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Stewart Granger - Biography, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Filmography
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May 6, 1913 - August 16, 1993 - Anglo-American actor
His great-great-grandfather was the famous Italian opera singer Luigi Lablache. Before starting his career, he studied at a prestigious college in the English city of Empson, and then attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Having decided to devote himself to theater and cinema, he faced a problem, since an actor named James Stewart was already there. To avoid confusion, he adopted the pseudonym Stuart Granger, consisting of his real name and his grandmother's maiden name. Despite this, for friends and colleagues, he has always remained Jimmy.
His film debut took place in 1933 in a minor role in a British film. Nevertheless, in subsequent years, he acted in films quite a bit, and mostly played on the theater stage. In one of the theaters in Birmingham, he met the actress Elspeth March, who in 1938 became his first wife.
With the outbreak of World War II, Granger was enlisted in the Scottish Infantry Regiment, but due to a stomach ulcer on the battlefield, he did not get on the battlefield and returned to normal civilian life. In the early 1940s, his film career began to develop more actively. He performed his first major roles at the British film studio "Gainsborough Pictures", where he appeared in the films "The Secret Mission" (1942) and "The Man in Gray" (1943), thanks to which he became popular in the UK.
In 1945, while filming Caesar and Cleopatra, Granger met the young actress Gene Simmons. They struck up a friendship, which eventually spilled over into a romance. They starred together back in 1949 in the film "Adam and Evelyn", and a year later their wedding took place. By then, Granger had already divorced his first wife, Elspeth March. The ceremony was organized by the famous American adventurer Howard Hughes, who flew the lovers on one of his private jets to Tucson, Arizona, where they cemented their relationship by marriage.
In 1949, after an unsuccessful staging of Tolstoy's play The Power of Darkness in London, the actor decided to try his luck in Hollywood. At that time, MGM was looking for an actor for the lead role in Mines of King Solomon, and it was Granger who got the role of Allan Quaterman. After the film's great success, the film studio offered him a seven-year contract. He later appeared in several of the studio's successful films, including Scaramouche (1952), Prisoner of Zend Fortress (1952) and Moonfleet (1955) .
For the first two of these films, the actor had to take fencing lessons from the former Olympic champion. Granger became so familiar with professional skills in this kind of martial arts that after the release of "Scaramouche" on the screens of his photo with a sword in hand graced the cover of Life Magazine .
He also starred in Baby Bess (1953), his third collaboration with his wife, Gene Simmons. In 1956, the actor became an American citizen.
Granger continued a successful career in Hollywood throughout the decade, last appearing there in 1960 in North of Alaska, starring John Wayne. In the same year, his marriage to Simmons broke up. After that, the actor returned to his homeland, where he continued his acting career in European films. In addition to filming in Great Britain, he starred in Italian films, and also played many roles in German films, of which the films "The Faithful Hand - Friend of the Indians" ("Old Man Shurhand") and "Among the Kites" were widely known in the USSR. Granger married again, but this marriage was the shortest of the three, and ended after five years of marriage. One of his last notable works was in the British painting "Wild Geese" in 1978. Granger performed his last roles on television,
Stuart Granger died on August 16, 1993 in Santa Monica from prostate cancer at the age of 80.