Horror Icon Cary Elwes Turns 55

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Lots of actors are only really known from a single series or from a certain time period. There’s some actors though that really show their range and ability over the years, taking all kinds of roles, never getting typecast, and still putting in absolutely memorable performances. Cary Elwes is undoubtedly one of those actors.

I, and likely many others, first discovered Cary Elwes from the classic The Princess Bride where he played the main character of Wesley way back in 1987. Don’t let the romantic-action-comedy fool you though, he’s a proven star of the horror genre!

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His first real horror outing was as Lord Holmwood in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Then he was in the disaster movie Twister, followed by the TV show The Outer Limits, and 2000’s Shadow of the Vampire. After that he hit the role many people here probably know him best as, that of Dr. Lawrence Gordon in 2004’s Saw.

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Cary Elwes did an incredible job as Dr. Gordon, helping to make the first of the Saw series the breakout hit that it was. Dr. Gordon’s return later in the series only served to bring the character full circle. While we don’t see him returning in the upcoming Jigsaw (out tomorrow!) Mr. Elwes has suggested that he hopes to return to the role, either in a movie or in a television series.

Of course, in the meantime, he’s continued working in the horror genre with top roles in such films as Hellgate (2011), A Haunting in Cawdor (2015), and Don’t Sleep (2017).

Hopefully, Jigsaw will knock it out of the park, and the studio will have to answer Cary’s hope of Dr. Gordon’s return with, “As you wish”. In the meantime, celebrate this incredible actor’s birthday today with any of his incredible roles that you like.

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Shaun Horton is the author of the sci-fi/horror novels Hannah and Class 5, as well as the cryptid horror Cenote. He writes from the beautiful pacific northwest, crammed between the city of Seattle and the woods of the Olympic National Forest. He's been a life-long fan of Horror, starting with seeing Gremlins at 4 years old. Years later, he discovered the work of Stephen King, keeping himself up at night reading the tome which is IT. Since then, he's continued expanding the interest through authors such as Dean Koontz, movies like Nightmare on Elm Street and Alien, and the video game series of Dead Space and Resident Evil.