Stewart Granger

Actor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 05/06/1913 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (43)

Lo Spadaccino di Siena 2014 (Movie)

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Unter Geiern 2014 (Movie)

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Hell Hunters 1987 (Movie)

Dr Martin Hoffman (Actor)

American Lifestyles 1986 (Movie)

("Show Business at War" - "Show Business: The War Years") (Actor)

Crossings 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wild Geese 1977 (Movie)

Sir Edward Matherson (Actor)

The Hound of the Baskervilles 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Men From Shiloh 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Safari 1967 (Movie)

Miles Gilchrist (Actor)

Old Surehand 1.Teil 1964 (Movie)

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The Secret Invasion 1963 (Movie)

Maj Richard Mace (Actor)

Sodoma e Gomorra 1961 (Movie)

Lot (Actor)

North to Alaska 1960 (Movie)

George Pratt (Actor)

Gun Glory 1957 (Movie)

Tom Early (Actor)

Harry Black and the Tiger 1957 (Movie)

Harry Black (Actor)

The Little Hut 1957 (Movie)

Sir Philip Ashlow (Actor)

Bhowani Junction 1956 (Movie)

Colonel Rodney Savage (Actor)

The Last Hunt 1956 (Movie)

Sandy McKenzie (Actor)

Footsteps in the Fog 1955 (Movie)

Stephen Lowry (Actor)

Moonfleet 1955 (Movie)

Jeremy Fox (Actor)

Beau Brummell 1954 (Movie)

Beau Brummell (Actor)

Green Fire 1954 (Movie)

Rian X Mitchell (Actor)

All the Brothers Were Valiant 1953 (Movie)

Mark Shore (Actor)

Scaramouche 1952 (Movie)

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The Prisoner of Zenda 1952 (Movie)

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The Man in Gray 1943 (Movie)

Swinton Rokeby (Actor)

Secret Mission 1941 (Movie)

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A Hazard of Hearts (TV Show)

Actor

Adam and Evelyne (Movie)

Adam Black (Actor)

Any Second Now (TV Show)

Actor

Ava Gardner (TV Show)

Actor

Caesar and Cleopatra (Movie)

Apollodorus (Actor)

Captain Boycott (Movie)

Hugh Davin (Actor)

Chameleons (TV Show)

Actor

Fine Gold (TV Show)

Actor

King Solomon's Mines (Movie)

Allan Quatermain (Actor)

Mademoiselle Docteur (Movie)

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Saraband for Dead Lovers (Movie)

Count Philip Koenigsmark (Actor)

So This Is London (Movie)

Lawrence (Actor)

Soldiers Three (Movie)

Pvt. Archibald Ackroyd (Actor)

The Wild North (Movie)

Jules Vincent (Actor)

Young Bess (Movie)

Thomas Seymour (Actor)

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.

Relationships

Lindsay Granger

Daughter
mother, Elspeth March survived him

Samantha Granger

Daughter
survived him

Tracy Granger

Daughter
born 1956 mother, Jean Simmons survived him

James Granger

Son
mother, Elspeth March survived him

Elspeth March

Wife
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
married in 1950 divorced in 1960 costarred with Granger in "Adam and Evelyne" (1949), "Young Bess" (1953) and "Footsteps in the Fog" (1955)

EDUCATION

Epsom School of Art

Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art

Milestones

1992

Appeared in the made-for-Cinemax interview documentary, "Ava Gardner"

1991

Made final stage appearance opposite Rex Harrison and Glynis Johns in an adaptation of Somerset Maugham's "The Circle"

1988

Made final feature film, "Hell Hunters"

1982

Played Prince Philip in the TV-movie, "The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana"

1972

Played Sherlock Holmes in a TV-movie adaptation of "The Hound of the Baskervilles"

1968

TV-movie debut, "Any Second Now"

1965

Began making films in West Germany

1962

Began making films in Italy with his roles in "Sodom and Gomorrah" and "The Swordsman of Siena"

1958

Returned to Great Britain to make two films

1957

Left MGM

1956

Became an American citizen

1955

Returned briefly to Great Britain to co-star opposite wife Jean Simmons in "Footsteps in the Fog"

1950

First American film, "King Solomon's Mines"

1949

Signed with MGM

1942

Vaulted to star status with his role in "The Man in Grey", which also made stars of Phyllis Calvert, Margaret Lockwood and James Mason

1941

Began playing leading roles in British films

1939

Film career began in earnest with "So This Is London"

1936

Acted in the Malvern Theatre Festivals

1935

Began as a repertory actor; worked with companies in Hull and Birmingham

1933

Made film debut in a bit part in "A Southern Maid"

Starred as Colonel Alan MacKenzie opposite James Drury and Doug McClure on the NBC western series "The Men from Shiloh"

Served with the Black Watch regiment during WWII; invalided out

Acted on the London stage with Vivien Leigh in "Serena Blandish"

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

Bonus Trivia

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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.

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

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

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