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Stewart Granger (May 6, 1913 – August 16, 1993) was an English film actor, mainly associated with heroic and romantic leading roles. Tall, dark, and dignifiedly handsome, Granger was a popular leading man in the 40's, 50's and 60's.
He was born in London, and educated at Epsom College. The grandson of the actor Luigi Lablache, his real name was James Lablache Stewart. He was obliged to change it in order not to be confused with the famous American actor James Stewart. As Granger reported in an interview once, his off-screen friends called him "Jimmy".
In 1933, he made his film debut as an extra. His first starring role was in the Gainsborough period melodrama The Man in Grey (1943), a film that helped to make him a huge star in Britain. In the early 1950s he moved to Hollywood and starred in a number of swashbucklers and other adventure films.
Granger's theatrical voice and tall stature made him a natural for he-man roles, but he was just as dashing in comedies, which was shown by his performance in North To Alaska with John Wayne.
He was married three times: Elspeth March (1938–1948); (two children, Jamie and Lindsay) - Jean Simmons (1950–1960), (with whom he had starred in Adam and Evelyne & Footsteps in the Fog); (one child) - Caroline LeCerf (1964–1969); (one daughter Samantha). In 1956, Granger became a naturalized citizen of the United States.
He died in Santa Monica, California, from prostate cancer; he was 80 years old.