1. Cary Grant was an English actor who became an American citizen in 1942.
2. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Grant the second greatest male star of Golden Age Hollywood cinema .
3. Grant was known for comedic and dramatic roles; his best-known films include Bringing Up Baby .
4. He was nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Actor and five times for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.
5. After his retirement from film in 1966, Grant was presented with an Honorary Oscar by Frank Sinatra at the 42nd Academy Awards in 1970.
6. Archie enrolled at Bishop Road Primary School at the age of four and a half. Due to alienation from his parents, he was socially inept as a child, with a nervous disposition.
7. He enjoyed the theatre, particularly pantomimes at Christmas which he would attend with his father. Elias frequently flirted with the showgirls backstage, and at the age of six and a half, Archie befriended a troupe of acrobatic dancers, known as “The Penders” or the “Bob Pender Stage Troupe”, and began performing with them.
8. One of the dancers, Robert Lomas, whom he would later closely resemble, became an early role model for him. Elias noticed that the two shared a bond, and when his father left and remarried, he placed him in the full-time care of Lomas and the troupe.
9. On March 5, 1911, Archie sailed to New York on the Lusitania with the Pender Troupe. They performed for several weeks on 46th Street.
10. In one nine-minute segment of a three-hour show at the Folies Bergère Theater, the first dinner theater in the United States, they performed in front of the likes of Diamond Jim Brady, Lillian Russell and the Mellon, Rockefeller and Vanderbilt families. The show eventually began to lose money, and the troupe receive negative press for their vulgarity, leaving Archie feeling disappointed upon his return to England in the September.
11. He developed a love of comedy, attending shows by the likes of John Bunny and Mabel Normand on Saturdays evenings in London. The same year, he won a scholarship to attend Fairfield Grammar School in Bristol, his father barely scraping together enough money to pay for his uniform.
12. A mishap occurred during the “Magic Mirror” segment of the show in which Archie revealed a girl hiding by misplaced lighting, which led to him being fired.
13. During that summer the troupe performed in Aldershot and toured northern England and southern Scotland, including Aberdeen and Dundee, before returning to Bristol in the September.
14. Archie became a part of the vaudeville world and toured with Parker and Rand.
15. On March 27, 1922, he performed at the Orpheum in St. Louis, Missouri. After a tour of the mid West in 1924, he returned to Los Angeles in May 1925.