Cary Elwes

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Cary Elwes

Elwes attending Collectormania in London on 27 November 2010.
BornIvan Simon Cary Elwes
(1962-10-26) 26 October 1962 (age 49)
Westminster, London, England
OccupationActor
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Lisa Marie Kurbikoff (m. 2000) «start: (2000)»"Marriage: Lisa Marie Kurbikoff to Cary Elwes" Location: (linkback://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cary_Elwes)
ChildrenDominique (b. 2007)
ParentsDominick Elwes
Tessa Georgina Kennedy
RelativesCassian Elwes (brother)
Damian Elwes (brother)
 
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Cary Elwes

Elwes attending Collectormania in London on 27 November 2010.
BornIvan Simon Cary Elwes
(1962-10-26) 26 October 1962 (age 49)
Westminster, London, England
OccupationActor
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Lisa Marie Kurbikoff (m. 2000) «start: (2000)»"Marriage: Lisa Marie Kurbikoff to Cary Elwes" Location: (linkback://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cary_Elwes)
ChildrenDominique (b. 2007)
ParentsDominick Elwes
Tessa Georgina Kennedy
RelativesCassian Elwes (brother)
Damian Elwes (brother)

Ivan Simon Cary Elwes (/ˈɛlwɪs/; born 26 October 1962),[1][2] known professionally as Cary Elwes, is an English actor and voice actor. The son of painter Dominick Elwes and designer Tessa Georgina Kennedy, Elwes acted in off-Broadway plays during college and moved to the United States in the early 1980s. He is known for his roles as Westley in the classic film The Princess Bride, Arthur Holmwood in Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula and for his role as Dr. Lawrence Gordon in Saw.

He has also appeared in box office hits such as Days of Thunder, Hot Shots!, Twister, Liar, Liar and New Year's Eve.[3] He has had recurring roles in television series such as The X-Files playing Brad Follmer and Psych playing Pierre Despereaux.

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Early life and education

Elwes was born in Westminster, London. He is the third and youngest son of portrait-painter Dominick Elwes[4] and interior designer Tessa Georgina Kennedy, who is of Croatian, Anglo-Irish, and Scottish descent. His paternal grandfather was painter Simon Elwes,[5] whose father was the diplomat and tenor Gervase Elwes (1866–1921).[6] His brothers are Damian Elwes, an artist,[5] and Cassian Elwes, a producer and agent.[4] He was the stepson of Elliott Kastner, an American film producer.[4] One of his ancestors is John Elwes, who is believed to be the inspiration for Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol (1843)[7] (Elwes played five roles in the 2009 film adaptation of the novel).[7]

He was brought up as a Roman Catholic.[8] Elwes attended Harrow School in London[5] and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.[9] His parents divorced when he was 4 years old, and his father later committed suicide in 1975 when Elwes was 13.[10] Elwes moved to the United States in 1981 to study acting at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York.[11] While living in New York, Elwes studied acting at both the Actors Studio[11] and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.[9]

Career

Film

Elwes made his acting debut in 1984 with Marek Kanievska's film Another Country. He played James Harcourt, a young and sentimental homosexual student from an English boarding school.[5] He went on to play Guilford Dudley in the British film Lady Jane, co-starring Helena Bonham Carter. He was cast as a stable boy turned swashbuckler Westley in Rob Reiner's fantasy-comedy The Princess Bride, based on the novel of the same name by William Goldman. It was a modest box office success,[12] but received critical acclaim, earning a score of 96% on the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes.[13] Since being released on home video and television it has become a cult classic.[12] In an interview around the film's DVD release in 2001, Elwes said, "The studio didn't know how to sell it – as an adventure, fantasy, comedy or love story, it had to rely on word of mouth". He also acknowledged the film's cult following saying, "Many people tell me they have it in their video collection, it's a family film but also a cult film in a way, being passed down to other generations".[14]

Elwes in 2010.

He continued working steadily, varying between dramatic roles, as in The Bride (1985) with Sting and Jennifer Beals, to the Academy Award-winning Glory (1989), and comedic roles, as in Hot Shots! (1991). In 1993, he starred as Robin Hood in Mel Brooks's comedy, Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Elwes also appeared in such films as Francis Coppola's adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Crush, Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, Twister, Liar Liar, Cradle Will Rock, The Cat's Meow and Kiss the Girls.

In 2004, he starred in the horrorthriller Saw which, at a budget of a little over $1 million, grossed over $100 million worldwide.[15] Entertainment Weekly critic Owen Gleiberman gave him a negative review, describing his performance as overacting.[16] The same year he appeared in Ella Enchanted, portraying the villain rather than the hero. He made an uncredited appearance as Sam Green, the man who introduced Andy Warhol to Edie Sedgwick, in the 2006 film Factory Girl. In 2007, he appeared in Garry Marshall's Georgia Rule with Jane Fonda. He also starred in the mystery thriller Shadows.[17]

Elwes portrayed Dr. Clement in the psychological thriller Psych 9 (2010).[18] Elwes returned to the Saw franchise in Saw 3D (2010), the seventh and final film in the series, as Dr. Lawrence Gordon.[19] Elwes was set to portray George Harrison in Zemeckis's 3D performance capture re-telling of Yellow Submarine;[20] however in May 2011, Disney withdrew from the project, leaving its fate uncertain.[21] He played Bobbly Wobbly in The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure; filming was completed in late 2009 and is awaiting release.[22] Elwes filmed a film adaptation of Camilla Dickinson in late 2010 where he played Rafferty Dickinson. It is awaiting release.[23] In 2012, Elwes will appear in the independent drama The Citizen.[24]

Elwes attending a premiere of Saw 3D

On 23 October 2011, Variety reported that Elwes will make his directorial debut with an independent film, Elvis & Nixon. Eric Bana and Danny Huston signed on to portray Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon, respectively. Elwes wrote the script with Joey Sagal and Hanala Sagal, which is "inspired by a true historical event". Michael Benaroya will finance the film (through Benaroya Pictures) and will be shot in Los Angeles and Shreveport, Louisiana on an unspecified date.[25]

Television

In 1996, Elwes made his first television appearance as David Lookner on the sitcom Seinfeld. In 1998, he played astronaut Michael Collins in the Golden Globe Award-winning HBO miniseries From the Earth To the Moon. In 1999, he guest starred as Dr. John York in an episode of the television series The Outer Limits. He earned two Golden Satellite Award nominations for his performances in the television films The Pentagon Wars and Uprising. Elwes had a recurring role in the final season (from 2001 to 2002) of The X-Files as FBI Assistant Director Brad Follmer. In 2004, he played serial killer Ted Bundy in the A&E Network television film The Riverman, which was based on the book The Riverman: Ted Bundy and I Hunt for the Green River Killer written by Robert D. Keppel. In 2005, Elwes played the young Pope John Paul II in the CBS television film Pope John Paul II.

In 2007, he made a guest appearance on the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Dependent" as a Mafia lawyer. In 2009, he played the role of Pierre Despereaux, an international art thief, in the fourth season premiere of Psych.[26] In 2010, he returned to Psych, reprising his role in the second half of the fifth season, and again in the show's sixth season.[27] In March 2011, Elwes was selected to appear as Henry Detmer in the pilot episode of NBC's Wonder Woman.[28] However, the show was never picked up for a series.[29]

Voiceovers

Elwes' voice-over work includes the narrator in James Patterson's audio book The Jester,[30] as well as characters in film and television animations such as Quest for Camelot, Pinky and The Brain, Batman Beyond, and the English versions of the Studio Ghibli films Porco Rosso, Whisper of the Heart and The Cat Returns. For the 2004 video game The Bard's Tale, he served as scriptwriter, improviser, and voice actor of the main character The Bard. In 2011, Elwes performed the English voice over for Indian film, Delhi Safari.[31] He appeared in Robert Zemeckis's motion capture adaption of A Christmas Carol, which was released to mixed reviews. In 2012, Elwes will play the part of Gremlin Gus in Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two.

Elwes appeared in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Belgian artist Hergé's popular comic strip The Adventures of Tintin.

Theatre

While still in college in the 1980s, Elwes acted in off-Broadway plays.[5] In 2003 he performed in Bob Balaban-directed Off-Broadway dramatic stage play The Exonerated in New York during its 18–23 March, week run.[32]

Personal life

Elwes met still photographer Lisa Marie Kurbikoff in 1991 at a Malibu chili cook-off and became engaged in 1997.[33] They married in 2000 and have one child together, a daughter named Dominique born on 24 April 2007.[34]

In August 2005, Elwes filed a lawsuit against Evolution Entertainment, his management firm and producer of Saw. He said he was promised a minimum of one percent of the producers' net profits of the film and did not receive the full amount.[35] The case eventually settled out of court. In 2010, he went on to reprise his role in Saw 3D.[36]

Filmography

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1979Yesterday's HeroDisco Dancer
1984Another CountryJames Harcourt
Oxford BluesLionel
1985Bride, TheThe BrideCaptain Josef Schoden
1986Lady JaneGuilford Dudley
1987MaschenkaGanin
Princess Bride, TheThe Princess BrideWestley/The Dread Pirate Roberts
1988Never on TuesdayTow Truck DriverUncredited
1989GloryMajor Cabot Forbes
1990Days of ThunderRuss Wheeler
1991Hot Shots!Lieutenant Kent Gregory
1992Bram Stoker's DraculaLord Arthur Holmwood
Kurenai no butaCurtisaka Porco Rosso
Voice English version
Leather JacketsDobbs
1993Robin Hood: Men in TightsRobin Hood
Crush, TheThe CrushNick Eliot
1994Jungle Book, TheThe Jungle BookCaptain William Boone
Chase, TheThe ChaseSteve Horsegroovy
1995Whisper of the heartBaron Humbert von JikkingenVoice English version
1996TwisterDr. Jonas Miller
1997Kiss the GirlsDetective Nick Ruskin/CasanovaNominated – Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Best Supporting Actor
Informant, TheThe InformantLieutenant David Ferris
Liar LiarJerry
1998Quest for CamelotGarrettVoice
1999Cradle Will RockJohn Houseman
2000Shadow of the VampireFritz Arno "Firtzy" Wagner
2001Cat's Meow, TheThe Cat's MeowThomas H. Ince
2002Wish You Were DeadMac "Macbeth" Wilson
The Cat ReturnsBaron Humbert von GikkingenVoice English version
Comic Book VillainsCarterDirect-to-video
2004SawDr. Lawrence GordonNominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Frightened Performance
Ella EnchantedSir Edgar
American CrimeAlbert BodineDirect-to-video
2005EdisonReigertaka Edison Force
Neo NedDr. Magnuson
Cat Returns, TheThe Cat ReturnsThe BaronVoice (English dub)
2006Whisper of the HeartThe BaronVoice (English dub)
National Lampoon's PuckedNormanaka National Lampoon's The Trouble with Frank
Factory GirlSam GreenUncredited
2007Walk the TalkErik
Georgia RuleArnold
2008Alphabet Killer, TheThe Alphabet KillerCapt. Kenneth Shine
2009A Christmas CarolPortly Gentleman #1/Dick Wilkins/Mad Fiddler/Guest #2/Business Man #1
2010Psych 9Dr. Clement
Flying LessonsSteven Jennings
As Good as DeadEthan Belfrage
ShadowsJeff Mathews
Little MurderBarry Fitzgerald
Saw 3DDr. Lawrence Gordon
2011No Strings AttachedDr. Metzner
Delhi SafariEnglish voiceover
The Adventures of TintinPilot
New Year's EveStan's doctorNominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Ensemble
The Story of LukeUncle PaulAwaiting release
Camilla DickinsonRafferty DickinsonPost-production
2012The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon AdventureBobby Wobbly
The CitizenPost-production
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1996SeinfeldDavid LooknerEpisode: "The Wait Out"
1998Pentagon Wars, TheThe Pentagon WarsLt. Col. James BurtonHBO television film
From the Earth to the MoonMichael CollinsEpisodes: "Can We Do This"
"1968"
"Mare Tranquilitatis"
Pinky and the BrainDirector / HamletVoice
Episodes:
"Brainie the Poo/Melancholy Brain"
"Whatever Happened to Baby Brain/Just Say Narf"
HerculesParis of TroyVoice
Episode: "Hercules and the Trojan War"
1999Outer Limits, TheThe Outer LimitsDr. John YorkEpisode: "Ripper"
Batman BeyondPaxton PowersEpisode: "Ascension"
2000Race Against TimeBurkeTelevision film
2001Night VisionsGeraldEpisode: "Quiet Please"
UprisingDr. Fritz HipplerTelevision film
2001–2002X-Files, TheThe X-FilesFBI Assistant Director Brad FollmerEpisodes:
"Nothing Important Happened Today"
"Nothing Important Happened Today II"
"4-D"
"Provenance"
"Providence"
"Release"
2004Riverman, TheThe RivermanTed BundyTelevision film
2005Pope John Paul IIYoung Karol WojtylaTV mini-series
2006Haskett's ChanceTelevision film
2007Law & Order: Special Victims UnitSidney TruexEpisode: "Dependent"
2009–2012PsychPierre DespereauxEpisodes:
"Extradition: British Columbia"
"Extradition II: The Actual Extradition Part"
"Indiana Shawn and the Temple of the Kinda Crappy, Rusty Old Dagger"
2011Wonder Woman (2011 TV pilot)Henry DetmerPilot episode (Unsold pilot)
2012LeverageScott RoemerEpisode: "The (Very) Big Bird Job"
2012PerceptionBritish Intelligence OfficerEpisode: "Cipher"

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