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Cary Grant was born as Archibald Alexander Leach in 1904 in Horfield, Bristol, England to Elsie Maria Kingdon & Elias James Leach. His mother suffered from depression & his father was a philanderer, finally abandoning the family for another woman. His mother was committed to a psychiatric hospital when Archie was ten. Left with no parents he ran away at age 13. He joined the "Bob Pender Stage Troupe" in 1920 & toured the US. He found the country to his liking & became a citizen in 1942, legally changing his name to Cary Grant. He became a popular & gifted actor portraying dashing leading men on the silver screen & was proclaimed the second Greatest Male Star of All Time (after Humphrey Bogart) by the American Film Institute.
Cary Grant wasn't just a spy in Hitchcock's "Notorious," he was one of the greatest Nazi hunters of Hollywood during World War II. Not only did he infamously out legend Errol Flynn as a Nazi sympathizer, and investigate the former German husband of actress Barbara Hutton (whom Grant later married), he donated his movie salaries throughout the war period to the British War Relief and the Red Cross. 
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