Cary Grant. Photo: John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images (ca. 1947)
Archibald Alexander Leach was born on January 18, 1904 in Horfield, Bristol, England. After enduring an unhappy childhood, he literally ran away and joined the circus, travelling to America to perform in vaudeville and later on Broadway. When Hollywood came calling in 1931, he changed his name to Cary Grant and the rest is history. He went on to grace the screen in more than 70 films and become one of the biggest movie stars of the 20th century. He was handsome, charming, and funny, and showed off his acting chops in a broad range of films from comedies to dramas to musicals. So Happy Birthday, Cary Grant. You will always be my favourite leading man.