Cary Grant was an English-born American actor. He is known for his transatlantic accent, debonair demeanor, light-hearted approach to acting, and sense of comic timing. In 1999, the American Film Institute named him the second greatest male star of Golden Age Hollywood cinema trailing only Humphrey Bogart. Grant was married five times, three of them elopements with actresses Virginia Cherrill, Betsy Drake, and Dyan Cannon.
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Cary Grant was an English-born American actor. He established a name for himself in vaudeville in the 1920s and toured the United States before moving to Hollywood in the early 1930s. He is known for his transatlantic accent, debonair demeanor, light-hearted approach to acting, and sense of comic timing. In 1999, the American Film Institute named him the second greatest male star of Golden Age Hollywood cinema trailing only Humphrey Bogart. Grant was married five times, three of them elopements with actresses Virginia Cherrill, Betsy Drake, and Dyan Cannon. He retired from film acting in 1966 and pursued numerous business interests, representing cosmetics firm Fabergé and sitting on the board of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In 1970, he was presented with an Honorary Oscar by his friend Frank Sinatra at the 42nd Academy Awards, and he was accorded the Kennedy Center Honors in 1981. He died five years later from a stroke in Davenport, Iowa. Grant considered himself to be partly Jewish. He had an unhappy upbringing; his father was an alcoholic and his mother suffered from clinical depression. Grant’s mother taught him song and dance when he was four, and she was keen on him having piano lessons. When he was nine years old, his father placed his father in a mental institution, and when Grant was nine, his mother told him that she would lose him as she did not want to lose her son. Grant claimed that his mother did not give him affection and did not know how to receive it either.
He was sent to the Bishop Road Primary School in Bristol, England, where he enjoyed the performances of Charlie Chaplin, Chester Conklin, Fatty Arbuckle, Ford Sterling Sterling Swain, and Broncho Billy Anderson. He later moved to New York City to work as a stage performer. In the 1940s and 1950s, Grant developed a close working relationship with director Alfred Hitchcock, who cast the popular actor in the critically acclaimed films Suspicion, Notorious and North by Northwest, plus the popular To Catch a Thief. He also began to move into dramas such as Only Angels Have Wings, Penny Serenade and Clifford Odets’ None but the Lonely Heart ; he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for the latter two. Toward the end of his film career, Grant was praised 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. The suspense-dramasSuspicion and Notorious both involved Grant showing a darker, more ambiguous nature in his characters. In Indiscreet with Ingrid Bergman, That Touch of Mink with Doris Day, and Charade with Audrey Hepburn, he starred in the romantic comedy Arsenic and Old Lace. His older brother John –1900) died of tuberculous meningitis.