Stewart Granger


Actor
Stewart Granger

About

Also Known As
James Lablanche Stewart
Birth Place
London, England, GB
Born
May 06, 1913
Died
August 16, 1993
Cause of Death
Cancer

Biography

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 str...

Photos & Videos

Scaramouche - Publicity Stills
Bhowani Junction - Movie Poster
King Solomon's Mines - Publicity Stills

Family & Companions

Elspeth March
Wife
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.
Jean Simmons
Wife
Actor. Married in 1950; divorced in 1960; costarred with Granger in "Adam and Evelyne" (1949), "Young Bess" (1953) and "Footsteps in the Fog" (1955).

Bibliography

"Sparks Fly Upward"
Stewart Granger (1981)

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

Biography

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.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Chameleons (1989)
Jason Carr
Hell Hunters (1988)
Dr Martin Hoffman
American Lifestyles (1987)
Hazard of Hearts (1987)
The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana (1982)
The Wild Geese (1978)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1972)
Sherlock Holmes
The Trygon Factor (1969)
Superintendent Cooper-Smith
Flaming Frontier (1968)
Old Surehand
The Last Safari (1967)
Gilchrist
Red-Dragon (1967)
Michael Scott
Frontier Hellcat (1966)
Old Surehand
Rampage at Apache Wells (1966)
Old Surehand
The Crooked Road (1965)
Duke of Orgagna
Commando (1964)
Captain Le Blanc
The Secret Invasion (1964)
Maj. Richard Mace
Sodom and Gomorrah (1963)
Lot
Swordsman of Siena (1962)
Thomas Stanwood
The Secret Partner (1961)
John Brent
North to Alaska (1960)
George Pratt
Harry Black and the Tiger (1958)
Harry Black
The Whole Truth (1958)
Max Poulton
The Little Hut (1957)
Sir Philip Ashlowe
Gun Glory (1957)
Tom Early
The Last Hunt (1956)
Sandy McKenzie
Bhowani Junction (1956)
Col. Rodney Savage
Moonfleet (1955)
Jeremy Fox
Green Fire (1955)
Rian X. Mitchell
Footsteps in the Fog (1955)
Stephen Lowry
Salome (1953)
Commander Claudius
All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953)
Mark Shore
Scaramouche (1952)
Andre Moreau
The Wild North (1952)
Jules Vincent
The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)
Rudolf Rassendyll/King Rudolf V
Soldiers Three (1951)
Private Archibald Ackroyd
The Light Touch (1951)
Sam Conride
King Solomon's Mines (1950)
Allan Quatermain
Adam And Evelyne (1949)
Blanche Fury (1948)
Woman Hater (1948)
Saraband for Dead Lovers (1948)
Captain Boycott (1947)
Caravan (1946)
Caesar And Cleopatra (1945)
Apollodorus
Madonna of the Seven Moons (1945)
Waterloo Road (1944)
Fanny By Gaslight (1944)
Love Story (1944)
The Man in Grey (1943)
Swinton Rokeby
The Lamp Still Burns (1943)
Secret Mission (1942)
Thursday's Child (1942)
So This Is London (1940)
Lawrence
Convoy (1940)
Give Her a Ring (1934)
A Southern Maid (1933)

Cast (Special)

Ava Gardner (1992)

Cast (Short)

King Solomon's Mines Featurette (1950)
Himself

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Fine Gold (1990)
Don Miguel--The Count
Crossings (1986)
George Hackett

Life Events

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

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

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"

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"

Photo Collections

Scaramouche - Publicity Stills
Here are several publicity stills from MGM's Scaramouche (1952), starring Stewart Granger, Eleanor Parker, and Janet Leigh. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Bhowani Junction - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Bhowani Junction (1956). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
King Solomon's Mines - Publicity Stills
Here are several Publicity Stills from MGM's King Solomon's Mines (1950), starring Stewart Granger and Deborah Kerr. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
King Solomon's Mines (1950) - Movie Posters
Here are a few original-release American movie posters for King Solomon's Mines (1950), starring Deborah Kerr and Stewart Granger.
The Prisoner of Zenda (1952) - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills from The Prisoner of Zenda (1952), starring Stewart Granger. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
All the Brothers Were Valiant - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from MGM's All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Green Fire - Publicity Stills
Here are a few photos taken to help publicize MGM's Green Fire (1954), starring Grace Kelly and Stewart Granger. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Green Fire - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during location shooting (in Columbia, South America) of MGM's Green Fire (1954), starring Grace Kelly, Stewart Granger, and Paul Douglas.
Moonfleet - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a number of photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Moonfleet (1955), starring Stewart Granger, Viveca Lindfors, and George Sanders, and directed by Fritz Lang.
The Little Hut - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for MGM's The Little Hut (1957), starring Ava Gardner, Davis Niven, and Stewart Granger. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Salome (1953) - No Roman Near Me Rita Hayworth (title character) in lovely Technicolor blue, irritates Pilate (Basil Sydney) but charms Claudius (Stewart Granger), the two Romans charged with sailing her home, in Salome, 1953.
Green Fire (1955) - A Treacherous Woman Adventurer Mitchell (Stewart Granger) has maneuvered hostess Catherine (Grace Kelly) away from the other guests at her family's coffee plantation in Colombia, a tempestuous scene from Green Fire, 1955.
Green Fire (1955) - Open, 1687 Opening credits and engineer Mitchell (Stewart Granger) discovering mineral clues, then getting spooked, in MGM's South American adventure Green Fire, 1955, co-starring Grace Kelly and Paul Douglas.
Green Fire (1955) - You Were Very Lucky Attacked by bandits, mining engineer Mitchell (Stewart Granger) is taken in by Colombian coffee plantation owner Catherine (Grace Kelly), and the Padre (Robert Tafur) in an early scene from MGM's Green Fire, 1955.
Green Fire (1955) - Thinking Like A Woman Beautiful when angry and on horseback, Cathy (Grace Kelly) tells off brother Don (John Ericson) and emerald mine partners Vic (Paul Douglas) and Rian (Stewart Granger) in MGM's Green Fire, 1955.
Bhowani Junction (1956) - Too Hot In Calcutta Ava Gardner (as Anglo-Indian Victoria) at fictional Bhowani, parts with her British officer lover Col. Savage (Stewart Granger) who's been summoned to Calcutta, as Indian independence approaches, the opening scene preceding the epic flashback, in George Cukor's Bhowani Junction, 1956.
Bhowani Junction (1956) - You Fell In The Black Sea! Observing Col. Savage (Stewart Granger) at work, fiery Victoria (Ava Gardner), with her English father (Edward Chapman), Indian mother (Vida St. Romaine) and overwrought and also mixed-race fiancè Patrick (Bill Travers), debating partition, early in George Cukor's Bhowani Junction, 1956.
King Solomon's Mines (1950) - Gallant Fools Opening scene, sure looks like an elephant died for MGM, hunter Quartermain (Stewart Granger) justly expressing greater regard for the beasts than for his clients (John Banner, Henry Rowland), in King Solomon's Mines, 1950.
Young Bess (1953) - -- The King's Daughter First scene in which Princess Elizabeth has grown to be Jean Simmons, defiant but swooning when Admiral Seymour (Stewart Granger, Simmon's then-husband) arrives, sent by her father Henry VIII to fetch her, in George Sidney's Young Bess, 1953.
Scaramouche (1952) - Osculation In Public First scene for Lenore (Eleanor Parker), an actress hiding her background, en route to marry sausage merchant Vanneau (Howard Freeman) when her rogue ex-boyfriend Andre (Stewart Granger) catches up, pre-Revolutionary France, in MGM's Scaramouche, 1952.
Scaramouche (1952) - His Lack Of Breeding Marquis de Maynes (Mel Ferrer) an agent for the queen, up to his usual tricks, goading Revolution-sympathetic young nobleman Philippe (Richard Anderson) into a duel, his virtual brother Andre (Stewart Granger) failing to intercede, in MGM's Scaramouche, 1952.
Young Bess (1953) - -- You'd Shape The World At sea with her father King Henry VIII (Charles Laughton), Elizabeth (Jean Simmons) tries to save stepmother Catherine Parr (Deborah Kerr) from his charges of heresy, Admiral Seymour (Stewart Granger) unable to help, in Young Bess, 1953.

Trailer

King Solomon's Mines - (Original Trailer) A spirited widow (Deborah Kerr) hires a daredevil jungle scout (Stewart Granger) to find a lost treasure in diamonds.
Footsteps in the Fog - (Original Trailer) An ambitious housemaid (Jean Simmons) learns her employer (Stewart Granger) murdered his wife in Footsteps in the Fog (1955).
Bhowani Junction - (Original Trailer) An Anglo-Indian beauty (Ava Gardner) falls for a British officer (Stewart Granger) as her country fights for independence.
Wild North, The - (Original Trailer) Mountie Wendell Corey tracks accused killer Stewart Granger through the Canadian wilderness in the color adventure The Wild North (1952).
Beau Brummell (1954) - (Original Trailer) An English Don Juan (Stewart Granger) courts the Prince of Wales's favor while romancing his way through society in Beau Brummell (1954).
Prisoner of Zenda, The (1952) - (Original Trailer) An Englishman who resembles the king of a small European nation gets mixed up in palace intrigue when his look-alike is kidnapped in The Prisoner of Zenda (1952), starring Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr and James Mason.
Whole Truth, The - (Original Trailer) Stewart Granger is accused of murdering his mistress and it is up to wife Donna Reed to prove him innocent in The Whole Truth (1958).
Green Fire - (Original Trailer) Stewart Granger has to decide which to take: the emeralds in the mine or beautiful coffee plantation owner Grace Kelly in Green Fire (1955).
Moonfleet - (Original Trailer) A British buccaneer (Stewart Granger) is torn among three seductive women in Fritz Lang's Moonfleet (1955).
Swordsman of Siena - (Original Trailer) An adventurer's loyalties are tested when he falls in with rebels in 16th-century Spain in Swordsman of Siena (1962).
Scaramouche (1952) - (Original Trailer) In 18th-century France, a young man masquerades as an actor to avenge his friend's murder in Scaramouche (1952).
All the Brothers Were Valiant - (Original Trailer) Brothers on a whaling schooner become romantic rivals in All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953) starring Robert Taylor.

Family

Lindsay Granger
Daughter
Mother, Elspeth March; survived him.
James Granger
Son
Mother, Elspeth March; survived him.
Tracy Granger
Daughter
Born 1956; mother, Jean Simmons; survived him.
Samantha Granger
Daughter
Survived him.

Companions

Elspeth March
Wife
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.
Jean Simmons
Wife
Actor. Married in 1950; divorced in 1960; costarred with Granger in "Adam and Evelyne" (1949), "Young Bess" (1953) and "Footsteps in the Fog" (1955).

Bibliography

"Sparks Fly Upward"
Stewart Granger (1981)

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