January 18, 2005

Happy Birthday, Cary Grant!


(Neener, Neener! We scooped Sheila!)

Yes, today is the birthday of one of my favorite actors of all time. Here's a page full o' stuff about him. Lots more is available elsewhere.

I don't have anything particularly insightful to say about the man except this - he had that combination of grace, wit and charm that makes him a pleasure to watch even in a movie I otherwise dislike (and here I'm thinking of the preposterously sappy An Affair to Remember).

Of the ones I've seen, Holiday continues to be my all-time favorite. But many others are right up there, including His Girl Friday, North By Northwest, Philadelphia Story and Charade.

UPDATE: You didn't think she was going to miss the occasion, did you? And I could make a fortune in bar bets backing the probability that she'd mention Bringing Up Baby.

Posted by Robert at January 18, 2005 02:07 PM

Hooray for Archie Leach. In my opinion, one of the best actors to ever practice the craft.

And yes, you guys scooped me big-time!

Posted by: red at January 18, 2005 04:38 PM

Did you know Cary Grant only had three teeth in front instead of four? That's why you rarely see him smile in his movies. For the record, I thought he really gave us the performance of a lifetime when he did "Arsenic and Old Lace". The facial expressions were priceless! Of course, if you're going for romantic comedy, it's hard to top "Pillow Talk" with Doris Day.

Posted by: Denise at January 19, 2005 05:40 AM

The Philadelphia Story: C.K. Dexter Haven -- absolute Cary.

Posted by: david at January 19, 2005 07:04 AM

I have a hard time choosing the favorite. There's something about him in Hitchcock's Notorious that I can't get out of my mind.

But His Girl Friday? Bringing Up Baby?? They make me laugh just thinking about them.

CG says to Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby - with a weary beleaguered expression: "You told them my name was Bone. And you didn't tell me."

Laugh out loud funny.

Posted by: red at January 19, 2005 09:56 AM
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