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Also Known As: Ivan Simon Cary Elwes Died:
Born: October 26, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, producer, film projectionist

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Revered for his charming lead performance in Rob Reiner's classic fairy tale, "The Princess Bride" (1987), British actor Cary Elwes went on to find success largely in supporting roles in a variety of genres. He showed a career-long interest in period films, donning medieval tights again in the satirical "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" (1993), which solidified his believability as a genuine swashbuckler throwback, a la Errol Flynn. In his higher profile Hollywood work, the actor appeared as Tom Cruise's rival in "Days of the Thunder" (1991) before sending up the action film genre in "Hot Shots" (1991). He supported Jim Carrey in the comedy "Liar Liar" (1997), chased storms in "Twister" (1996), and while he was initially typecast for his dashing, patrician air, Elwes' later career was marked by darker roles in genre material like "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002), "Saw" (2004) and "The Riverman" (A&E, 2004), the latter of which saw him portraying infamous serial killer Ted Bundy. The actor's charm and humor was still on display, however, with animated voice work on the CGI adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" (2009) and a recurring role as the roguish Pierre Despereaux on the TV dramedy "Psych" (USA Network,...

Revered for his charming lead performance in Rob Reiner's classic fairy tale, "The Princess Bride" (1987), British actor Cary Elwes went on to find success largely in supporting roles in a variety of genres. He showed a career-long interest in period films, donning medieval tights again in the satirical "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" (1993), which solidified his believability as a genuine swashbuckler throwback, a la Errol Flynn. In his higher profile Hollywood work, the actor appeared as Tom Cruise's rival in "Days of the Thunder" (1991) before sending up the action film genre in "Hot Shots" (1991). He supported Jim Carrey in the comedy "Liar Liar" (1997), chased storms in "Twister" (1996), and while he was initially typecast for his dashing, patrician air, Elwes' later career was marked by darker roles in genre material like "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002), "Saw" (2004) and "The Riverman" (A&E, 2004), the latter of which saw him portraying infamous serial killer Ted Bundy. The actor's charm and humor was still on display, however, with animated voice work on the CGI adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" (2009) and a recurring role as the roguish Pierre Despereaux on the TV dramedy "Psych" (USA Network, 2006- ). By turns dashing, sinister or downright silly, Elwes maintained a well-earned reputation as one of the most dependable and versatile actors of his generation.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Sugar Mountain (2015)
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 In Security (2014)
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 Citizen, The (2013)
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 Anna Nicole (2013)
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 Horizon (2013)
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 Yellow Submarine (2012)
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Spent time growing up between his mother in London and his father in Spain
1968:
Made first stage appearance at age six in a production of "Robin Hood"
1979:
Feature acting debut, a bit part in "Yesterday's Hero"
1981:
Moved to New York
1981:
Made off-off Broadway debut in "Equus" at the Greengate Theatre
1984:
Played the best friend of Rupert Everett's Guy Bennett in "Another Country"
1984:
Had a supporting role in "Oxford Blues"; produced by brother Cassian
1986:
First notable role was Guilford Dudley in the highly acclaimed British epic "Lady Jane"
1987:
Cast as the stable boy turned hero Westley in the Rob Reiner directed "The Princess Bride"
1989:
Appeared as Matthew Broderick's second-in-command in the Civil War drama "Glory"
1989:
Initial screen collaboration with Charlie Sheen, a cameo in "Never on Tuesday"; produced by Cassian Elwes
1990:
Played Tom Cruise's racer nemesis in "Days of Thunder"
1991:
Cast as a romantic rival to Charlie Sheen in the zany comedy "Hot Shots!"
1991:
Served as associate producer of "Leather Jackets"; produced by brother Cassian; also co-starred
1993:
Played the title role in Mel Brooks' spoof "Robin Hood: Men in Tights"
1993:
Played an older journalist who becomes the object of obsession of his landlord's daughter (Alicia Silverstone) in "The Crush"
1994:
Undertook first villainous role in Disney's live-action "Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book"
1994:
Made cameo appearance in the Sheen vehicle "The Chase"; produced by brother Cassian
1996:
Had small role as a rival storm hunter in "Twister"
1996:
Appeared on an episode of NBC's "Seinfeld" playing a man whose wife breaks up with him
1997:
Played a detective searching for a kidnapper in "Kiss the Girls"
1998:
Co-starred in the HBO movie "The Pentagon Wars"
1998:
Portrayed astronaut Michael Collins in HBO's "From the Earth to the Moon"
1999:
Portrayed producer John Houseman in "Cradle Will Rock"
2000:
Re-teamed with Sheen for "No Code of Conduct" (USA Network)
2000:
Cast as cinematographer Fritz Arno Wagner in "Shadow of the Vampire"
2001:
Starred as Thomas Ince in "The Cat's Meow," about Ince's death aboard a yacht owned by William Randolph Hearst
2001:
Landed recurring role on "The X-Files" as FBI assistant director Brad Follmer
2003:
Starred in the Bob Balaban directed off-Broadway play "The Exonerated"
2004:
Played an abducted doctor subjected to torture in the thriller "Saw"
2004:
Played a villain in the modern day Cinderella story "Ella Enchanted"
2004:
Portrayed serial killer Ted Bundy in the A&E film "The Riverman"
2005:
Played a young Pope John Paul II in the CBS TV-movie "Pope John Paul II"
2007:
Played Lindsay Lohan's stepfather in the Garry Marshall-directed "Georgia Rule"
2009:
Played an international art thief in the fourth season premiere of "Psych" (USA Network)
2009:
Lent his voice to Robert Zemeckis' animated adaptation of "A Christmas Carol"
2010:
Reprised his role in the sequel "Saw 3D: The Final Chapter"
2011:
Played a supporting role in the ensemble romantic comedy "New Year's Eve"
2011:
Lent his vocal talent in "The Adventures of Tintin," directed by Steven Spielberg
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Education

Sarah Lawrence College: Bronxville , New York -
Actors Studio: New York , New York -
Harrow School: - 1980
Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute: New York , New York - 1988

Notes

According to genealogy research, Elwes is a descendant of Mary Dudley. He portryed Mary's brother Guilford Dudley in one of his first major film roles, "Lady Jane"

At one time, his family's surname was Cary-Elwes but over the years, his branch dropped the prefix, although his parents used 'Cary' as a middle name for their children.

"When I work, I live in a fantasy world. It's great. I get to play different characters who inspire me." --Cary Elwes, quoted in Time Out New York, May 8-15, 1999.

"I'm something of a history buff. It's deliberate that a lot of my films have been period pieces." --Elwes to People, February 6, 1995.

On playing villains, Elwes with tongue-in-cheek told USA Today (December 29, 1994): "You get all the best lines."

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Lisa-Marie Kurbikoff. Model. Born c. 1971; met in 1991 became engaged on December 12, 1997.

Family close complete family listing

grandfather:
Simon Elwes. Portrait painter. Born on June 29, 1902; died on August 6, 1975.
mother:
Tessa Elwes. Interior designer. Born on December 7, 1938; has a twin sister, Marina; eloped with Dominic Elwes in Havana, Cuba in January 1958; remarried in a civil ceremony in NYC after her father attempted to stop their marriage; divorced.
father:
Dominic Elwes. Painter, advertising agent. Lived in Spain; born on August 17, 1938; died in September 1975.
step-father:
Elliott Kastner. Producer.
brother:
Cassian Elwes. Producer, agent, executive. Born on August 7, 1959; named vice president of William Morris Agency's independent film department.
brother:
Damian Elwes. Painter, photographer. Born on August 10, 1960; formerly married to Christina Oxenberg.
half-sister:
Milica Kastner. Born c. 1971.
half-brother:
Dillon Kastner. Screenwriter.
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