Stewart Granger

Stewart Granger

Infobox Actor
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name = Stewart Granger

caption = from the trailer for "Young Bess" (1953)
birthname = James Lablache Stewart
birthdate = May 6, 1913
location = London, England
deathdate = August 16, 1993, aged 80
deathplace = Santa Monica, California
spouse = Elspeth March (1938-1948)
Jean Simmons (1950-1960)
Caroline LeCerf (1964-1969)

Stewart Granger (May 6, 1913 – August 16, 1993), born James Lablache Stewart, was an English film actor, mainly associated with heroic and romantic leading roles. Tall, dark, dignified and handsome, Granger was a popular leading man in the 40s, 50s and 60s.

He was born in London, and educated at Epsom College, and the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. The grandson of the opera singer Luigi Lablache, he was obliged to change his name in order to avoid being confused with the famous American actor James Stewart. As Granger reported in an interview once, his off-screen friends called him "Jimmy".

Acting career

In 1933, he made his film debut as an extra. His first starring role was in the Gainsborough Pictures period melodrama "The Man in Grey" (1943), a film that helped to make him a huge star in Britain. In the early 1950s, he moved to Hollywood and starred in a number of swashbucklers and other adventure films for which his theatrical voice, stature (6'3" 191 cm) and dignified profile made him a natural, such as "King Solomon's Mines" (1950), "Scaramouche" (1952) and the 1952 remake of "The Prisoner of Zenda", but he was just as dashing in comedies, as demonstrated by his performance in "North To Alaska" with John Wayne.

In Germany, Granger acted in the role of Old Surehand in three western movies adapted from novels by German author Karl May, with French actor Pierre Brice (playing the fictional Indian chief Winnetou), in "Unter Geiern" ("Frontier Hellcat") (1964), "Der Ölprinz" ("Rampage at Apache Wells") (1965) and "Old Surehand" ("Flaming Frontier") (1965).

He was united with Pierre Brice and Lex Barker, also a Karl May movie hero, in "Gern hab' ich die Frauen gekillt" ("Killer's Carnival") (1966). In the German Edgar Wallace movie series of the 1960s, he was seen in "The Trygon Factor" (1966). Towards the end of his career, Granger even starred in a German soap-opera called "Das Erbe der Guldenburgs" ("The Guldenburg Heritage") (1987).

Personal life

He was married three times:
# Elspeth March (1938–1948); two children, Jamie and Lindsay
# Jean Simmons (1950–1960), (with whom he had starred in "Adam and Evelyne", "Young Bess" and "Footsteps in the Fog"); one daughter, Tracy
# Caroline LeCerf (1964–1969); one daughter, Samantha

Stewart Granger revealed in his autobiography [ Sparks fly upward, Granger, Stewart, Putnam; 1st American edition (1981), ISBN 0-399-12674-0 ] that Deborah Kerr had tried to seduce him in the back of a London cab in 1950. Although they were married to others, they went on to have an affair. [cite web |url=|title=Stewart Granger|accessdate=2007-11-19 ] They remained lifelong friends.

In 1956, Granger became a naturalized citizen of the United States.

He died in Santa Monica, California from prostate cancer at the age of 80.

elected filmography

*"The Man in Grey" (1943)
*"Thursday's Child" (1943)
*"Madonna of the Seven Moons" (1944)
*"Love Story" (1944)
*"Waterloo Road" (1944), with John Mills
*"Fanny by Gaslight" (1944)
*"Caesar and Cleopatra" (1945), with Claude Rains
*"Caravan" (1946)
*"Captain Boycott" (1947)
*"Blanche Fury" (1948)
*"Saraband for Dead Lovers" (1948), with Joan Greenwood
*"Adam and Evelyne" (1949)
*"King Solomon's Mines" (1950) as Allan Quatermain
*"The Light Touch" (1951), with Pier Angeli
*"Scaramouche" (1952), with Mel Ferrer
*"The Prisoner of Zenda" (1952), with Deborah Kerr
*"Salome" (1953), with Rita Hayworth
*"Young Bess" (1953), with Jean Simmons
*"All the Brothers Were Valiant" (1953), with Robert Taylor
*"Beau Brummell" (1954), with Elizabeth Taylor and Peter Ustinov
*"Green Fire" (1954), with Grace Kelly
*"Moonfleet" (1955) by Fritz Lang
*"Footsteps in the Fog" (1956)
*"The Last Hunt" (1956), with Robert Taylor
*"Bhowani Junction" (1956), with Ava Gardner
* " Harry Black" (1958)
*"North to Alaska" (1960), with John Wayne
*"Sodom and Gomorrah" (1962) by Robert Aldrich
* "Target for Killing" (1966)
*"The Hound of the Baskervilles" (1972) (TV) as Sherlock Holmes
*"The Wild Geese" (1978), with Richard Burton, Roger Moore and Hardy Krüger


External links

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NAME= Granger, Stewart
ALTERNATIVE NAMES= Stewart, James Lablache
DATE OF BIRTH= 6 May, 1913
PLACE OF BIRTH= London, United Kingdom
DATE OF DEATH= 16 August, 1993
PLACE OF DEATH= Santa Monica, California

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