Birth Name: Archibald Alec Leach
Date of Birth: January 18, 1904
Place of Birth: Horfield, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, U.K.
Date of Death: November 29, 1986
Place of Death: Davenport, Iowa
Ethnicity: English, 1/4 Welsh
Cary Grant was an English and American actor. He was the son of Elsie Maria (Kingdon or Kingdom) and Elias James Leach. Three of his grandparents were of English descent, and his maternal grandmother was Welsh. Cary moved to the United States around 1920, and became a United States citizen in 1942.
Cary’s paternal grandfather was John James Lake/Leach (the son of John James Lake and Eliza Sweet). Cary’s great-grandfather John was the son of John James Lake and Jane Scott. Eliza was the daughter of James Sweet and Rebecca Lawes.
Cary’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Leafe/Leaf (the daughter of Henry Leafe/Leaf and Elizabeth Anness/Anniss). Cary’s great-grandmother Elizabeth was the daughter of John Anniss and Elizabeth Cruwys.
Cary’s maternal grandparents were William Kingdon (the son of William Kingdom/Kingdon and Ann) and Elizabeth Morgan. Cary’s great-grandfather William was the son of William Kingdon. Elizabeth was born in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales.
Cary donated to the charity United Jewish Appeal. There are various statements on the internet that Cary had some degree of Jewish heritage (sometimes on his father’s side, sometimes on his mother’s). It appears that Cary himself may have said that he is of Jewish heritage. However, no Jewish ancestry has ever been documented/verified for Cary Grant.
Genealogies of Cary Grant (focusing on his father’s side) (they contradict each other on the name of Cary’s paternal grandmother, and of her ancestors) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Birth registration of Cary Grant (as Archibald Alec Leach) – https://familysearch.org