Cary Elwes Biography

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Born: October 26, 1962


Birth name: Ivan Simon Cary Elwes

Date of Birth: October 26, 1962

Born in London, England, Elwes is the third son of the late portrait artist Dominic Elwes. He has two older brothers, Cassian, an L.A. film producer, and Damien, an artist. Elwes' parents divorced when he was nine years old. His mother later re-married American movie producer Elliot Kastner.

Elwes graduated from the famous Harrow school in England and moved to America to study acting at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York.

Elwes started out as aristocratic "old school" brats in such films as Another Country (1984) and Oxford Blues (1984), then was swept along with Sting, Jennifer Beals and Quentin Crisp in the publicity maelstrom attending the silly horror spoof The Bride (1985). The actor was shown to better advantage as the feckless hero of The Princess Bride (1986), director Rob Reiner's deliciously anachronistic fairy tale.

His career took off after that, playing roles in films such as Days of Thunder (1990), Dracula (1992), Liar Liar (1997) to mention a few, as well as doing voice work on animated features such as Quest for Camelot (1998), A Christmas Carol (2009) and TV's Hercules (1998).

Cary is interested in history and says, "It's deliberate that a lot of my films have been period pieces." Among the films he's played in that fit that category are Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993), The Cat's Meow (2001) and Ella Enchanted (2004).

For his role as Dr. Lawrence Gordon in the horror movie Saw, he received a 2005 MTV Movie Award nomination for "Best Frightened Performance." He returned for the third movie in the franchise—Saw 3D (2010). He again played a doctor in the romantic comedy No Strings Attached (2011) opposite Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher.

He continues to work steadily, mostly in independent productions such as Ghost of New Orleans (2017) and The Queen of Spain (2017) on the big screen. In 2018, moviegoers saw him take on the role of Andy Warhol in the film Billionaire Boys Club (2018), featuring Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, Emma Roberts and Kevin Spacey.

On TV, Cary joined the cast of the popular Netflix series Stranger Things, at the start of the third season in 2019.

Cary is politically active for causes he believes in such as helping Native American Peoples. He currently resides in Malibu, California with his wife, Lisa Marie, and their daughter.


Ghost of New Orleans (2017)
The Queen of Spain (2017)
Being Charlie (2016)
Sugar Mountain (2016)
Teen Lust (2015)
Behaving Badly (2014)
Reach Me (2014)
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013)
The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure (2012)
No Strings Attached (2011)
Saw: The Final Chapter (2010)
Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009)
Disney's A Christmas Carol 3D (2009)
Georgia Rule (2007)
The X-Files: The Ultimate Collection (2007)
Edison Force (2005)
Ella Enchanted (2004)
Saw (2004)
The Cat's Meow (2002)
Shadow Of The Vampire (2000)
The Cradle Will Rock (1999)
Quest For Camelot (1998)
Liar Liar (1997)
Twister (1996)
Days of Thunder (1990)
The Princess Bride (1987)

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