Cary Elwes Biography, Age, Career, Marital Status, Salary and Net Worth

Who is Cary Elwes?

Ivan Simon Cary Elwes is a professional English actor and writer. He is recognized for his leading movie role as Westley in The Princess Bride (1987), Robin Hood in Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993), and Dr. Lawrence Gordon in the Saw movie series.

Cary Elwes

Elwes is also recognized for his performance in movies such as Glory (1989), Hot Shots! (1991), The Jungle Book (1994), Days of Thunder (1990), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), Twister (1996), Kiss the Girls (1997). As well as Liar Liar (1997), Cradle Will Rock (1999), Shadow of the Vampire (2000), The Cat’s Meow (2001), Ella Enchanted (2004), The Alphabet Killer (2008), A Christmas Carol (2009) and No Strings Attached (2011). Elwes has appeared on TV in various series consisting of The X-Files, Seinfeld, From the Earth to the Moon, Psych, Life in Pieces, Stranger Things, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Cary Elwes career


Cary made his acting debut with Marek Kanievska’s movie Another Country in 1984. The film was loosely based on the English boarding school exploits of British spies Philby, Burgess, and MacLean. He portrayed James Harcourt, a gay student. Elwes then played Guilford Dudley in the British historical drama movie Lady Jane, alongside Helena Bonham Carter. He was later cast as a stable-boy-turned-swashbuckler Westley in Rob Reiner’s fantasy-comedy The Princess Bride (1987), based on the novel of the same title by William Goldman. The film was a modest box office success, but got critical acclaim, receiving a score of 97% on the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. The movie has become a cult classic, since being launched on home video and television.

Cary went on to work steadily, playing dramatic roles including in the Oscar-winning Glory (1989) and comedic roles such as in Hot Shots! (1991). He also played a rival driver to Tom Cruis in Days of Thunder (1990). Elwes starred as Robin Hood in Mel Brooks’s comedy, Robin Hood: Men in Tights in 1993. He then appeared in supporting roles in such movies as Francis Ford Coppola’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), The Crush (1993), The Jungle Book (1994), Twister (1996), Liar Liar (1997), and Kiss the Girls.

Elwes played famed theatre and film producer John Houseman for Tim Robbins in his ensemble film based on Orson Welles’s musical, Cradle Will Rock in 1999. After that, he traveled to Luxembourg to work with John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe in Shadow of the Vampire. He co-starred in Peter Bogdanovich’s ensemble movie The Cat’s Meow in 2001. Elwes portrayed movie mogul Thomas Ince, who died mysteriously while vacationing with William Randolph Hearst on his yacht.


Cary starred in the horror-thriller Saw in 2004, with a budget of a little over $1 million, grossing more than $100 million worldwide. He then appeared in Ella Enchanted, in the same year as the villain, not the hero. Elwes then made an uncredited appearance as Sam Green, the man who introduced Andy Warhol to Edie Sedgwick, in the 2006 movie Factory Girl. He later appeared in Garry Marshall’s Georgia Rule alongside Jane Fonda in 2007. Elwes went back to the Saw franchise in Saw 3D (2010), the seventh film in the series, as Dr. Lawrence Gordon in 2010. He was picked by Ivan Reitman to star together with Natalie Portman in No Strings Attached in 2011. Later that year, he and Garry Marshall teamed up again in the ensemble romantic comedy New Year’s Eve alongside Halle Berry and Robert de Niro.

Elwes starred in the independent drama The Citizen in 2012. The next year he joined Selena Gomez for the comedy ensemble, Behaving Badly directed by Tim Garrick. Elwes then completed Sugar Mountain directed by Richard Gray in 2015: the drama We Don’t Belong Here alongside Catherine Keener and Anton Yelchin directed by Peer Pedersen. As well as Being Charlie which reunited him with director Rob Reiner after 28 years and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. He then starred alongside Penelope Cruz in Fernando Trueba’s Spanish-language period pic The Queen of Spain in 2016. The film was a sequel to Trueba’s 1998 drama Girl of Your Dreams. It also re-united Elwes with his Princess Bride co-star, Mandy Patinkin.

How old is Cary Elwes?

Ivan Simon Cary Elwes is aged 59 as of 2021, having been born on October 26, 1962, in Westminster, London, England. He shares his birthday with famous people including Hillary Clinton, Drew Gooden, Seth MacFarlane, Keith Urban, CM Punk, Bootsy Collins, Dylan McDermott, Hillary Rodham, among others. Elwes was recently bitten by a rattlesnake in 2022.

Cary Elwes Family

Who are Cary Elwes’s parents?

Cary Elwes was born in Westminster, London to Dominic Elwes and Tessa Kennedy. His father was a portrait painter and his mother was an interior designer and socialite. His parents divorced when he was four years old and his stepfather, Elliot Kastner, was an American film producer and the first American to start independent film production in the U.K. Elwes was raised as a Roman Catholic and was an altar boy although he did not attend denominational schools as most of the men on his father’s side including his father. His father died of suicide when Elwes was aged 13. Elwes belongs of English, Scottish, Irish, Croatian-Jewish, and Serbian descent.

Cary Elwes

Cary’s paternal grandfather was the portrait painter Simon Elwes, whose own father was the diplomat and tenor Gervase Elwes (1866-1921). His other grandfathers consist of the diplomat Rennell Rodd, 1st Baron Rennel, and industrialist Ivan Rikard Ivanovic. His maternal grandmother Daska McLean, has a second husband Billy McLean who was an operative for Special Operations Executive during World War II.

Does Cary Elwes have siblings?

Elwes was born to his parents in a family of four children. He has two older brothers, artist Damian Elwes and film producer Cassian Elwes and two half-siblings, sister, Milica Kastner, and brother Dillion Kastner. Milica, who was a producer, died in 2021, after battling Stage 4 cancer for over a year.

Cary Elwes Education

Elwes attended Harrow School and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He then moved to the U.S. to study at Sarh Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. Here he studied acting at the Actors Studio and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, under the tutelage of Al Pacino’s mentor, Charlie Laughton.

Cary Elwes Interests

Elwes is recognized for his feud with Republican Texas Senator and Princess Bride fan Ted Cruz. He initiated the 2020 fundraiser that re-united numerous Princess Bride cast members to support Joe Biden in the battleground state of Wisconsin. The reunion raised over $4 million for Wisconsin Democrats.

Cary Elwes Wife

Elwes met with Lisa Marie Kurbikoff, a photographer in 1991, at a chili cook-off in Malibu, California. In 1997 they got engaged and married in 2000. The couple currently has one child together and lives in Malibu.

Cary Elwes Kids

Elwes and his beautiful and supportive wife Lisa have one child in their marriage together. Their child is a daughter, Dominique Elwes, born on April 24, 2007.

Cary Elwes Height

Elwes has a well-built, muscular and energetic body, adding up to an average height of 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) and weighs 74 kg (163 lbs).


Cary made his first TV appearance as David Lookner on Seinfeld in 1996. After two years he portrayed astronaut Michael Collins in the Golden Globe Award-winning HBO miniseries From the Earth To the Moon. He was then nominated for a Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV for his portrayal of Colonel James Burton in The Pentagon Wars directed by Richard Benjamin the next year. In 1998, Elwes guest-starred as Dr. John York in an episode of the television series The Outer Limits. Briefly afterward he got another Golden Satellite Award nomination for his work on the ensemble NBC Television movie Uprising alongside Jon Voight directed by Jon Avnet. He had a recurring role in the final season (from 2001 to 2002) of Chris Carter’s hit series The X-Files as FBI Assistant Director Brad Follmer.

Elwes played serial killer Ted Bundy in the A&E Network movie The Riverman in 2004. The film became one of the highest-rated original films in the network’s history and garnered a prestigious BANFF Rockie Award nomination. The next year, he portrayed the young Karol Wojtyla in the CBS television film ope John Paul II. The television film was highly successful not only in North America but also in Europe, breaking box office records in the late Pope’s native Poland and becoming the first movie ever to break $1 million in three days. He then made a guest appearance on the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode ”Dependent” as a Mafia lawyer in 2007.


In 2009, Elwes played the role of Pierre Despereaux, an international art thief, in the fourth-season premiere of Psych. He came back to Pysch, reprising his role in the second half of the fifth season again in the show’s sixth season in 2010, and again in its eight-season premiere.

Elwes portrayed Hugh Ashmeade, Director of the CIA, in the second season of the BYUtv series Granite Flats in 2014. He was then cast as Arthur Davenport, a shrewd and eccentric world-class collector of illegal art and antiquities in Crackie’s first streaming network series, The Art of More in May 2015. The series explored the cutthroat world of premium auction houses, debuting on November 19, and was picked up for a second season. He later played Larry Kline, Mayor of Hawkins in April 2018, for the third season of the Netflix series Stranger Things, premiering in July 2019. It was then announced in May 2019, that he would be joining the third season of the Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel as Gavin Hawk.

Voice-over work

Car’s voice-over work consists of the narrator in James Patterson’s audiobook The Jester. As well as characters in film and TV animations including Quest for Camelot, Pinky and The Brain, and Batman Beyond. In addition to the English versions of the Studio Ghibli movies Porco Rosso, Whisper of the Heart and The Cat Returns. He worked as a screenwriter, improviser, and voice actor for the main character The Bard in the 2004 video game The Bard’s Tale.

Elwes reunited with Jason Alexander for the Indian movie, Delhi Safari in 2009. He then portrayed the part of Gremlin Gus in Disney’s video game, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two in 2010. Elwes appeared in Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey as the voice of scientists Edmond Halley and Robert Hooke in 2014.

Motion capture work

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Elwes joined the cast of Robert Zemecki’s motion-capture adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol playing five roles in 2009. He was then picked by Steven Spielberg to appear in his motion-capture adaptation of Belgian artist Herge’s popular comic strip The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn the same year.


In 2003, Cary played Kerry Max Cook in the off-Broadway play The Exonerated in New York, directed by Bob Balaban (18-23 March 2003).


In October 2014 Touchstone published Elwes’s memoir of the making of The Princess Bride. It was titled As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride, which he co-wrote with Joe Layden. The book featured never-before-told-stories, exclusive behind-the-scenes photographs, and interviews with co-stars Wallace Shawn, Robin Wright, Christopher Guest, Mandy Patinkin, Fred Savage, and Billy Crystal. As well as the author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear and director Rob Reiner. The book then debuted on The New York Times Best Seller list.

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Other projects

Cary co-wrote the screenplay for a movie titled Elvis & Nixon in 2014, about the pair’s famous meeting at the White House in 1970. The movie, which starred Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey, was bought by Amazon as their first theatrical feature and was launched on April 22, 2016.


Elwes filed a lawsuit over Evolution Entertainment, his management firm and producer of Saw in August 2005. He said that he was promised a minimum of 1% of the producers’ net profits of the film and did not receive the full amount. The case was then settled out of court. He would not come back to the series until 2010 when he reprised his role in Saw 3D.

Cary Elwes Net Worth

English professional actor and writer, Elwes has been active from 1979 to the present. He has appeared in numerous films and television appearances throughout his life. Elwes has garnered an estimated net worth of approximately $8 million as of 2022.


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