When the name Cary Elwes is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind for film lovers who lived in the 1980s is his fantasy rom-com “The Princess Bride” (1987), a film that received great critical acclaim and eventually became a cult classic. Elwes then built up a very successful acting career. Some of his other remarkable works were to follow: Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Shadow of the Vampire, Hot Shots!, The Jungle Book and many others. The English-American actor is also a writer and has co-produced several films. We talk about his professional career as well as his private life.
Cary Elwes Biography
Cary Elwes was born on October 26, 1962, in Westminster, London, as Ivan Simon Cary Elwes. Elwes grew up in a Roman Catholic environment and once served as an altar boy in Westminster Cathedral. Elwes’ parents were forced to separate when he was just 4 years old and when he was 12 years old his father took his own life.
After graduating from Harrow School, Cary Elwes attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. In 1981 he moved to New York City and studied acting at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville. He also took acting classes at Actors Studio and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.
As a teenager, Cary began working as a production assistant on film sets. He began acting professionally in 1984 and made his debut in Another Country. Elwes starred in a handful of other films before making his big breakthrough with The Bride of the Prince. He began acting on the small screen in 1996 – he made his debut in an episode of Seinfeld. Since then he has appeared in numerous television shows, most notably The Art of More and Life in Pieces.
Cary Elwes has earned most of his fortune through his career in the entertainment industry. He has starred in quite a long list of movies and television shows. Elwes is also a successful dubbing artist and has acted as a voice actor in several movies and television shows, including Family Guy.
His memoirs, “As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride” (As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride), which details the making of the film that made him famous, was published in October 2014 and became a New York Times bestseller. Thanks to these efforts, Cary Elwes has a net worth of $8 million.
Family, Wife, Daughter
Cary Elwes comes from a rather famous family of artists. His grandfather Simon Elwes and his father Bede Evelyn Dominick Elwes were both famous English painters. Cary’s father died on September 5, 1975, at the age of 44 from an overdose of barbiturates.
In addition to his portraits, Bede was also famous for his escape with the then 19-year-old ship’s heiress Tessa Kennedy (who was to become Cary’s mother) in 1957, which led to an internationally acclaimed scandal. Cary’s mother, now a renowned interior designer, is the daughter of shipping magnate Geoffrey Ferrar Kennedy.
Her father had disapproved of their relationship, and so Bede eloped with Tessa to Havana, Cuba, where they married on January 27, 1958. Kennedy’s parents continued to try to annul their marriage, and Bede would eventually surrender to the authorities in England. Their marriage was dissolved in London in January 1969. Cary’s father never remarried until his death, while his mother Tessa was to marry the American film producer Elliott Kastner in 1971. They separated in 1995.
From his parents’ marriage, Cary has two older brothers, the film producer Cassian Elwes and the artist Damian Elwes.
The wife of Cary Elwes is Lisa Marie Kurbikoff. Lisa is a photographer. The couple married on June 24, 2000, and have stayed together ever since. They met in 1991 at a chili cooking competition in Malibu, California, and soon thereafter began a romantic relationship.
In 1997, Elwes asked her the question, but the couple waited another three years before walking down the aisle. Cary Elwes and his wife occasionally use their social media accounts to post sweet words about each other on days like birthdays, anniversaries, and other special days in their lives. Lisa was born on May 10. The couple leads a fairly private life and has done a good job of keeping their names out of the tabloid press.
Their union was blessed by a child, a daughter named Dominique, who was born on April 24, 2007. The couple was very secretive about their daughter and never fully shared their identity with the public. According to Lisa’s Instagram post, Dominique was in the 6th grade in August 2018.