Grant, Cary: Hollywood’s Biggest Movie Star

Cary Grant: Career Analysis

Age at First Film: 28

Age at Last Film: 62

Career Span: 1932-1966–34 years

Output: 72 features

Age at first Oscar nomination: 37


Grant made almost half of his features (34 out of 72) in the first decade of his career.

He became a bona fide star in 1937, after the release of Leo McCarey’s Oscar-winning comedy, The Awful Truth, opposite Irene Dunne.


Output by Decade:

1930s: 34

1940s: 21

1950s: 13

1960s: 4

Filmography (By Year)

1932: 7 features

This Is the Night, Stephen Mathewson, film debut

Sinners in the Sun, Ridgeway

Merrily We Go to Hell, Charlie Baxter

Devil and the Deep, Lieutenant Jaeckel

Blonde Venus, Nick Townsend

Hot Saturday, Romer Sheffield

Madame Butterfly, Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton

1933: 6 features

She Done Him Wrong, Capt. Cummings

The Woman Accused, Jeffrey Baxter

The Eagle and the Hawk, Henry Crocker


Gambling Ship, Ace Corbin

I’m No Angel, Jack Clayton

Alice in Wonderland. The Mock Turtle

1934: 4 features

Thirty-Day Princess, Porter Madison III

Born to Be Bad, Malcolm Trevor

Kiss and Make-Up, Dr. Maurice Lamar

Ladies Should Listen, Julian De Lussac

1935: 4 features

Enter Madame, Gerald Fitzgerald

Wings in the Dark, Ken Gordon

The Last Outpost, Michael Andrews

Sylvia Scarlett, Jimmy Monkley

1936: 4

Big Brown Eyes, Det. Sgt. Danny Barr

Suzy, Andre Charville

The Amazing Quest of Ernest Bliss, Ernest Bliss
(aka Romance and Riches, The Amazing Adventure)

Wedding Present, Charlie Mason

1937: 4

When You’re in Love, Jimmy Hudson

Topper, George Kerby

The Toast of New York, Nicholas “Nick” Boyd

The Awful Truth, Jerry Warriner

1938: 2

Bringing Up Baby, Dr. David Huxley

Holiday, John “Johnny” Case


1939: 3

Gunga Din, Sgt. Archibald Cutter

Only Angels Have Wings, Geoff Carter

In Name Only, Alec Walker

1940: 4

His Girl Friday, Walter Burns

My Favorite Wife, Nick

The Howards of Virginia, Matt Howard

The Philadelphia Story, C. K. Dexter Haven

1941: 2

Penny Serenade, Roger Adams (Nominated–Best Actor)

Suspicion, Johnnie

1942: 2

The Talk of the Town, Leopold Dilg a.k.a. Joseph

Once Upon a Honeymoon, Patrick “Pat” O’Toole

1943: 2

Mr. Lucky, Joe Adams/Joe Bascopolous

Destination Tokyo, Capt. Cassidy

1944: 2

Once Upon a Time, Jerry Flynn

Arsenic and Old Lace, Mortimer Brewster

None But the Lonely Heart, Ernie Mott, Nominated–Best Actor


Night and Day, Cole Porter

Notorious, T.R. Devlin


The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, Dick Nugent

The Bishop’s Wife, Dudley


Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, Jim Blandings

Every Girl Should Be Married, Dr. Madison W. Brown


I Was a Male War Bride, Capt. Henri Rochard


Crisis, Dr. Eugene Norland Ferguson


People Will Talk, Dr. Noah Praetorius


Room for One More, George “Poppy” Rose

Monkey Business, Dr. Barnaby Fulton


Dream Wife, Clemson Reade


To Catch a Thief, John Robie


An Affair to Remember, Nickie Ferrante

The Pride and the Passion, Anthony

Kiss Them for Me, Cmdr. Andy Crewson


Indiscreet, Philip Adams, Nominated–Golden Globe Award, Comedy

Houseboat, Tom Winters


North by Northwest, Roger O. Thornhill

Operation Petticoat, Lt. Cmdr. Matt T. Sherman, Nominated Golden Globe, Comedy


The Grass Is Greener, Victor Rhyall, Earl–Nominated–Golden Globe, Comedy


That Touch of Mink, Philip Shayne–Nominated – Golden Globe, Comedy


Charade, Peter Joshua /Alexander Dyle /Adam Canfield /Brian Cruikshank, BAFTA Award nominee for Best Foreign Actor; Nominated, Golden Globe Comedy


Father Goose, Walter Christopher Eckland


Walk, Don’t Run, Sir William Rutland–Final film role