Cary Elwes is an English actor and writer who has actively worked in the entertainment field from 1979 to date. He belongs to a famous family from British who migrated to the USA at the age of 19. Likewise, he also dropped out of his studies to pursue an acting career and eventually became one of the famous actors in the industry. This actor is well-acclaimed for his acting role in ”The Princess Bride’ where he played the role of Westley.

Moreover, he is also well-known for his roles in other movies and series like ‘Kiss the Girls,’ ‘Days of Thunder,’ ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula,’ ‘Hot Shots,’ ‘Twister,’ and many more. Apart from acting, he is also a writer and has co-authored a book named ‘As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride,’ released in 2014.

Quick Info 
Full NameIvan Simon Cary Elwes
ProfessionActor, Writer
Birth Date26 October 1962
Birth PlaceWestminster, London, England
Parents NameBede Evelyn Dominic Elwes
Tessa Kennedy
SiblingsCassian Elwes
Damian Elwes
WifeLisa Marie Kurbikoff (1997-Present)
Children1 daughter -Dominique
Net Worth 2021$8 million
Height5 feet and 11 inches (1.80m/180cm)
Weight74kgs (163lbs)

Cary Elwes


In Westminster, London, England, Ivan Simon Cary Elwes was born on 26 October 1962 into a well-known family. His father’s name is Bede Evelyn Dominic Elwes, who is also known as Dominic Elwes, was a portrait painter, and his mother’s name is Tessa Kennedy, who was an heiress and a noted interior designer. He was born as one of the youngest children to his parents.

Moreover, he grew alongside his two elder brothers named Cassian Elwes and Damian Elwes. Both of them are well-known faces of the industry. Ivan also has two stepsiblings named Dillon and Milica. Additionally, he belongs to the Scorpio sun sign and is currently 58 years old.

Early Life

Cary Elwes’s parents divorced when he was six years old. He split his time living partly with his father in Spain and partly with his mother in London. Sadly, his father committed suicide in 1971.


Talking about his education, he attended an independent school named Harrow School in London. He then enrolled at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Likewise, he moved to New York and attended Sarah Lawrence College to study acting, philosophy, and history. But he again dropped out of college since he wanted to pursue an acting career. This actor also studied at the Actors Studio and Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York.


Cary Elwes holds an English nationality. As per his ethnicity, he is White, belonging to English, Scottish, Irish, Ashkenazi Jewish, and Serbian ancestry. Moreover, he follows Roman Catholicism as his religion.

Physical Stats

He stands 5 feet and 11 inches (1.80m/180cm) tall and weighs around 74kgs (163lbs). He has an athletic body type. Moreover, he has a pair of blue-colored eyes and blonde hair color.

Social Media

Cary Elwes has active social media accounts. His Twitter handle (@Cary_Elwes) has 167.2 thousand followers, and his Instagram account (@caryelwes) has 176 thousand followers. Likewise, his official Facebook page has 286.5 thousand followers and 182 thousand likes.

Personal Life

Cary Elwes engaged to Lisa Marie Kurbikoff, a photographer, in 1997. He then married her in 2000. This couple has a daughter together named Dominique, born on 24 April 2007.

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Cary Elwes landed his debut film role in the 1979 film ‘ Yesterday’s Hero,’ where he played the role of Disco Dancer. After this, he directly appeared in the 1984 film ‘Another Country,’ where he played James Harcourt. Likewise, he appeared in ‘The Bride’ in 1985, ‘Lady Jane’ in 1986, and ‘Maschenka’ in 1987. Moreover, he received his first breakthrough role in the 1987 fantasy adventure film ‘The Princess Bride,’ where he played Westley / Dread Pirate Roberts / The Man in Black. Although the film did modestly at the box office, the made brought him colossal fame and critical acclaim. During that time, his other notable movies were ‘Days of Thunder’ in 1990, ‘Hot Shots!’ in 1991, ‘Robin Hood: Men in Tights’ in 1993, and ‘The Jungle Book’ in 1994.

He also received a nomination from Blockbuster Entertainment Awards for his film role ‘Kiss the Girls’ in 1997. The next year, he had a voice role in ‘ Quest for Camelot’ as Garrett. Similarly, he also played as John Houseman in ‘Cradle Will Rock’ in 1999, Fritz Arno Wagner in ‘Shadow of the Vampire’ in 2000, and Thomas H. Ince in ‘The Cat’s Meow’ in 2001. In 2002, he co-produced the film named ‘Comic Book Villains’ where he also played the role of Carter. His next appearance came in the horror film ‘Saw’ where he played Dr. Lawrence Gordon in 2004. The same year, he also played in ‘The Riverman’ as Ted Bundy. In 2005 he appeared in four movies, while in 2006, he appeared in two movies. Moreover, he also became an executive producer for the film ‘Walk the Talk’ in 2007.


Furthermore, he also played ‘The Alphabet Killer’ in 2008 and ‘A Christmas Carol’ in 2009. His other movies are ‘Psych 9,’ ‘As Good as Dead,’ ‘Saw 3D’ in 2010, ‘No Strings Attached,’ ‘New Year’s Eve’ in 2011, ‘The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure’ in 2012, and many more. In 2013, he starred in four different movies, and in 2014 he starred in two movies. Likewise, he also had a voice role in ‘A Mouse Tale,’ ‘Being Charlie,’ in 2015, ‘Lost and Found’ in 2016, and the same year he also wrote and produced ‘Elvis & Nixon’, which starred Michael Shannon in the lead. Similarly, his other movies from 2017 to 2020 are ‘We Don’t Belong Here,’ ‘Billionaire Boys Club,’ and ‘Black Christmas.’

TV Shows 

Talking about his television series, Cary landed his debut TV role in the 1996 series ‘ Seinfeld,’ where he played David Lookner. In 1998, he appeared in four different television roles. Moreover, he had a voice role in ‘Hercules’ as Paris of Troy, ‘Batman Beyond’ as Paxton Powers, and ‘Pinky and the Brain’ as Hamlet. Cary also appeared in television films like ‘Race Against Time’ in 2000, ‘Pope John Paul II’ in 2005, ‘Haskett’s Chance’ in 2006, and ‘The Anna Nicole Story’ in 2013. Meanwhile, his other series were ‘Leverage,’ ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,’ ‘Perception,’ ‘Family Guy,’ etc.

Similarly, he also became one of the casts of the 2009 series named ‘Psych,’ where he played Pierre Despereaux. It starred James Roday, Timothy Omundson, Anne Dudek, Kristen Nelson, etc. From 2015 to 2016, he played in ‘The Art of More’ and ‘Sofia the First,’ where he had a voice role. He also starred in ‘Life in Pieces’ in 2016, ‘Workaholics’ in 2017, ‘Youth & Consequences’ in 2018, and ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ in 2019. The same year, he also appeared in five episodes of ‘Stranger Things’ as Mayor Larry Kline. His last played series is ‘Home Movie: The Princess Bride’ in 2020, starring different artists like Kaitlyn Dever, Hon Hamm, Hugh Jackman, Paul Rudd, Zoey Deutch, etc.

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Cary Elwes has received a total of 8 nominations and has not won any awards yet. They are from the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Satellite Awards, MTV Movie + TV Awards, and other critic awards.

Net Worth of Cary Elwes

Cary Elwes has earned a huge name and fame from his acting career. Moreover, he has also made a handsome amount of money. He has an estimated net worth of $8 million as of 2021. In addition, his salary per year is $1.27 million.