One of the most memorable leading men of classic Hollywood, Cary Grant (born Archibald Alec Leach) is remembered for his transatlantic accent, his unusual suaveness, his light-hearted way of acting and his great attentiveness to personal grooming. According to Edith Head, the legendary Hollywood costume designer, Grant had the greatest fashion sense of any actor she had worked; she also praised his meticulous attention to detail. It is noted by Graham McCann, author of Cary Grant: A Class Apart, that because of Grant’s working-class background and lack of education, in order to cover it up, he made an extreme effort during the course of his career to associate with high society to absorb their knowledge, etiquette and manners.
Below are some photos that prove why he remains the king of class to this day:
1932. Cary Grant as Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton in ‘Madame Butterfly.’
1934. Cary Grant, outside, smiling, wearing a crewneck sweater over a white shirt, pleat front pants, holding a cigarette. Photo by George Hoyningen-Huene.
1934. Paramount film player Cary Grant examines test footage from his previous day’s work in B. P. Schulberg’s film ‘Kiss and Make Up.’
1934. Married actors Cary Grant and Virginia Cherrill arrive in Rome for their honeymoon.
1935. Cary Grant playing with a ball at the beach house he shared with actor Randolph Scott.