Ivan Simon Cary Elwes (born 26 October 1962), known professionally as Cary Elwes, is an English actor, known for his performances in Lady Jane, The Princess Bride, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Hot Shots!, Glory, Liar Liar, Saw and Saw 3D, Twister, and Kiss the Girls.
Elwes was born in Westminster, London, and is the third and youngest son of portrait-painter Dominick Elwes and interior designer Tessa Georgina Kennedy, who is of Croatian and Anglo-Irish descent. His paternal grandfather is painter Simon Elwes, whose father was the diplomat and tenor Gervase Elwes. His brothers are Damian Elwes, an artist, and Cassian Elwes, a producer and agent. He is the stepson of Elliott Kastner, an American film producer. He was raised Roman Catholic. Elwes attended Harrow School in London and Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, where he studied, among other acting-related subjects, German Expressionist Film. While living in New York, Elwes studied acting at both the Actors' Studio and the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.
In 1991, Elwes met photographer Lisa Marie Kurbikoff. They became engaged in 1997 and wed in 2000. The couple has one daughter.