressionists.˛˛Legend has it that Creator/IanFleming at least partially modeled his famous Literature/JamesBond character on Grant. In fact, when Creator/HowardHawks was thinking about filming ''Literature/CasinoRoyale'' at the start of TheSixties, Grant was his choice to play Bond.˛˛----˛!!Cary Grant films with pages on this wiki:˛˛* ''Film/BlondeVenus'' (1932)˛* ''[[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Alice in Wonderland]]'' (1933)˛* ''Film/SheDoneHimWrong'' (1933)˛* ''Film/SylviaScarlett'' (1935)˛* ''Film/{{Suzy}}'' (1936)˛* ''Film/TheAwfulTruth'' (1937)˛* ''Film/{{Topper}}'' (1937)˛* ''Film/BringingUpBaby'' (1938)˛* ''Film/{{Holiday}}'' (1938)˛* ''Film/GungaDin'' (1939)˛* ''Film/{{In Name Only|1939}}'' (1939)˛* ''Film/OnlyAngelsHaveWings'' (1939)˛* ''Film/HisGirlFriday'' (1940)˛* ''Film/MyFavoriteWife'' (1940)˛* ''Film/PennySerenade'' (1941)˛* ''Film/ThePhiladelphiaStory'' (1940)˛* ''Film/{{Suspicion}}'' (1941)˛* ''Film/TalkOfTheTown'' (1942)˛* ''Film/DestinationTokyo'' (1943)˛* ''Theatre/ArsenicAndOldLace'' (1944)˛* ''Film/NoneButTheLonelyHeart'' (1944)˛* ''Film/{{Night and Day|1946}}'' (1946)˛* ''Film/{{Notorious}}'' (1946)˛* ''Film/TheBachelorAndTheBobbySoxer'' (1947)˛* ''Film/TheBishopsWife'' (1947)˛* ''Literature/MrBlandingsBuildsHisDreamHouse'' (1948)˛* ''Film/IWasAMaleWarBride'' (1949)˛* ''Film/{{Monkey Business|1952}}'' (1952)˛* ''Film/ToCatchAThief'' (1955)˛* ''Film/AnAffairToRemember'' (1957)˛* ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'' (1959)˛* ''Film/OperationPetticoat'' (1959)˛* ''Film/ThatTouchOfMink'' (1962)˛* ''Film/{{Charade}}'' (1963)˛* ''Film/FatherGoose'' (1964)˛* ''Film/WalkDontRun'' (1966) -- his last film˛----˛!!Tropes common with his characters˛* TheCastShowoff:[[invoked]] Before he became an actor, Cary trained in London as acrobat, so he often did his own stunts.˛* TheEveryman: Grant had the charisma to make the majority of his characters this even if they weren't in relatable professions (his scientist roles in ''Bringing Up Baby'' and ''Monkey Business'', for example).˛* FakeAmerican:[[invoked]] It was rare when he wasn't. It became [[IronyAsSheIsCast incredibly ironic]] whenever his characters would stubbornly have monologues about [[{{Eagleland}} American values, and boast about the patriotism they wore on their sleeve]], especially in ''The Talk of the Town'' when his character (who'd been framed for arson and broke out of jail) was cold towards the extremely [=WASPy=] lawyer played by Creator/RonaldColman (who was also English) for being too out of touch.˛* ItsAllAboutMe: Along with ManipulativeBastard, some of Cary's characters (particularly in his screwball comedy films) were {{jerkass}}es that would do anything to get their own way. Most famously was C. K. Dexter Haven from ''The Philadelphia Story'', who pulled a few strings by sending {{intrepid reporter}}s to spite ex-wife Tracy's engagement, and this was taken UpToEleven in ''His Girl Friday''.˛* LanternJawOfJustice: His cleft chin is often referenced and lampshaded in his films. Most memorably, Creator/AudreyHepburn in ''Charade'' stroked it and said, "How do you shave in there?"˛* SharpDressedMan: Grant is forever one of the few men in Hollywood history who [[MrFanservice oozed sex appeal]] without taking his three-piece suit off.˛* ShowerScene: An admittedly-strange trait in a few of his movies is showing him either showering or bathing.˛* TallDarkAndHandsome: One of the most famous examples of Hollywood's Golden Age, along with Creator/ClarkGable. If Grant's character was in a love triangle, the other suitor didn't stand a chance.˛----


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