Before he enjoyed celebrity as a renowned leading man in Hollywood, Cary Grant grew up in an English port city. And there were some tough times in his childhood for the star of much-loved films such as His Girl Friday and North By Northwest. But one secret in particular illustrates just how difficult his upbringing was.
Grant was born as Archibald Leach in Bristol in the U.K., explaining an accent that would always be stuck in the middle of the Atlantic. Famed for his suavity and sure comic touch, Grant was much lauded during a long career in Hollywood. He’d first come to the U.S. with a vaudeville troupe in his teens, heading to L.A. in his 20s.