Cary Elwes

Cary Elwes


10/26/1962, London, England, UK

Birth Name

Ivan Simon Cary Elwes


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Cary Elwes is the third son born to Interior Designer Tessa Kennedy, and the late Portrait Painter, Dominic Elwes. He grew up in London and attended Harrow. After graduating from Harrow, he moved to the United States and studied acting at Sarah Lawrence. He left school after several…more


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    • Cary Elwes: Any actor should be grateful if he's remembered for one movie in their lifetime.

    • Cary Elwes: Honestly, we're happy that people are still watching it [The Princess Bride] now. I have people coming up to me and telling me that they got married to the music in the movie, people naming their kids Westley and Buttercup. Absurdly wonderful.

    • Cary Elwes: I was a projectionist in school, kinda like in "Cinema Paradiso". When I got to the states in New York, I found out you can earn college credits by studying film. So I've always been fascinated by film from a very young age. I can bore people with my trivia knowledge.

    • Cary Elwes: I tell people that I'm British by birth but American by choice.

    • Cary Elwes: (about his part in the movie "Saw") I hadn't really done horror since Dracula. And I'd not really played a victim for a long time. I mostly get cast in the bad guy roles or the smug character. This was a bit of both. This was a character who was both smug and self-involved and conceived, and had become complacent, both in the workplace and at home with his marriage, and finds himself getting his comeuppance by waking up chained to a pipe by Jigsaw.

    • Cary Elwes: (about making "The Princess Bride") 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.

    • Cary Elwes: (On playing villains) You get all the best lines.

    • Cary Elwes: When I work, I live in a fantasy world. It's great. I get to play different characters who inspire me.

    • Cary Elwes: (On always acting in historical period pieces) I 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.

    • Cary Elwes: I consider myself a student, both in my work and my life, and I'm constantly learning and I'm constantly grateful for that.

    • Cary Elwes: (on playing Pope John Paul in a biopic) I was blessed enough to meet Pope John Paul when I was about 19 or 20 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.

    • Cary Elwes: I take away something from every role. I'm still learning and that's what life is about.