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Cary Grant
 Roles turned down by Cary Grant:

Arabesque
The role of Professor David Pollack in the elegant romantic spy thriller was written for Cary Grant who turned it down.
Actor who got the part: Gregory Peck

Bell, Book and Candle
Turned down the role the role of the sexy publisher and ladies' man, "Sheperd Henderson."
Actor who got the part: James Stewart

Bell Book and Candle
Grant was very interested in playing the male lead.
Actor who got the part: James Stewart

The Birds
Alfred Hitchcock briefly considered Grant but decided against using the hugely expensive actor because he felt the birds and the Hitchcock name were the big attractions.
Actor who got the part: Rod Taylor

The Bridge on the River Kwai
Briefly considered, but producer Sam Spiegel was unconvinced about Grant, who had recently flopped in a tough, serious role in "Crisis."
Actor who got the part: William Holden

Claudia
Cary Grant turned down the role feeling that the female role was the really important one.
Actor who got the part: Robert Young

Damn Yankees
Stanley Donen offered Grant the role of the devilish 'Mr. Applegate'.
Actor who got the part: Ray Walston

Dial M for Murder
Warner Bros. studios felt Cary Grant was not right for the role of a man who arranged to have his wife murdered.
Actor who got the part: Ray Milland

Dr. No
Cary Grant was considered for the role of James Bond.
Actor who got the part: Sean Connery

Flamingo Feather
In his memoirs, Hitchcock film producer Herbert Coleman talks about Grant as having been the possible leading man of this 'Fifties adventure thriller set in Africa. for many budget, location and political reasons, Alfred Hitchcock abandoned the project.
Actor who got the part: Film Was Never Made

Follow Me!
Cary Grant was originally cast in the film in 1965.
Actor who got the part: Topol

Greenmantle
Alfred Hitchcock tried several times in his career to launch a film version of this adventure thriller from the author of "The 39 Steps." Grant followed Robert Donat as Hitchcock's ideal "Richard Hannay."
Actor who got the part: Film Was Never Made,

Hamlet
Alfred Hitchcock wanted to star Grant in a modern-day version of Shakespeare's classic play. The project was dropped for many reasons.
Actor who got the part: Film Was Never Made,

Heaven Can Wait
Warren Beatty wanted Grant to play the part of Mr. Jordan, but Grant had been retired for years by then and refused the role.
Actor who got the part: James Mason

I Confess
The difficult Grant turned down Alfred Hitchcock's offer to star him as a priest burdened by hearing the confession of a murderer.
Actor who got the part: Montgomery Clift

It's a Wonderful Life
Grant was the top choice for It's a Wonderful Life when the film was still titled "The Greatest Gift."
Actor who got the part: James Stewart

Lawrence of Arabia
Over the many years it took to finally launch a film version of the exploits of the complex hero, Grant was often mentioned as ideal for the role.
Actor who got the part: Peter O'Toole

Let's Make Love
Turned down the male lead of the billionaire opposite Marilyn Monroe in the musical romance directed by George Cukor.
Actor who got the part: Yves Montand

Lolita (1962)
Was appalled that the role of Humbert Humbert was offered to him and turned it down.
Actor who got the part: James Mason

Love in the Afternoon
One of the many roles turned down by Grant because he was concerned about the difference between his age and that of his leading lady. He would have played a middle aged playboy in Billy Wilder's romantic comedy drama.
Actor who got the part: Gary Cooper

The Man Who Came to Dinner
Cary Grant was considered to play the acerbic critic Sheridan Whiteside who wreaks havoc in a midwestern home, when Howard Hawks was attached to direct.
Actor who got the part: Monty Woolley

Marnie
When Alfred Hitchcock announced he would reunite with Grace Kelly for this dark, romantic thriller, Grant was quoted as saying he would love to do the movie, too, but had not yet been asked.
Actor who got the part: Sean Connery

Mary Poppins
Briefly considered for the role of chimney sweep Bert.
Actor who got the part: Dick Van Dyke

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
For Alfred Hitchcock's rare venture into screwball romantic comedy, the director wanted to pair Grant with Carole Lombard as the married couple who learn their marriage is not legal.
Actor who got the part: Robert Montgomery

My Fair Lady
Grant refused the role of Henry Higgins, promising he'd never even see the movie unless Rex Harrison repeated his great stage role.
Actor who got the part: Rex Harrison

Ninotchka
Cary Grant was the first choice for the part of Count Leon d'Algout, opposite Garbo.
Actor who got the part: Melvyn Douglas

The Phantom of the Opera (1962)
Cary Grant met with executives of Hammer films in London and told them he wanted to play the role of the Phantom. But Hammer's limited budget precluded this.
Actor who got the part: Herbert Lom

Please Don't Eat the Daisies
Turned down the role of the New York drama critic who moves with his wife and family to an old home in the country.
Actor who got the part: David Niven

Red River
Cary Grant was director Howard Hawks's original choice for the role of gunslinger Cherry Valance. Grant declined and the part was diminished in the film.
Actor who got the part: John Ireland

Roman Holiday
Turned down role of Joe Bradley.
Actor who got the part: Gregory Peck

Rope
Grant was director Alfred Hitchcock's first choice to play the caustic, flippant professor "Rupert Cadell."
Actor who got the part: James Stewart

Sabrina
Cary Grant was scheduled to play the role of the workaholic millionaire "Linus" but pulled out of the project at the last minute.
Actor who got the part: Humphrey Bogart

Spellbound
Grant was director Alfred Hitchcock's first choice to star opposite Ingrid Bergman as the new head of a pyschiatric institute who may or may not be a murderer.
Actor who got the part: Gregory Peck

A Star Is Born (1954)
Accepted the role of the tragic, brokendown Hollywood star "Norman Main," then left the project.
Actor who got the part: James Mason

The Third Man
Grant was Director Carol Reed's first choice to play Holly Martins. After he passed, the role was rewritten as an American.
Actor who got the part: Joseph Cotten

Torn Curtain
Cary Grant was committed to doing another movie and was intent on retiring from films (again) when director Alfred Hitchcock offered him the chance to play an American scientist who appears to be defecting to the Soviets.
Actor who got the part: Paul Newman

Trouble in Paradise
Grant was considered for the role of Gaston Monescu aka 'La Valle' but was thought of as too young for the role.
Actor who got the part: Herbert Marshall

The Verdict
Was considered for a part in the movie.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Grant was also considered for the lead role of George.
Actor who got the part: Richard Burton

A Woman of Distinction
Cary Grant was announced to star opposite Jean Arthur when this film was first announced.
Actor who got the part: Ray Milland






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