Archibald Leach was born in poverty in Bristol, 1904. His story is one of the most extraordinary in all cinema, and he was one of its greatest stars. Leach ran away from home aged 13 (his mother had departed four years before to a mental institution) to join a travelling acrobatic troupe, ending up in New York. He sang in England and on Broadway before making it to Hollywood. He starred suavely in countless classics, but his real personality always remained shrouded in mystery. His greatest role was that of Cary Grant, who was a fiction, as revealed in the self-produced, veiled autobiography of None But The Lonely Heart, where Grant played a poor, struggling man in an English slum. He died November 29, 1986 (age 82) in Davenport, Iowa, USA.
|Movie||Arsenic and Old Lace||as Mortimer Brewster||1944|