Archibald Alec Leach

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Archibald Alec Leach was born in Bristol, England back in 1904 to Elias and Elsie.  His father was an alcoholic and his mother suffered from clinical depression.  When he was 4 he was sent to the Bishop Road Primary School.  When he was 9 his father placed his mother in the Glenside Hospital which was a mental institution.

He was 31, when he discovered his mother was still living.  In 1915, he won a scholarship to attend the Fairfield Grammar School.  While he did not excel in academic subjects he excelled in sports.  Where his did find enjoyment was working backstage in Bristol theaters.  In 1918, when he was 14 he was expelled from school.  He became a part of the vaudeville circuit and began touring.  One of those tours was in the United States and he decided to stay in the US not returning with the rest of the troupe.  I could go on and on, but let’s cut to the chase.  While you may not know Archibald surely, you’ve heard of his stage name Cary Grant.  He made it to the big time.

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Comments (18)

Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Haven't seen that name in print for a long, long time. That's one that I already knew about James, an audience favorite. He had a slew of heavy hitters whom he worked with and I can't imagine the life he lead back in the day.

May 09, 2021 02:29 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - it's a rarity when I "know" much of one of your stories when I read a post title but this was well-known to me.  

May 09, 2021 04:29 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Somehow, some way I knew this one! What I don't know is how I know. Oh well! Enjoy your day.

May 09, 2021 05:28 AM
Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun /


Did not know this about Cary Grant.  Make it a special Mothers Day today.  We all know a mom.  Bill Salvatore

May 09, 2021 05:35 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - I think there is an author by that name but who knew it was also Cary Grant.

May 09, 2021 05:39 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I think a few of us grey-haired folks saw at least one of his movies!

Make yourself an awesome day.

May 09, 2021 05:46 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning again, James... I knew the answer as soon as I saw the title! Cary Grant was an amazing actor and very easy on eyes as well. And his stage name certainly suited him a lot better than his given name.

May 09, 2021 05:52 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have certainly heard of him and I love hearing stories about people overcoming that type of family life, or lack thereof.

May 09, 2021 06:18 AM
faye schubert

Cary Grant did not cave into "victim mentality". Thank Goodness.

May 10, 2021 06:13 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This name was familiar to me, and to this day he is one of our favorite actors...Happy Sunday, and Happy Mother's Day. A

May 09, 2021 06:57 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Have a very special day and an outstanding week.

May 09, 2021 09:07 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I did not know the back story.  Very interesting... Wish your wife a Happy Mother's Day for me!

May 09, 2021 09:31 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James I kept saying I remember this name.... needless to say the Dime did not drop until you revealed it at the end... then I said Oh That's Right:)Endre

May 09, 2021 03:57 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing this background information on Cary Grant.  I did have a hunch about this one.

May 09, 2021 04:01 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Yes indeed James! I happen to have known this one just from the title

May 09, 2021 04:43 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I had no idea that Cary Grant had such a tough start in life James Dray . Thanks for another interesting story.

May 09, 2021 06:07 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I absolutely knew who this one of my favorite actors!!!!

May 09, 2021 07:17 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Well I had no clue who this was until you shared it. I've certainly seen a few of his films!


May 11, 2021 12:39 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear James,

I did not know that about him. He found a stationary vaudeville place in Hollywood.

May 25, 2021 06:07 AM