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Also Known As: James Lablanche Stewart Died: August 16, 1993
Born: May 6, 1913 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor

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Tall, strapping leading man who, after gaining stage experience, began a film career in the late 1930s. Granger and co-stars Margaret Lockwood, James Mason and Phyllis Calvert immediately became major stars with their appearances in the melodramatic period romp, "The Man in Grey" (1943), and for the rest of the decade Granger reigned as one of Britain's premiere leading men. With his strong profile, his deep, dulcet voice and a shock of wavy hair he typically appeared in historical romances and actioners for Gainsborough and Rank including "Fanny by Gaslight" (1943), "Madonna of the Seven Moons" (1944), "Caravan" (1946), "Blanche Fury" (1947) and "Saraband for Dead Lovers" (1948). Signed by MGM in 1949, Granger spent most of the next seven years playing virile swashbucklers and great white hunters in stylish if sometimes derivative remakes of classic Hollywood adventures including "King Solomon's Mines" (1950), "The Prisoner of Zenda" (1952), "Scaramouche" (1952) and "Beau Brummell" (1954). His stardom slipped late in the decade and, after co-starring with John Wayne in the rowdy comedy-drama "North to Alaska" (1960), Granger ventured to Europe, where he continued playing leading roles in routine...

Tall, strapping leading man who, after gaining stage experience, began a film career in the late 1930s. Granger and co-stars Margaret Lockwood, James Mason and Phyllis Calvert immediately became major stars with their appearances in the melodramatic period romp, "The Man in Grey" (1943), and for the rest of the decade Granger reigned as one of Britain's premiere leading men. With his strong profile, his deep, dulcet voice and a shock of wavy hair he typically appeared in historical romances and actioners for Gainsborough and Rank including "Fanny by Gaslight" (1943), "Madonna of the Seven Moons" (1944), "Caravan" (1946), "Blanche Fury" (1947) and "Saraband for Dead Lovers" (1948).

Signed by MGM in 1949, Granger spent most of the next seven years playing virile swashbucklers and great white hunters in stylish if sometimes derivative remakes of classic Hollywood adventures including "King Solomon's Mines" (1950), "The Prisoner of Zenda" (1952), "Scaramouche" (1952) and "Beau Brummell" (1954). His stardom slipped late in the decade and, after co-starring with John Wayne in the rowdy comedy-drama "North to Alaska" (1960), Granger ventured to Europe, where he continued playing leading roles in routine action films, among the more interesting of which was Robert Aldrich's dull but intermittently campy epic, "Sodom and Gomorrah" (1962).

TV beckoned Granger in the 1970s and 80s: he starred for a season in the gritty western series "The Men from Shiloh" (1970-71), played Sherlock Holmes in an enjoyable adaptation of "The Hound of the Baskervilles" (1972), and made a stalwart Prince Philip in "The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana" (1982). Granger also returned occasionally to the stage, his last appearance being his well-received work opposite Rex Harrison and Glynis Johns in "The Circle" on Broadway in 1991. Granger was married to character actress Elspeth March and later, from 1950 to 1960, to actress Jean Simmons.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Chameleons (1989) Jason Carr
2.
 Hell Hunters (1988) Dr Martin Hoffman
3.
 American Lifestyles (1987) ("Show Business At War" - "Show Business: The War Years")
4.
 Hazard of Hearts (1987) Old Vulcan
5.
6.
 Wild Geese, The (1978) Sir Edward Matherson
7.
 Hound of the Baskervilles, The (1972) Sherlock Holmes
8.
 The Trygon Factor (1969) Superintendent Cooper-Smith
9.
 Flaming Frontier (1968) Old Surehand
10.
 The Last Safari (1967) Gilchrist
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Milestones close milestones

1933:
Made film debut in a bit part in "A Southern Maid"
1935:
Began as a repertory actor; worked with companies in Hull and Birmingham
1936:
Acted in the Malvern Theatre Festivals
:
Acted on the London stage with Vivien Leigh in "Serena Blandish"
1939:
Film career began in earnest with "So This Is London"
1942:
Began playing leading roles in British films
1943:
Vaulted to star status with his role in "The Man in Grey", which also made stars of Phyllis Calvert, Margaret Lockwood and James Mason
:
Served with the Black Watch regiment during WWII; invalided out
:
Was voted one of Great Britain's top ten boxoffice stars in annual "Motion Picture Herald-Fame" poll in 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949
1949:
Signed with MGM
1950:
First American film, "King Solomon's Mines"
1955:
Returned briefly to Great Britain to co-star opposite wife Jean Simmons in "Footsteps in the Fog"
1956:
Became an American citizen
1957:
Left MGM
1958:
Returned to Great Britain to make two films
1962:
Began making films in Italy with his roles in "Sodom and Gomorrah" and "The Swordsman of Siena"
1965:
Began making films in West Germany
1969:
TV-movie debut, "Any Second Now"
:
Starred as Colonel Alan MacKenzie opposite James Drury and Doug McClure on the NBC western series "The Men from Shiloh"
1972:
Played Sherlock Holmes in a TV-movie adaptation of "The Hound of the Baskervilles"
1982:
Played Prince Philip in the TV-movie, "The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana"
1988:
Made final feature film, "Hell Hunters"
1991:
Made final stage appearance opposite Rex Harrison and Glynis Johns in an adaptation of Somerset Maugham's "The Circle"
1992:
Appeared in the made-for-Cinemax interview documentary, "Ava Gardner"
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Education

Epsom School of Art: -
Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art: -

Notes

Given that another James Stewart was already becoming famous in the United States in the late 1930s, it's understandable that Granger chose to change his birthname.

"I've never done a film that I'm proud of." --Stewart Granger

"I haven't aged into a character actor. I'm an old leading man." --Stewart Granger

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Elspeth March. Actor. Married in 1938; divorced in 1950; had three miscarriages before giving birth to Granger's two eldest children; born on March 5, 1911; died on April 29, 1999 at age 88; retired from acting in 1983.
wife:
Jean Simmons. Actor. Married in 1950; divorced in 1960; costarred with Granger in "Adam and Evelyne" (1949), "Young Bess" (1953) and "Footsteps in the Fog" (1955).

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daughter:
Lindsay Granger. Mother, Elspeth March; survived him.
son:
James Granger. Mother, Elspeth March; survived him.
daughter:
Tracy Granger. Born 1956; mother, Jean Simmons; survived him.
daughter:
Samantha Granger. Survived him.
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