Cary Grant was born in England on January 18, 1904, but was known as a popular American leading actor. To participate in celebrating this iconic actor's birthday, check out some of his most popular movies and learn a bit about him through his biography below.
Cary Grant: a biography by Marc Eliot
Rigorously researched and elegantly written, Cary Grant: A Biography is a complete, nuanced portrait of the greatest star in cinema history. Exploring Grant's troubled childhood, ambiguous sexuality, and lifelong insecurities, as well as the magical amalgam of characteristics that allowed him to remain Hollywood's favorite romantic lead for more than thirty-five years, Cary Grant is the definitive examination of every aspect of Grant's professional and private life and the first biography to reveal the real man behind the movie star.
North by Northwest by Alfred Hitchcock
North by Northwest is a classic thriller and one of the first films to use the 'accidental detective' themes that is so often copied these days. Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) is an advertising executive in New York City where he is mistaken for a CIA operative by a group of foreign spies. He ends up in a cross country chase with Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint) who herself has ties to government agents, we are just not sure which ones. Along the way, a spark develops between Thornhill and Kendall while the plot twists and turns several times until we don't know which end is up. Cary Grant is brilliant as the reluctant sleuth and of course his artistry with the spoken word is unrivaled. Hitchcock weaves an amazing story with outstanding cinematography. The Mt. Rushmore setting and the beautiful Western landscapes provide the perfect backdrop for Hitchcock's suspenseful scenes.
Bringing Up Baby by Howard Hawks
When people think of Cary Grant movies, this is one of the three or four films they point to. This is a classic romantic comedy starring two of the best at the genre; Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn. David Huxley (Cary Grant) is an engaged paleontologist, who is attempting to raise $1.0 million for his foundation, but along the way he meets Susan Vance (Hepburn). In fact, Vance is stalking Huxley who has her sights on "getting him" but instead ends up getting into a series of screwball travails. Cary Grant plays the straight man in this romantic comedy to Hepburn's crazy persona. Surprisingly, this Cary Grant film was a box-office failure, but it endures today as a one of the best romantic comedies on many critics' all time favorite lists.
The Philadelphia Story by George Cukor
CK Dexter Haven (Cary Grant) and Tracy Lord (Katherine Hepburn) were married briefly after a passionate affair but they quickly divorced because of Dexter's drinking. Of course, Dexter drank as a coping mechanism from Tracy's demanding perfectionism. Its been several years and Tracy is getting remarried to George Kittredge (John Howard). Since Lord is a socialite and Kittredge is an aspiring politician, the media is dying to cover the wedding. One magazine sends Macauley "Mike" Connor (Jimmy Stewart) to cover the story and while he should not be able to get into the house, Dexter is able to introduce him.
While their marriage was a volatile ride, Dexter is still in love with Lord and is hanging around for the weekend to try to break-up the wedding. Connor is also quickly smitten with Lord and somehow they all end up staying at the Lord mansion for the weekend. This is a hilarious love triangle. Jimmy, Katherine and Cary have never been better than in this film.