15. Cary Grant’s Path To Fame Began On Coney Island

Cary Grant, whom the American Film Institute named the second greatest male star of Golden Age Hollywood cinema (the first being Humphrey Bogart), started his path to fame in an unconventional way: as a Coney Island acrobat. George Tilyou, who founded Steeplechase Park, hired him to walk on stilts through the Bowery, which was the six-block long segment of Coney Island lined with games and attractions. This stunt was part of Tilyou’s plans to advertise Steeplechase Park. Cary Grant’s other contribution to New York City: he rededicated the plaque to Bristol Basin, an area on the east side of New York City encompassing Waterside Plaza and part of the FDR Drive, built from Bristol rubble from WWII.