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Name: Stewart Granger                                                                 
Birth name: James Lablache Stewart                                                     
Born: 6 May 1913 London, England                                                       
Died: 16 August 1993 Santa Monica, California                                         
Stewart Granger (May 6, 1913 - August 16, 1993), born James Lablache Stewart,         
was an English film actor, mainly associated with heroic and romantic leading         
roles. Tall, dark, dignified and handsome, Granger was a popular leading man in       
the 40s, 50s and 60s.                                                                 
He was born in London, and educated at Epsom College. The grandson of the actor       
Luigi Lablache, he was obliged to change his name in order to avoid being             
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 Pictures 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 for       
which his theatrical voice, stature (6'3" 191 cm) and dignified profile made him       
a natural, such as King Solomon's Mines (1950), Scaramouche (1952) and the 1952       
remake of The Prisoner of Zenda, but he was just as dashing in comedies, as           
demonstrated by his performance in North To Alaska with John Wayne.                   
In Germany, Granger acted in the role of Old Surehand in three western movies         
adapted from novels by German author Karl May, with French actor Pierre Brice (playing 
the fictional Indian chief Winnetou), in Unter Geiern (Frontier Hellcat) (1964),       
Der Ölprinz (Rampage at Apache Wells) (1965) and Old Surehand (Flaming Frontier)     
He was united with Pierre Brice and Lex Barker, also a Karl May movie hero, in         
Gern hab' ich die Frauen gekillt (Killer's Carnival) (1966). In the German Edgar       
Wallace movie series of the 1960s, he was seen in The Trygon Factor (1966).           
Towards the end of his career, Granger even starred in a German soap-opera             
called Das Erbe der Guldenburgs (The Guldenburg Heritage) (1987).