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Net Worth$14 Million
Date Of BirthOctober 26, 1962
SpouseLisa Marie Kubikoff
FactAs a student in Sarah Lawrence College in 1980, he studied acting, philosophy and history. He also studied German Expressionist Film in college. Despite his parents' wealth, Elwes supplemented his income by working his way through school.

Cary Elwes was born in Westminster, London, on October 26, 1962. His parents are Dominick Elwes, a dealer in modern art, and Tessa Kennedy, an English socialite. He has two sisters, Cass and Cecilia. His great-grandfather was the British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin. Elwes was educated at Harrow School and then at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Elwes made his film debut in the 1981 historical drama The Great Muppet Caper. He went on to appear in such films as Terry Gilliam’s Brazil (1985), Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993), The Crush (1993), The Jungle Book (1994), Twister (1996), and Liar Liar (1997).

Elwes’ most famous role is that of Westley in the 1987 fantasy adventure film The Princess Bride. He has also appeared in the television series The X-Files (1998), Psych (2006-2014), and The Americans (2013-2018).

Elwes has been married twice. His first wife was actress Lisa Marie Kurbikoff. They were married from 1987 to 1992. His second wife is actress and producer Ally Sheedy. They have been married since 2008. Elwes has two children from his first marriage, Dominick and Lily.

Elwes stands 6 feet tall and has blue eyes and brown hair.

General Info

Full NameCary Elwes
Net Worth$14 Million
Date Of BirthOctober 26, 1962
Height1.83 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Voice Actor, Author
EducationSarah Lawrence College, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Harrow School, Actors Studio, Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute


SpouseLisa Marie Kubikoff
ChildrenDominique Elwes
ParentsDominick Elwes, Tessa Kennedy
SiblingsCassian Elwes, Damian Elwes, Milica Kastner, Dillon Kastner


NominationsMTV Movie Award for Best Scared-As-Shit Performance, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Memoir & Autobiography, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
MoviesThe Princess Bride, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Saw, Saw VII, Twister, Hot Shots!, Ella Enchanted, The Crush, Liar Liar, Kiss the Girls, Glory, Days of Thunder, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Shadow of the Vampire, Lady Jane, No Strings Attached, Georgia Rule, The Cat's Meow, Cradle Will Rock, Being Charlie,...
TV ShowsThe X-Files, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

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1(On first meeting André the Giant) I met him at the read-through at the Dorchester Hotel in London. I saw his hand first, through the door. And there was a collective gasp from everyone in the room. The only people who had met him were Rob (Reiner) and [screenwriter] Bill Goldman. This huge smile came in, and everyone got up to meet him. He was huge in Japan, you know. They offered to fly him out there any time, because giants are considered lucky. People would run across the street just to touch him.
2(On making The Princess Bride (1987)) It was a wonderfully supportive set, and that's a great atmosphere for being creative. An atmosphere of fun, is an atmosphere where the mind is more likely to come up with great stuff.
3On preparing his role as young Karol Wojtyla for Pope John Paul II (2005): "I was blessed enough to meet Pope John Paul when I was 22 years old in the Vatican; I had that privilege. My mother took me to visit him, and I remember distinctly his incredible charisma and personal charm and his warmth and compassion. You felt it immediately the minute you met him, and that spirit I came away with, having met the man, is something that I've been constantly working on to infuse the character with. My mother is a very devout Catholic. Her criticism will be the one I pay the most attention to."
4I like historical pieces. History was my favorite subject in school, it was the only subject I excelled in. I love the idea of history and the idea that we may have the opportunity to learn from our past mistakes.
5"I take away something from every role. I'm still learning and that's what life is about." (People 2/6/95)


1He has two roles in common with Barrie Ingham: (1) Ingham played Paris of Troy in Doctor Who: Small Prophet, Quick Return (1965), Doctor Who: Death of a Spy (1965) and Doctor Who: Horse of Destruction (1965) and Elwes played him in Hercules: Hercules and the Trojan War (1998) and (2) Ingham played Robin Hood in A Challenge for Robin Hood (1967) and Elwes played him in Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993).
2His maternal grandmother, born Daska Marija Ivanovic-Banac, was of half Croatian Jewish (from her own father) and half Serbian (from her own mother) descent. Cary's other ancestry is English, with some Scottish and Irish (including distant American-born ancestors).
3Cary is the son of shipping heiress and interior designer Tessa Kennedy, who eloped with Cary's father, painter Dominick Elwes. Cary's stepfather, American producer Elliott Kastner, set up a production base at Pinewood Studios in Britain.
4Studied with Julie Bavasso at Sarah Lawrence.
5Attending the Texas Frightmare Weekend in Dallas, TX as part of the Saw (2004) panel. [April 2011]
6His stage name "Cary Elwes" is actually his surname. The surname "Cary Elwes" was shortened to "Elwes" in some branches of his family.
7He said after The Princess Bride (1987), he was getting lots of offers to act in several costume period pieces. He turned most of them down because he didn't want to be typecast, as he had already starred in period pieces, mostly as a romantic love interest, in the previous films Another Country (1984), Lady Jane (1986), and Maschenka (1987). In contrast, he later starred in several films as a villain, which include Leather Jackets (1992), Twister (1996), The Jungle Book (1994),Ella Enchanted (2004), The Riverman (2004) to name a few.
8Brother of artist Damian Elwes.
9Older half-brother of Milica Kastner and Dillon Kastner from his mother's marriage with Elliott Kastner.
10Entered Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, to study drama but left after two years. Also studied at the London Drama Centre.
11Is the ambassador for the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund with UNICEF. As ambassador, he traveled to Banda Aceh, Indonesia for the documentary "The Children of the Tsunami", which was filmed 90 days after the tsunami of December 2003 to document the damage and recovery efforts.
12Was personally offered by Trevor Nunn, Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), to join the RSC after starring in Nunn's film Lady Jane (1986). Elwes turned down the offer in order to continue working in films.
13Father was Dominick Elwes (August 1931-September 1975), a portrait painter and Mayfair figure. Parents divorced when Cary was young. A sufferer of manic depression, Dominick was less of a commercial success compared to his artist father Simon Elwes. Dominick was later ostracized by a close circle of friends because of his link to the notorious Lord Lucan. He committed suicide at age 44.
14Brother Cassian Elwes was a studio head at the William Morris Agency.
15Nicknamed "The Next Errol Flynn" by Mel Brooks. Brooks said, "He can do comedy and drama".
16Played a number of villainous roles. His first role as a villain was in Leather Jackets (1992).
17Prepares intensely for most of his acting roles. (For example, for Days of Thunder (1990), he had to rely on practical research to meet the physical demands of playing a race car driver. For his role as Air Force Colonel James Burton in The Pentagon Wars (1998), he spent a few days in Burton's home interviewing him and poring over his BFV files, and even filing boxes of Burton's Bradley documents and giving every page back to Burton.).
18Is an accomplished horseman.
19Cousin of Amanda Elwes.
20Raised as a Catholic. He was an altar boy at Brompton Oratory in London. His father and paternal grandfather were also Catholics. His father's side includes several prominent Catholic clerics, and his paternal great-grandfather was Chamberlain to the Pope. His mother is a former Protestant-turned-Catholic.
21Daughter, Dominique, was born on April 24, 2007.
22Is a distant relative of the famed Lord Carnarvon who funded archaeologist Howard Carter's expedition which uncovered the tomb of King Tutankhamun in 1923; he is also a distant nephew of Tudor King Henry VIII of England, and is a distant nephew of King Henry's third wife, Jane Seymour.
23Met his wife Lisa Marie in 1991 at a Malibu chili cook-off.
24His paternal grandfather was the famous portrait-painter Simon Elwes, and his other prominent ancestors include his great-grandfathers, tenor Gervase Elwes, diplomat James Rennell Rodd, 1st Baron Rennell, industrialist Ivan Rikard Ivanovic, and his great-great-great-grandfather, Alexander Kennedy, a civil/electrical engineer and academic.
25His very devout Catholic mother (former Protestant) took him to meet Pope John Paul II in the Vatican when Cary was 22 years old. Cary portrayed the young pontiff in the docudrama Pope John Paul II (2005).
26For the video game The Bard's Tale (2004), he spent at least 20 hours in Los Angeles and London recording studios to bring his title character to life. In order for his character to converse with nonplayable characters in either a 'snarky' or 'nice' tone, both leavened with comic relief, Cary had to record two responses for every interaction - a total of 1,200 lines and a lot of his own script improvising.
27As a student in Sarah Lawrence College in 1980, he studied acting, philosophy and history. He also studied German Expressionist Film in college. Despite his parents' wealth, Elwes supplemented his income by working his way through school.
28Was a projectionist at school.
29Having been a dramatic actor, he had never done a comedy prior to his acclaimed performance in The Princess Bride (1987).
30Played a filmmaker 4 times: as John Houseman in Cradle Will Rock (1999), as Fritz Arno Wagner in Shadow of the Vampire (2000), as Fritz Hippler in Uprising (2001), and as Thomas H. Ince in The Cat's Meow (2001).
31Made his film debut in Marek Kanievska's award-winning drama Another Country (1984). Based on that performance, Cary was chosen by renowned Director of The Royal Shakespeare Company, Trevor Nunn, to star opposite Helena Bonham Carter in the highly acclaimed historical epic Lady Jane (1986).
32Last name is pronounced El-wez.
33Was chosen for the part of Westley in The Princess Bride (1987) after Rob Reiner saw him in Lady Jane (1986). He spent weeks training in fencing with both his left hand and right hand while performing acrobatics.
34His recurring character on The X-Files (1993)'s 9th season, FBI Assistant Director Brad Follmer, is named after the show's creator/executive producer Chris Carter's assistant, Brad Follmer.
35Stepson of Elliott Kastner.
36He has had cameo appearences in several movies that his brother, Cassian Elwes, produced such as The Chase (1994) and Never on Tuesday (1989).
37Became engaged in Paris to Lisa Marie Kurbikoff. [December 1997]




Don't Sleep2017completedDr. Richard Sommers
Billionaire Boys Club2017post-productionAndy Warhol
The First2017/IIpost-productionD.W. Griffith
The Gettysburg Address2017Documentary post-productionJohn P. Jones (voice)
Burning at Both Endspost-productionJacques
Butterfly in the Typewriterpre-productionKingsley Amis
MaxTV Movie completedKen
Life in Pieces2016-2017TV SeriesProfessor Sinclair Wilde
We Don't Belong Here2017Frank Harper
Workaholics2017TV SeriesFox
Sugar Mountain2016Jim Huxley
La reina de España2016Gary Jones
The Art of More2015-2016TV SeriesArthur Davenport
Elephant Kingdom2016Rock (voice)
Sofia the First2015-2016TV SeriesBasil / Prince Roderick
Family Guy2014-2016TV SeriesCharles Dickens Dr. Watson Watson
Indiscretion2016TV MovieJake Simon
Lost & Found2016/IIIJohn Broman
A Haunting in Cawdor2015Lawrence O'Neil
Being Charlie2015David Mills
H8RZ2015Principal Donato
A Mouse Tale2015Sir Thaddeus (voice)
Reach Me2014Kersey
Teen Lust2014Sheldon
Behaving Badly2014Joseph Stevens
Granite Flats2014TV SeriesHugh Ashmeade
A Bit of Bad Luck2014Brooks
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey2014TV Mini-Series documentaryEdmond Halley / Robert Hooke
Resan till Fjäderkungens Rike2014Jonah's Father (English version, voice)
Psych2009-2014TV SeriesPierre Despereaux
Horizon2013TV MovieMax Hartman
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox2013VideoAquaman (voice)
Anna Nicole2013TV MovieE. Pierce Marshall
She Loves Me Not2013Brady Olinson
Armed Response2013Joshua
Hansel & Gretel Get Baked2013Meter Man
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two2012Video GameGremlin Gus (voice)
The Citizen2012Miller
The Story of Luke2012Uncle Paul
The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure2012Bobby Wobbly
Perception2012TV SeriesBritish Intelligence Officer
Leverage2012TV SeriesScott Roemer
Delhi Safari2012Sultan Bee Commander (English version, voice)
Camilla Dickinson2012Rafferty Dickinson
Wonder Woman2011TV MovieHenry Johns
New Year's Eve2011Stan's Doctor (segment "Hospital Story")
The Adventures of Tintin2011Pilot (voice)
Hellgate2011Jeff Mathews
No Strings Attached2011/IDr. Metzner
Ghost of New Orleans2011Barry Fitzgerald
Tough Trade2010TV Movie
Saw 3D: The Final Chapter2010Dr. Gordon
Psych:92010Dr. Irvin Clement
Flying Lessons2010Steven Jennings
As Good as Dead2010Ethan Belfrage
A Christmas Carol2009Portly Gentleman #1 Dick Wilkins Mad Fiddler ...
Toys in the Attic2009Sir Handsome (English version, voice)
The Alphabet Killer2008Kenneth Shine
Walk the Talk2007Erik
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End2007Video GameBlack Bart (voice)
Georgia Rule2007Arnold
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2007TV SeriesSidney Truex
Factory Girl2006Sam Green (uncredited)
The Dread Pirate Roberts: Greatest Legend of the Seven Seas2006Video shortProfessor E. L. Rawscey
Haskett's Chance2006TV MovieMark Haskett / Chris Dalness
Pope John Paul II2005TV Mini-SeriesYoung Karol Wojtyla
Neo Ned2005Dr. Magnuson
The Bard's Tale2004Video GameThe Bard (voice)
The Riverman2004TV MovieTed Bundy
Ella Enchanted2004Edgar
American Crime2004VideoAlbert Bodine
Saw2004Dr. Lawrence Gordon
Comic Book Villains2002VideoCarter
Neko no ongaeshi2002The Baron (English version, voice)
The X-Files2001-2002TV SeriesBrad Follmer
Wish You Were Dead2001Mac 'Macbeth' Wilson
Uprising2001TV MovieDr. Fritz Hippler
The Cat's Meow2001Thomas Ince
Night Visions2001TV SeriesGerald (segment "Quiet Please")
Race Against Time2000TV MovieBurke
Shadow of the Vampire2000Fritz Arno Wagner
The Outer Limits1999TV SeriesDr. John York (Ripper Excerpt) / Dr. John York
Batman Beyond1999TV SeriesPaxton Powers
Cradle Will Rock1999John Houseman
Hercules1998TV SeriesParis of Troy
Quest for Camelot1998Garrett (voice)
Pinky and the Brain1998TV SeriesDirector / Hamlet
From the Earth to the Moon1998TV Mini-SeriesMichael Collins
The Pentagon Wars1998TV MovieColonel James Burton
Kiss the Girls1997Det. Nick Ruskin
The Informant1997Lt. David Ferris
Liar Liar1997Jerry
Seinfeld1996TV SeriesDavid
Twister1996Dr. Jonas Miller
Mimi wo sumaseba1995The Baron (English version, voice)
The Jungle Book1994Boone
Felidae1994Francis (US version, voice)
The Chase1994Steve Horsegroovy
Robin Hood: Men in Tights1993Robin Hood
The Crush1993Nick Eliot
Dracula1992Lord Arthur Holmwood
Porco Rosso1992Curtis (English version, voice)
Leather Jackets1992Dobbs
Hot Shots!1991Lt. Kent Gregory
Days of Thunder1990Russ Wheeler
Glory1989Maj. Cabot Forbes
Never on Tuesday1989Tow Truck Driver (uncredited)
The Princess Bride1987Westley
Lady Jane1986Guilford Dudley
The Bride1985Josef
Oxford Blues1984Lionel
Another Country1984James Harcourt
Yesterday's Hero1979Disco Dancer


Elvis & Nixon2016producer
Walk the Talk2007executive producer
Comic Book Villains2002Video co-producer
Leather Jackets1992associate producer


Elvis & Nixon2016screenplay


The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure2012performer: "Wobble with your Wiggle"


Factory Girl2006the producers wish to thank


Hollywood Today Live2016TV SeriesHimself
Sidewalks Entertainment2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 3rd Annual Noble Awards2015TV MovieHimself - Presenter
Drinking with the Stars2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
News and a Movie2015TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show2014TV SeriesHimself
Saw: Filmmaker Q&A2014Video shortHimself
The Queen Latifah Show2014TV SeriesHimself
Today2012-2014TV SeriesHimself - Behaving Badly / Himself - Guest
Home & Family2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks2013TV SpecialHimself
Indie Cinema Showcase2013TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest
The Magical World of Barta2013Video documentary shortHimself
Big Morning Buzz Live2012TV SeriesHimself
The Chew2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Celebrity Ghost Stories2012TV Series documentaryHimself
True Love: The Princess Bride Phenomenon2012Video documentary short
Greatest Ever Disaster Movies2007TV MovieHimself
The Blood Is the Life: The Making of 'Bram Stoker's Dracula'2007Video documentary shortHimself
Greatest Ever Comedy Movies2006TV MovieHimself
Absolute Power: The Making of Edison Force2006Video shortHimself
The View2005TV SeriesHimself
Hacking Away at 'Saw'2005Video documentary shortHimself
Porco Rosso: Behind the Microphone2005Video shortHimself
The Cat Returns: Behind the Microphone2005Video shortHimself
Ella Enchanted: A Red Carpet Premiere Special2004TV Movie documentaryInterviewee: Prince Regent Edgar
The Magical World of 'Ella Enchanted'2004TV Movie documentaryInterviewee: Prince Regent Edgar
The Wayne Brady Show2004TV SeriesHimself
As You Wish: The Story of 'The Princess Bride'2001Video documentary shortHimself
Resistance2001Video documentary shortHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2001TV SeriesHimself
7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2001TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Anatomy of a 'Twister'2000Video documentary shortHimself
The Directors1999TV Series documentaryHimself
HBO First Look1996-1998TV Series documentary shortHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment UK1993TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
John & Leeza from Hollywood1993TV SeriesHimself
Hot Shots: The Making of an Important Movie1991Video documentary shortHimself

Archive Footage

Edición Especial Coleccionista2011TV SeriesWestley
Scream Queens2010TV SeriesDr. Lawrence Gordon
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film2006DocumentaryHimself
World of Robin Hood2006TV Movie documentaryRobin Hood (uncredited)
Saw II2005Dr. Lawrence Gordon (uncredited)
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesHimself


Nominated Awards

2013BTVA Video Game Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a Video GameEpic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (2012)
2012FinalistPAGE International Screenwriting AwardsBest Historical FilmElvis & Nixon (2016)
2005MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest Frightened PerformanceSaw (2004)
2002Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionUprising (2001)
1999Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionThe Pentagon Wars (1998)
1998Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Supporting Actor - SuspenseKiss the Girls (1997)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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