Charm, looks, wit, class. The Good Lord combined all these traits in one man and named him Cary Grant.

Born in Bristol England, in 1904, the young Archie Leach had a troubled early life. He eventually escaped (literally!) by joining the circus, becoming an expert tumbler.

Eventually he made it to Hollywood, and ended up signing with Paramount. In his early career, he was a sponge, absorbing the style and manners of more sophisticated types to create the star we know as Cary Grant.

He'd go on to become one of Tinseltown's most reliable — and durable — leading men. He was great looking from the get-go, but he only seemed to improve with age. Yeah, like wine!

If you need proof, check out the seldom-seen visuals below.