Archibald Alexander Leach was born in England on this day in 1904. By 1931 the actor had received a five-year contract with Paramount and adopted the now world-famous name of Cary Grant. Carving a niche as the suave and sophisticated gentleman opposite such starlets as Ingrid Bergman, Eva Marie Saint and Grace Kelly, Grant also collaborated numerous times with Katharine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby, Holiday and The Philadelphia Story. Hitchcock also used Grantâ€™s skills time and again in Suspicion, Notorious, To Catch a Thief and most famously as Roger O. Thornhill in North by Northwest. The debonair actor died from complications of a stroke in November 1986.
Film Star Factoid: Throughout his long and respected career, Cary Grant was nominated for four Golden Globes and only two Academy Awardsâ€”never bringing home a trophy. He finally received an Honorary Oscar in 1970 for his mastery on screen.