Cary Elwes (pronounced "Yewlz") attended Harrow School in
England, and Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New York, where
he studied, among other acting-related subjects, German
Cary Elwes descends from a staunchly Roman Catholic recusant family on his father's side (originally known as the "Cary-Elwes" family, but now many branches of the family are now simply known as "Elwes") which includes noted British monks and bishops, such as Abbott Columba Cary-Elwes, Archbishop Dudley Cary-Elwes and Father Luke Cary-Elwes. He himself was an altar boy at the Brompton Oratory.
Elwes' artist father, Dominick Elwes, had moved in the circles of high society (and been friends with Lord Lucan and Lady Annabel Goldsmith to whom he was also related) before he committed suicide in 1975.
Cary Elwes' mother, interior designer Tessa Kennedy, also a Catholic, eloped with his father in 1957 as a teenager to great scandal. She is of Serbo-Croatian and Anglo-Irish extraction. She has been married to Jewish-American Hollywood executive, Elliott Kastner, for many years, and they have a daughter, Milica Kastner.
Elwes became engaged to Lisa Marie Kurbikoff in 1997 and they wed in 2001. Elwes has 2 brothers, Cassian and Damian, and a half-sister Milica, all of whom are involved in the entertainment industry.
Cary Elwes filed a lawsuit in August 2005 against his management firm and the producers of Saw. He alleged that he was promised "a minimum of one percent of the producers' net profits" and did not receive the full amount as promised.
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