: I was a good costume actor, but I shortened my career because I made the wrong choices.
Stewart Granger, born James Lablache Stewart, was an English-American film actor, mainly associated with heroic and romantic leading roles. He was a popular leading man from the 1940s to the 1960s.
Stewart attended Epsom College but left after deciding not to pursue a medical degree. He decided to try acting and attended Webber-Douglas School of Dramatic Art, London.
He had been gradually rising through the ranks of better stage roles when World War II began, and he joined the British Army in 1940. However, he was eventually disabled which brought his release from military service.
Took sword fencing very seriously for his dashing roles in The Prisoner of Zenda (1952) and Scaramouche (1952). He was so earnest in mastering the skill of fencing that he took lessons from a retired Olympic fencing champion.