The likes of Stewart Granger may not be popular among millennials, but a quick look at his life and works would definitely arouse so much admiration and respect for the prolific figure. He was an English actor who made waves in the industry from the 30s and 40s and stayed relevant until his last days on earth.
Granger broke into mainstream entertainment as an actor known for being the hero in movies. He was vibrant, charismatic and delightful during his very active days and maintained this energy all through his life. It wasn’t all rosy and greeny for Granger, he had his own fair share of hurdles in his career. Find out more about the film icon as you scroll through.
Stewart Granger’s Biography
He was born James Lablache Stewart on May 6, 1913, to his parents; Major James Stewart his father and Frederica Eliza (née Lablache) his mother. Although Stewart made sure he got an education he did not suppress his inclination towards the performing arts. He attended Epsom College and also enrolled at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. There he sharpened his acting skills while scouting for film roles as well.
Stewart Granger started out his career in 1933 as a minor in the musical film, The Song You Gave Me. He also played roles as an extra in other productions like, Over the Garden Wall (1934) and A Southern Maid (1934). Granger’s early days also included several involvements in theatre. But he gained popularity with his involvement in a series of the Gainsborough melodramas. After a successful stint in theatre, the late actor got his breakthrough in 1943 after starring as Rokeby in the film The Man in the Grey.
His next appearance was his role as Lawrence Rains in The Lamp Still Burns in 1943. He then went on to star in Fanny by Gaslight, also a Gainsborough production. The actor was pulling weight at the time with his outstanding skills and also drew more attention from stakeholders to himself. Stewart Granger got his first role as an antagonist in 1945 in the film Waterloo Road. More notable films like Madonna of the Seven Moon, Ceasar and Cleopatra followed and the actor continued to grow his prominence in the industry. He was described as the second most popular British star in 1945.
Stewart Granger had a lot of successful works in the 50s including The Light Touch (1951), The Prisoner of Zenda (1952), The Little Hut (1957), and many others. He got even more busy in the 60s with movies like Commando (1962), Swordsman of Siena, The Oil Prince, Red Dragon, and many others. He took a break from acting in the 70s, having moved to Southern Spain, and got involved in real estate. He later came back to acting again in the 80s.
His Net Worth
Stewart Granger died a long time ago making it difficult for the media to have a grasp of what his net worth looked like when he was alive. This is why his net worth in life and in death is still been reviewed. But there’s no doubt the film icon made a lot of money during his very active days.
Granger’s Family – Spouse, Daughter
Stewart Granger got married three times when he was alive. His first marriage was with English actress Elspeth March in 1938. They had two children; Jamie and Lindsay before they got divorced in 1948, after ten years. The actor then moved on with British-American actress Jean Simmons.
Two years after his divorce from his first wife he tied the knot with Simmons in 1950. Again, the marriage lasted for 10 years; ending in 1960 with a daughter named Tracy. Granger got married again to Caroline LeCerf in 1964. The couple had a daughter named Samantha before their marriage ended in 1969.
Granger stood at 6ft 2in (1.88m), a suiting height that was so right for all his notable movie roles. The legendary actor had a proportional weight of 196lbs or 88kg.
Stewart Granger’s Death
Stewart Granger published his autobiography, ‘Sparks Fly Upward’ in 1981 and went on to star in a few other movies before gradually bowing out of the screens in the late 80s. The legendary actor died in August 1993 after battling with prostate and bone cancer. He was 80 years old at the time. Granger had been diagnosed with lung cancer in 1980 and was told he had three months to live.
For someone who smoked 60 cigarettes in a day, he believed the doctor and underwent an operation having one of his lungs removed. But later on, it was discovered that all he had then was tuberculosis. However, cancer still made its way into his body and claimed his life in 1993.