Grant, Cary

Professional name of Alexander Archibald Leach (18 January 1904 – 29 November 1986), American film actor, born in Bristol, England. After touring the U.S. in 1920 with an English theatrical company, he worked in vaudeville and subsequently became a leading musical comedy actor in New York City. In 1932 he went to Hollywood, where he appeared that year in seven films, including ‘This Is the Night’. He then appeared in a long series of romantic and sophisticated comedies that established his reputation as one of Hollywood’s leading men. He became an American citizen in 1942. Films in which Grant starred include ‘Topper’ (1937), ‘Holiday” (1938)’ and ‘The Philadelphia Story’ (1940) with Katharine Hepburn, ‘Suspicion’ (1941), ‘Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House’ (1948), ‘North by Northwest’ (1959), and ‘Walk, Don’t Run’ (1966). In 1970 he received a special Academy Award for his contribution to films.

Grant is one of Kim Wilde’s favourite actors.