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Farley Earle Granger, Jr. (July 1, 1925 – March 27, 2011) was an American actor, best known for his two collaborations with director Alfred Hitchcock, Rope in 1948 and Strangers on a Train in 1951.
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Farley Earle Granger (July 1, 1925 – March 27, 2011) was an American actor, best known for his two collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, Rope in 1948 and Strangers on a Train in 1951.
Granger was first noticed in a small stage production in Hollywood by a Goldwyn casting director, and given a significant role in The North Star, a controversial film praising the Soviet Union at the height of the war, but later condemned for its political bias. Another war-film The Purple Heart followed, before Granger's naval service in Honolulu, in a unit that arranged troop entertainment in the Pacific. Here he made useful contacts, including Bob Hope, Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth. It was also where he discovered his bisexuality, which he said he never felt any need to conceal.
In 1948, Hitchcock cast him in Rope, a fictionalized account of the Leopold and Loeb murder case, which earned mixed reviews, but much critical praise for Granger. Hitchcock then cast him again in Strangers on a Train as a tennis-star drawn into a double murder plot by a scheming psychopath played by Robert Walker. Granger described this as his happiest film-making experience, though he was deeply affected by his friend Walker's accidental drug-death soon afterwards.
Both these two Hitchcock films carried a sub-theme of homosexuality, expressed with extreme delicacy in view of possible reactions by audiences and censors alike.
Granger continued to appear on stage, film and television well into his seventies. His work ranged from classical drama on Broadway to several Italian-language films and major documentaries about Hollywood, but he tended to find fault with his directors and scriptwriters and he remains defined by the two Hitchcock classics.
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Rope in 1948 and Strangers on a Train in 1951
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Farley Granger died on 27th March, 2011. His last relationship was with Rita Gam.
During his life he dated Rita Gam in 1964, Barbara Nichols from 1960 to 0000, Janice Rule in 1956, Geraldine Brooks in 1953, Dawn Addams in 1953, Barbara Stanwyck in 1953, Peggy Maley in 1951, Shelley Winters in 1951, Phyllis Kirk in 1949, Joan Crawford, Rita Hayworth, Ava Gardner, Hedy Lamarr, Leonard Bernstein, Ethel Merman, June Haver and Patricia Neal.
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