Ivan Simon Cary Elwes
As Westley in The Princess Bride
Born: 26 October 1962, Westminster, London, England, UK
Cary Elwes is the third son born to interior designer Tessa Kennedy and the late portrait painter Dominic Elwes. The name that he normally uses was actually used as a hyphenated surname (Cary-Elwes) in his family, which has close ties to the Catholic Church. He grew up at London and attended Harrow School, then moved to the US and studied acting at Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, New York). He studied acting at the Actors Studio and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. He met photographer Lisa Marie Kurbikoff in 1991, they married in 2000. IMDB lists over 65 film credits dating to 1979. At the Quotemaster's house, he is most frequently seen in The Princess Bride (1987) and Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993).
Cary Elwes quotes:
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- Any actor should be grateful if he's remembered for one movie in their lifetime. permalink
- Honestly, we're happy that people are still watching [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. permalink
- I consider myself a student, both in my work and my life, and I'm constantly learning and I'm constantly grateful for that. permalink
- 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. permalink
- I take away something from every role. I'm still learning and that's what life is about. permalink
- I think that's all you can hope for as an actor when you read a script; that after the first thirty pages it has some meaning to it. permalink
- 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. permalink
- If you get into the area of judging the character you're playing you're getting into a sticky area. permalink
- 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. permalink
- It's deliberate that a lot of my films have been period pieces. permalink
- No one is black and white or good or bad or happy or sad or what have you. [All have] particular idiosyncrasies that make them fascinating and that's how I tend to approach a character. permalink
- There's a myth about actors saying, 'Oh no, that's not me on screen at all. I'm just acting.' OK, if I were to say to you that's not me, that's fine. And I would tell you that I don't behave like a villain everyday, and that's true, I don't. But to say there's absolutely none of me in there is ridiculous. permalink
- When I work, I live in a fantasy world. It's great. I get to play different characters who inspire me. permalink
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