Cary Elwes

Actor, Producer, Film projectionist
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 ... Read more »
Born: 10/25/1962 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (79)

A Mouse Tale 2014 (Movie)

(Voice)

American Crime 2014 (Movie)

Albert Bodine (Actor)

Armed Response 2014 (Movie)

Joshua (Actor)

Behaving Badly 2014 (Movie)

Joseph Stevens (Actor)

Comic Book Villains 2014 (Movie)

Carter (Actor)

Hellgate 2014 (Movie)

Jeff Mathews (Actor)

Psych 2009 - 2010, 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Reach Me 2014 (Movie)

Kersey (Actor)

Sakura 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Solo 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sugar Mountain 2014 (Movie)

Jim Huxley (Actor)

Sugar Mountain 2014 (Movie)

Jim Huxley (Actor)

The Greens Are Gone 2014 (Movie)

Frank Harper (Actor)

Wish You Were Dead 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Anna Nicole 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Hansel & Gretel Get Baked 2013 (Movie)

Meter Man (Actor)

Teen Lust 2013 (Movie)

John (Actor)

The Citizen 2013 (Movie)

Zuckerman (Actor)

The Story of Luke 2013 (Movie)

Uncle Paul (Actor)

Delhi Safari 2012 (Movie)

(Voice)

Flying Lessons 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Leverage 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Perception 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure 2012 (Movie)

Bobby Wobbly (Voice)

Toys in the Attic 2012 (Movie)

Sir Handsome (Voice)

New Year's Eve 2011 (Movie)

Stan's Doctor (Actor)

No Strings Attached 2011 (Movie)

Dr. Henry Metzner (Actor)

The Adventures of Tintin 2011 (Movie)

Pilot (Voice)

As Good As Dead 2010 (Movie)

Ethan (Actor)

Little Murder 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Psych: 9 2010 (Movie)

Dr. Clement (Actor)

Saw 3D 2010 (Movie)

Dr. Gordon (Actor)

Disney's A Christmas Carol 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Portly Gentleman #1/Dick Wilkins/Mad Fiddler/Guest #2/Business Man #1 (Actor)

The Alphabet Killer 2008 (Movie)

Capt. Kenneth Shine (Actor)

Georgia Rule 2007 (Movie)

Arnold (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

National Lampoon's Pucked 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Neo Ned 2006 (Movie)

Dr Magnuson (Actor)

Pope John Paul II 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Walk the Talk 2006 (Movie)

Erik (Actor)

Edison 2004 (Movie)

Reigert (Actor)

Ella Enchanted 2004 (Movie)

Sir Edgar (Actor)

Saw 2004 (Movie)

Dr Lawrence Gordon (Actor)

Batman Beyond 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

The Cat's Meow 2002 (Movie)

Thomas Ince (Actor)

The X-Files 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Night Visions 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Shadow of the Vampire 2000 (Movie)

Fritz Arno Wagner--Cameraman (Actor)

Cradle Will Rock 1999 (Movie)

John Houseman (Actor)

Quest for Camelot 1998 (Movie)

Garrett (Actor)

The Informant 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Kiss the Girls 1997 (Movie)

Nick Ruskin (Actor)

Liar Liar 1997 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

Seinfeld 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Twister 1996 (Movie)

Dr. Jonas Miller (Actor)

Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book 1994 (Movie)

Boone (Actor)

The Chase 1994 (Movie)

Steve Horsegroovy (Actor)

Robin Hood: Men in Tights 1993 (Movie)

Robin Hood (Actor)

The Crush 1993 (Movie)

Nick Eliot (Actor)

Bram Stoker's Dracula 1992 (Movie)

Lord Arthur Holmwood (Actor)

Hot Shots! 1991 (Movie)

Kent Gregory (Actor)

Leather Jackets 1991 (Movie)

Dobbs (Actor)

Days of Thunder 1990 (Movie)

Russ Wheeler (Actor)

Glory 1989 (Movie)

Cabot Forbes (Actor)

Never on Tuesday 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Princess Bride 1987 (Movie)

Westley (Actor)

Lady Jane 1986 (Movie)

Guilford Dudley (Actor)

Maschenka 1986 (Movie)

Ganin (Actor)

The Bride 1985 (Movie)

Josef (Actor)

Another Country 1984 (Movie)

Harcourt (Actor)

Oxford Blues 1984 (Movie)

Lionel (Actor)

Yesterday's Hero 1980 (Movie)

Disco Dancer (Actor)

From the Earth to the Moon (TV Show)

Actor

Race Against Time (TV Show)

Actor

The Pentagon Wars (TV Show)

Actor

The Riverman (TV Show)

Actor

Uprising (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Leather Jackets 1991 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Dominic Elwes

Father
Caused a scandal when he and Tessa Kennedy eloped in 1957 in Havana, Cuba committed suicide in 1975

Tessa Elwes

Mother
Caused a scandal when she and Dominic Elwes eloped in 1957 in Havana, Cuba later married film producer Elliott Kastner

Dominique Elwes

Daughter
Born April 24, 2007 mother, Lisa-Marie Kurbikoff

Cassian Elwes

Brother
Born in 1959 co-headed William Morris Independent as an agent from 1994-2009

Damian Elwes

Brother
Born in 1960

Simon Elwes

Grandfather

Elliott Kastner

Step-Father

Dillon Kastner

Half-Brother
Son of Tessa Kennedy and Elliott Kastner

Milica Kastner

Half-Sister
Daughter of Tessa Kennedy and Elliott Kastner

Lisa-Marie Kurbikoff

Wife
Met in 1991 at a Malibu chili cook-off got engaged in December 1997 in Paris married in 2000

EDUCATION

Harrow School

1980

Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute

New York , New York 1988

Actors Studio

New York , New York

Sarah Lawrence College

Bronxville , New York
Studied German Expressionist Film

Milestones

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

2010

Reprised his role in the sequel "Saw 3D: The Final Chapter"

2009

Lent his voice to Robert Zemeckis' animated adaptation of "A Christmas Carol"

2009

Played an international art thief in the fourth season premiere of "Psych" (USA Network)

2007

Played Lindsay Lohan's stepfather in the Garry Marshall-directed "Georgia Rule"

2005

Played a young Pope John Paul II in the CBS TV-movie "Pope John Paul II"

2004

Played a villain in the modern day Cinderella story "Ella Enchanted"

2004

Played an abducted doctor subjected to torture in the thriller "Saw"

2004

Portrayed serial killer Ted Bundy in the A&E film "The Riverman"

2003

Starred in the Bob Balaban directed off-Broadway play "The Exonerated"

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

2000

Re-teamed with Sheen for "No Code of Conduct" (USA Network)

2000

Cast as cinematographer Fritz Arno Wagner in "Shadow of the Vampire"

1999

Portrayed producer John Houseman in "Cradle Will Rock"

1998

Co-starred in the HBO movie "The Pentagon Wars"

1998

Portrayed astronaut Michael Collins in HBO's "From the Earth to the Moon"

1997

Played a detective searching for a kidnapper in "Kiss the Girls"

1996

Appeared on an episode of NBC's "Seinfeld" playing a man whose wife breaks up with him

1996

Had small role as a rival storm hunter in "Twister"

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

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"

1991

Served as associate producer of "Leather Jackets"; produced by brother Cassian; also co-starred

1991

Cast as a romantic rival to Charlie Sheen in the zany comedy "Hot Shots!"

1990

Played Tom Cruise's racer nemesis in "Days of Thunder"

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

1987

Cast as the stable boy turned hero Westley in the Rob Reiner directed "The Princess Bride"

1986

First notable role was Guilford Dudley in the highly acclaimed British epic "Lady Jane"

1984

Had a supporting role in "Oxford Blues"; produced by brother Cassian

1984

Played the best friend of Rupert Everett's Guy Bennett in "Another Country"

1981

Moved to New York

1981

Made off-off Broadway debut in "Equus" at the Greengate Theatre

1979

Feature acting debut, a bit part in "Yesterday's Hero"

1968

Made first stage appearance at age six in a production of "Robin Hood"

Spent time growing up between his mother in London and his father in Spain

Bonus Trivia

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According to genealogy research, Elwes was a descendant of Mary Dudley. He portrayed Mary's brother Guilford Dudley in one of his first major film roles, "Lady Jane" (1986).

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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.

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

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

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

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