Archibald Alexander Leach

Who says an unusual name condemns you to a lifetime of anonymity? Just ask Archibald Leach, or as he’s probably better known (to your parents at least), Cary Grant.

Sure, so he changed his name to fit on those billboards a little better, but he’s really no different than Marion Morrison, Maurice Micklewhite, Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr. , or Truman Streckfus Persons, all of whom found catchier names to use in their professional lives.

Not too many actors of today could pull off the old pipe pose.

Grant was of course one of the biggest movie stars of the 20th century, working on both sides of the Atlantic, which probably was a leading cause of his famous accent – not quite English, not quite American. But audiences didn’t mind, and ol’ Archibald was elected the “greatest movie star of our time” by Premiere magazine in 2005.

About Arto

Co-founder of the Funny Names Blog, Hawaiian shirt enthusiast, and holder of a funny name himself with too many vowels for any sensible person. Currently residing in San Diego, California, scouring through obscure documents on a hunt for more funny names.
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10 Responses to Archibald Alexander Leach

  1. rhijulbec says:

    I’d have done him! just a bit before my time though.

  2. dfolstad58 says:

    I have always like Archie’s style and he was the best at comedic understatement.

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