|Cary Elwes Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 11 in|
|Date of Birth||October 26, 1962|
|Spouse||Lisa Marie Kurbikoff|
Cary Elwes is an English actor and writer who is best known for his portrayal of Westley in the 1987 film The Princess Bride. After his graduation in London, Cary moved to the United States and studied acting at various institutions where he received the opportunity to train under Al Pacino‘s mentor, Charlie Laughton. While still in his teens, he landed a job as a production assistant on 3 films. While he was working on the sets of the 1978 film Superman, he was tasked with assisting legendary actor Marlon Brando. After working in film productions for several years, Cary eventually started to get acting roles. He went on to star in more than 25 films in the 80s and 90s, portraying a wide variety of roles across multiple movie genres.
Cary has also crossed over to the TV industry and performed in theatre productions. In the mid-90s, he made his debut TV show appearance and in the next 15 years, he featured in leading and recurring roles in numerous TV films and series. In 2003, Cary made his theatre debut, co-starring with Brooke Shields when he portrayed Kerry Max Cook in the play The Exonerated. Apart from his numerous acting roles, Cary has also dabbled in several voice-over and motion-capture projects. Cary is also an accomplished writer and co-wrote the screenplay for the 2016 comedy-drama film Elvis & Nixon, which featured Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey.
Ivan Simon Cary Elwes
Rocky, The Next Errol Flynn
Westminster, London, England, United Kingdom
Los Angeles, California, United States
Cary completed his schooling from Harrow School in London and then attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. In 1981, he moved out of London and studied acting, philosophy, and history at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. He left the course after 2 years as he wanted to pursue his film career as soon as possible.
While in New York, he attended the Actors Studio as well as the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.
Actor, Screenwriter, Author
- Father – Dominic Elwes (Portrait Painter) (Died in 1975)
- Mother – Tessa Georgina Kennedy (Interior Designer, Socialite)
- Siblings – Damian Elwes (Brother) (Artist), Cassian Elwes (Brother) (Film Producer)
- Others – Elliott Kastner (Stepfather) (Film Producer), Amanda Elwes (Cousin) (Actress), Dillon Kastner (Half Brother), Milica Kastner (Half-Sister) (Actress), Simon Elwes (Paternal Grandfather) (Painter), Daška McLean (Maternal Grandmother), Gervase Elwes (Paternal Great-Grandfather) (Diplomat), Rennell Rodd (Great-Grandfather) (Diplomat), Ivan Rikard Ivanović (Great-Grandfather) (Industrialist, Diplomat)
He is represented by –
- Ben Levine, Manager, Link Entertainment, Los Angeles, California, United States
- Barry McPherson, Agent, APA Agency, New York, United States
- Ryan Bundra, Agent for Book Tours, Link Entertainment, Los Angeles, California, United States
5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm
74 kg or 163 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Cary has dated –
- Lisa Marie Kurbikoff (1991–Present) – Cary met stills photographer Lisa Marie Kurbikoff at a cook-off in 1991 in Malibu, California. They dated for almost 6 years and eventually got engaged in December 1997 in Paris. They got married on June 25, 2000, and have a daughter together named Dominique (b. April 24, 2007).
Race / Ethnicity
He has English, Scottish, Irish, Ashkenazi Jewish, and Serbian ancestry.
- Wavy hair
- Dimpled smile
- Strong jawline
- Clean-shaven look
Cary has been featured in a commercial for Culligan Water in 2018 for the ad titled You Could Give Your People Culligan Water.
Best Known For
His acting roles in films like The Princess Bride (1987), Glory (1989), Days of Thunder (1990), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993), The Jungle Book (1994), Twister (1996), Liar, Liar (1997), and Saw (2004)
Cary made his theatrical film debut in the 1979 drama film Yesterday’s Hero as Disco Dancer.
First TV Show
He made his first TV show appearance as “Himself” on John & Leeza from Hollywood in 1993.
Cary Elwes Favorite Things
- Memorabilia – The original script supervisor’s copy from the 1975 film Jaws
- Beverages – White Wine, Beer, Coffee
- Politicians – Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger
- Comedian – Dave Chappelle
- TV Shows – The Colbert Report (2005-2014), The Daily Show, and Conan
- Comedy Movie – The Big Lebowski (1998)
- Pets – Puppies
Source – ThatShelf.com, BuzzFeed
Cary Elwes Facts
- He is associated with Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian organization that aims to help people in distressed communities. He began working with them after visiting the war-torn region of Darfur, Sudan, in 2008.
- A distant relative of Cary, John Elwes, is believed to have been the inspiration for the iconic fictional character Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’s classic book A Christmas Carol (1843). By a quirk of fate, Cary did voice and motion-capture work for 5 roles in the 2009 animated film adaptation of A Christmas Carol.
- In 1999, he was nominated for a Golden Satellite Award for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television” for portraying Colonel James Burton in the 1998 military comedy film The Pentagon Wars.
- In 2001, he received another Golden Satellite Award nomination for his portrayal of Dr. Fritz Hippler in the TV movie Uprising.
- In August 2005, Cary sued Evolution Entertainment, the production company of the 2004 film Saw. He alleged that he was promised at least 1% of the net profits from the film but was not paid. The case was settled out of court and Cary reprised the role of Dr. Lawrence Gordon in the 2010 film Saw 3D, the final film in the Saw franchise.
- Cary performed the narration in the audiobook of James Patterson‘s 2003 novel, The Jester. For the 2004 video game, The Bard’s Tale, Cary donned several hats. He worked as the screenwriter, chief improviser, and voice actor of the main character, The Bard.
- In 2012, Cary did the voice-over for the character Gremlin Gus in the Disney video game, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two. In 2014, he voiced scientists Edmond Halley and Robert Hooke in the documentary TV series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.
- Cary’s first book titled As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride was published in October 2014. It is a memoir about the making of the 1987 film The Princess Bride. The book features exclusive stories, behind-the-scenes photographs, and interviews with his co-stars from that movie: Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, Fred Savage, Mandy Patinkin, and director Rob Reiner. The book made it to The New York Times Best Seller list.
- Cary is a history buff and an accomplished horseman and he has stated that it is no accident that he has appeared in so many period films that have also involved horseback riding.
- He is a distant relative of Lord Carnarvon who funded archaeologist Howard Carter’s iconic 1923 expedition that helped uncover the tomb of the mysterious Egyptian emperor, King Tutankhamun. Cary is also a distant nephew of King Henry the Eighth and a distant nephew of his 3rd wife, Jane Seymour.
- He has made cameo appearances in movies produced by his brother, Cassian Elwes such as The Chase (1994) and Never on Tuesday (1989).
- Based on his acting skills in the 1984 historical drama film, Another Country, he was selected by Trevor Nunn, the director of The Royal Shakespeare Company to play the lead role of Guilford Dudley in the 1986 historical epic Lady Jane.
- Trevor also made a personal offer to Cary to join The Royal Shakespeare Company. However, Cary declined the offer as he wanted to continue his film career.
- He was selected for the role of Westley in The Princess Bride (1987) after director Rob Reiner witnessed his performance in the film Lady Jane (1986). Cary spent many weeks for getting trained in the sport of fencing for the role. Having been a dramatic actor for the longest time, this was also his first attempt in a comedic role.
- Cary’s mother, a devout Catholic, arranged for him to meet Pope John Paul II in Vatican City in 1984. 21 years later, in 2005, Cary portrayed the Pope’s life as a youth in the TV film Pope John Paul II. The film was very successful and broke box office records in the Pope’s native country Poland. It became the first film ever to break the mark of $1 million in 3 days.
- Cary has worked extensively with the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund and UNICEF. He traveled to Banda Aceh, Indonesia and shot for the documentary The Children of the Tsunami, which documented the damage caused by the December 2003 Tsunami and the ongoing recovery efforts.
- Cary has worked with the humanitarian organization, Amazon Watch that aims to conserve and protect indigenous communities and cultures in South America.
- He has actively spoken in favor of the U’wa Tribe of Colombia on 2 occasions – in August 2000, against the Occidental Petroleum Corporation‘s planned drilling on the U’wa tribe’s territory and in April 2001, against the construction of the Gibraltar 1 exploratory well by Occidental oil company.
- Cary was featured on the cover of the December 1987 issue of the Starlog magazine.
- Visit his official website @ cary-elwes.org.
- Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
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