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Stewart Granger

Biography

Swashbuckling actor who made an appearance in Ruler Solomon’s Mines. His additional films are the Crooked Street, Killer’s Carnival, The Magic Bow, and Weapon Glory. He went to Epsom University in the U.K. to pursue a medical level. Before he overran the swashbuckling hero part from Errol Flynn, he is at the classic English film version of Hamlet. He was wedded to Elspeth March from 1938 to 1948, Jean Simmons from 1950 to 1960 and Caroline LeCerf from 1964 to 1969. His great-great-grandfather was the opera vocalist Luigi Lablache. He co-starred with Ava Gardner in the 1956 film Bhowani Junction.

Quick Facts


Full Name Stewart Granger
Date Of Birth May 6, 1913
Died August 16, 1993, Santa Monica, California, United States
Place Of Birth England
Height 1.9 m
Profession Movie Actor
Education Epsom College, Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art
Nationality British, American
Spouse Caroline LeCerf, Jean Simmons, Elspeth March
Children Tracy Granger, Jamie Granger, Lindsey Granger, Samantha Granger
Parents Frederica Eliza Stewart, James Stewart
Awards David di Donatello Golden Plate Award
Movies Scaramouche, The Prisoner of Zenda, King Solomon's Mines, North to Alaska, Young Bess, Moonfleet, Bhowani Junction, Old Surehand, Caesar and Cleopatra, Salome, Adam and Evelyne, Blanche Fury, All the Brothers Were Valiant, The Man in Grey, Madonna of the Seven Moons, The Last Hunt, Wild Geese, Footsteps in the Fog, Beau Brummell, Among Vultures, Swordsman of Siena, Green Fire, The Secret Invasion, The Little Hut, The Wild North, The Light Touch, Gun Glory, Sodom and Gomorrah, The Trygon Factor, Fanny by Gaslight, Saraband for Dead Lovers, The Oil Prince, Soldiers Three, The Secret Partner, The Last Safari, Captain Boycott, The Magic Bow, Harry Black, Waterloo Road, Woman Hater, The Lamp Still Burns, Target for Killing, The Whole Truth, Requiem for a Secret Agent, The Crooked Road, Secret Mission, A Hazard of Hearts, Love Story, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Hell Hunters, Thursday's Child
TV Shows The Virginian, Danielle Steel's Crossings
Star Sign Taurus

  • Facts
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#Fact
1He was mistakenly diagnosed with lung cancer in 1980 and had part of his lung and a rib removed, only to find he really had tuberculosis. Granger had smoked 60 cigarettes a day for the past 40 years.
2Has a daughter, Samantha, with Caroline Lecerf.
3His niece is antiques expert Bunny Campione who is often on BBC TV's Antiques Roadshow.
4His great grandfather was Italian opera singer Luigi LaBlanche who came to England and became Queen Victoria's singing master.
5In Scaramouche (1952), Granger had to wear lifts to appear the same height as his slightly taller co-stars Mel Ferrer, Henry Wilcoxon, Richard Anderson, and John Dehner. It is believed Granger wore lifts in other Hollywood films as well.
6Took sword fencing very seriously for his dashing roles in The Prisoner of Zenda (1952) and Scaramouche (1952). He was so earnest in mastering the skill of fencing that he took lessons from a retired Olympic fencing champion. During his preparation for Scaramouche (1952), his fencing lessons and practice made him wear out a dozen or so pairs of fencing shoes. He adorned the cover of Life Magazine when the film was released and the title was "Stewart Granger: Swashbuckler". Perhaps the only actor superior to him in fencing at that time was Basil Rathbone.
7Father of Tracy Granger (with Jean Simmons) and Lindsey Granger and Jamie Granger (with Elspeth March).
8Adopted his professional name not to be confused with James Stewart.
9Even though he was quoted as saying he didn't like any of his movies, he does say in his autobiography, "Sparks Fly Upwards", that Saraband (1948) was one of the movies he starred in that he did like.
10Became a naturalized US citizen together with Jean Simmons in 1956.
11Stewart became England's top box office star in the 1940s which attracted Hollywood's attention.
12Stewart became an overnight star in England after appearing the movie, The Man in Grey (1943).
13Stewart did his own stunt work
14Stewart was a friend of Michael Powell's and when he heard Powell wanted a dancer for The Red Shoes (1948) he suggested that Powell take a look at Moira Shearer.
15Stewart proposed to Jean Simmons after seeing her as Kanchi in Black Narcissus (1947).
16Had an extramarital affair with Deborah Kerr
17Best friend was Michael Wilding
18Has made more than 60 movies and once grumbled that he couldn't stand any of them.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Adam and Evalyn1949Adam Black
Woman Hater1948Lord Terence Datchett
Saraband1948Konigsmark
Blanche Fury1948Philip Thorn
Captain Boycott1947Hugh Davin
The Magic Bow1946Nicolo Paganini
Caravan1946Richard Darrell
Caesar and Cleopatra1945Apollodorus
Waterloo Road1945Ted Purvis
Madonna of the Seven Moons1945Nino
A Lady Surrenders1944Kit Firth
Man of Evil1944Harry Somerford
The Lamp Still Burns1943Laurence Rains
The Man in Grey1943Peter Rokeby
Thursday's Child1943David Penley
Secret Mission1942Sub-Lieutenant Jackson
Convoy1940Sutton (uncredited)
So This Is London1939Laurence
Under Secret Orders1937Bit part (uncredited)
A Southern Maid1935uncredited
I Spy1934Extra (uncredited)
Over the Garden Wall1934uncredited
Give Her a Ring1934Diner (uncredited)
The Song You Gave Me1933Waiter (uncredited)
Pros and Cons1991TV Series
Chameleons1989TV MovieJason
Fine Gold1989Don Miguel
A Hazard of Hearts1987TV MovieOld Vulcan
Das Erbe der Guldenburgs1987TV SeriesJack Brinkley
Hotel1983-1987TV SeriesAnthony Sheridan / Tony Fielding
The Wizard1987TV SeriesJake Saunders
Hell Hunters1986Martin Hoffmann
Crossings1986TV Mini-SeriesGeorge Hackett
The Love Boat1985TV SeriesGeneral Thomas Preston
Murder, She Wrote1985TV SeriesSir John Landry
The Fall Guy1983TV SeriesJames Caldwell
The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana1982TV MoviePrince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
The Wild Geese1978Sir Edward Matherson
The Hound of the Baskervilles1972TV MovieSherlock Holmes
The Virginian1970-1971TV SeriesCol. Alan MacKenzie
Any Second Now1969TV MoviePaul Dennison
The Last Safari1967Miles Gilchrist
The Trygon Factor1966Supt. Cooper-Smith
Requiem for a Secret Agent1966Jimmy Merrill
Das Geheimnis der gelben Mönche1966James Vine
Killer's Carnival1966David Porter (Vienna segment)
Old Surehand1965Old Surehand
The Oil Prince1965Old Surehand
Das Geheimnis der drei Dschunken1965Michael Scott
The Crooked Road1965Duke of Orgagna
Amongst Vultures1964Old Surehand
The Secret Invasion1964Maj. Richard Mace
The Shortest Day1963Avvocato (uncredited)
Swordsman of Siena1962Thomas Stanswood
Commando1962Captain Le Blanc
Sodom and Gomorrah1962Lot
The Secret Partner1961John Brent aka John Wilson
North to Alaska1960George Pratt
The Whole Truth1958Max Poulton
Harry Black and the Tiger1958Harry Black
Gun Glory1957Tom Early
The Little Hut1957Sir Philip Ashlow
Bhowani Junction1956Col. Rodney Savage
The Last Hunt1956Sandy McKenzie
Moonfleet1955Jeremy Fox
Footsteps in the Fog1955Stephen Lowry
Green Fire1954Rian X. Mitchell
Beau Brummell1954Beau Brummell
All the Brothers Were Valiant1953Mark Shore
Young Bess1953Thomas Seymour
Salome1953Commander Claudius
The Prisoner of Zenda1952Rudolf Rassendyll King Rudolf V
Scaramouche1952Andre Moreau
The Wild North1952Jules Vincent
The Light Touch1951Sam Conride
Soldiers Three1951Pvt. Archibald Ackroyd
King Solomon's Mines1950Allan Quatermain

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tales of Helpmann1990DocumentaryHimself
Aspel & Company1988TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Hollywood the Golden Years: The RKO Story1987TV Series documentaryHimself
This Is Your Life1980-1985TV Series documentaryHimself
The 42nd Annual Golden Globe Awards1985TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The British Connection1985TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Golden Gong1985TV Movie documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Looks Familiar1982TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Night of One Hundred Stars1980TV MovieHimself
Revista de cine1977TV SeriesHimself
Am laufenden Band1975TV SeriesHimself
V.I.P.-Schaukel1973TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1970TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Ed Sullivan Show1958TV SeriesHimself - Audience Member / Actor
Person to Person1955TV Series documentaryHimself
The 25th Annual Academy Awards1953TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Best Sound

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sir John Mills' Moving Memories2000Video documentaryHimself
Biography1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Otto - Die Serie1995TV SeriesInspector
The 66th Annual Academy Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Memorial Tribute
The Dick Cavett Show1971TV SeriesHimself
The Movie Orgy1968Documentary uncredited
MGM Parade1956TV SeriesHimself / Sandy McKenzie
The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story1951Documentary

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1956Golden PlateDavid di Donatello AwardsFootsteps in the Fog (1955)· Jean Simmons
1950BambiBambi AwardsBest Actor - InternationalAdam and Evelyne (1949)
1948BambiBambi AwardsBest ActorCaptain Boycott (1947)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1949BambiBambi AwardsBest ActorSaraband for Dead Lovers (1948)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1953BambiBambi AwardsBest Actor - InternationalScaramouche (1952)
1951BambiBambi AwardsBest Actor - InternationalKing Solomon's Mines (1950)


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#Quote
1[on Robert Taylor (Granger worked with him in All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953) and The Last Hunt (1956)] He was such a nice guy, but he had even more hang-ups than I had. Bob Taylor was the easiest person to work with but he had been entirely emasculated by the MGM brass who insisted that he was only a pretty face. He was convinced he wasn't really a good actor and his calm acceptance of this stigma infuriated me.
2[on Alan Ladd] Spencer Tracy was an actor's actor. Everybody thought he was great. Marlon Brando is an actor's actor -- or was. Richard Burton also. I don't try to be cruel, but Alan Ladd was not an actor's actor. But he was a very successful film star.
3[on James Mason] He was one of the closest friends I ever had. A wonderful actor, and a humble and wonderful man.
4[on Deborah Kerr] I made "King Solomon's Mines" and I became popular because Quatermain was a mysterious man with a leopard skin around his hat. It was Africa romantic. Deborah Kerr and I made love up a tree. I said to Deborah -- I had a six month affair with her -- that we should never have come down from that tree.
5[on Elizabeth Taylor] The incredibly beautiful and curvaceous Liz Taylor, who disappointed me by having a rather squeaky voice, but you can't have everything, can you, and she had practically everything else in abundance.
6[on Phyllis Calvert] I'm a very good actor; I played all those love scenes with Phyllis Calvert and we didn't like each other very much.
7(quote about the play, "The Circle") "Old Granger's back! But some people are going to be shocked. If they've watched me on an afternoon film looking young and smooth, heaven knows what they'll think when they come to the theatre and see this elder-statesman figure with white hair!"
8I don't know which was the greatest disaster: my career or my wives.
9[on friends] "Damn 'em all except six - and they can be pallbearers. If they stumble, damn them, too."
10[on Joan Collins, 1984] She's common, she can't act - yet she's the hottest female property around these days. If that doesn't tell you something about the state of our industry today, what does?
11I've never done a film I'm proud of.
12I was a good costume actor, but I shortened my career because I made the wrong choices.
13I haven't aged into a character actor. I'm still an old leading man.
14The cinema world is not easy. it's full of envy from little people - heads of studios, for example, who hate people for their attractiveness.

#Trademark
1Played adventurers, swashbucklers and romantic leads
2Strong masculine profile
3Wavy dark hair (later silver grey)

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