28. Leach. Archibald Leach.
Cary Grant was born Archibald Alexander Leach in Bristol, England.
What an amazing name; I mean Archibald is great on its own, but Archibald Leach?
Also, pay attention the next time you watch Arsenic and Old Lace or His Girl Friday. It seems he couldn’t resist making a joke at his own expense.
26. …including Alfred Hitchcock, who freaking loved him.
Alfred Hitchcock once said he was “the only actor I ever loved in my whole life.”
The famous director “tried to convince him to come out of retirement to star in one movie. “Don’t count on it, Hitch,” Grant said at first. Hitchcock finally enticed him…” and now we have To Catch a Thief (1955). (Evenings With Cary Grant)
In the end, they worked together on 4 films, all of which earned Academy Award nominations.
Also, I’m pretty sure they were bros.
24. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
“You’ll never be a first class human being or a first class woman until you’ve learned to have some regard for human frailty.”
Cary Grant + Katharine Hepburn + Jimmy Stewart = WIN
Grant as C.K. Dexter Haven is rather unforgettable and the film stands at #44 on the AFI’s list of 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time. (2007)
21. I Was A Male War Bride (1949)
“My name is Rochard. You’ll think I’m a bride but actually I’m a husband. There’ll be a moment or two of confusion but, if we all keep our heads, everything will be fine.”
I think the picture says it all but just in case, yes that is Cary Grant cross-dressing and yes he’s fabulous.
It’s a somewhat bizarre, obscure film, that certainly isn’t his finest work, but oh my god Cary Grant in a skirt and wig trying to pass as a woman is hilarious.
20. Bringing Up Baby (1938)
“How can all these things happen to just one person?”
A paleontologist (Grant), a leopard, and a more than slightly crazy lady who seems determined to ruin said paleontologist’s life (Hepburn).
This movie is a true joy and once again features a rather daintily clad Cary Grant.
Plus, it’s #88 on the AFI’s 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time.
15. Fun Facts: He never played a villain. Ever.
According to IMDB: “The closest Grant came was the original version of Suspicion (1941), directed by Hitchcock, in which Grant’s character poisoned his wife, but the film was recut so that Grant wouldn’t be a bad guy.”
13. And his $137,000 Philadelphia Story salary went to the British War Relief Fund.
“Hepburn approached Cary Grant for the role of Tracy’s former husband and Grant accepted on two conditions. First, that he receive top billing and second, that he be paid $137,000 which was considered an extremely generous salary at the time. Interestingly, upon receiving his salary, Grant donated the entire amount to the British War Relief Fund.” (TCM)
$137,000 in 1940 = $2,246,809.79 in 2013.
11. He ranks #2 on the AFI Male Legend list.
In 1970 he won an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement. Strangely enough, he never won a regular, garden variety one. (Think Leo DiCaprio)
Pretty much everybody agreed that he was awesome though. AFI ranks him just behind Humphrey Bogart in their list of “50 Greatest American Screen Legends.”