Fifties movie idol Farley Granger died Sunday March 27 at the age of 85 of natural causes in his Manhattan home.
He was born Farley Earle Granger II on July 1, 1925 in San Jose, California and at the age of 16 while in a Los Angeles high school Granger decided he wanted to be an actor. Like most young men of the era, Granger was in the service during World War II. After his stint in the Navy, he returned to Hollywood and acting.
Granger made his movie debut in 1943 as Damian Simonov in “The North Star”. From there he went on to appear in over 80 roles including “Rope”, “They Lived by Night”, “Strangers on a Train”, “The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing”, two episodes of the TV series “Playhouse 90”, as Lt. Charles Avery in an episode of “Wagon Train”, an episode of “Ironside”, an episode of “Get Smart”, an episode of “Hawaii Five-O”, as John Ward on “The Red Headed Corpse”, an episode of “The Six Million Dollar Man”, an episode of “Ellery Queen”, an episode of “Medical Story”, an episode of “The Invisible Man”, an episode of “One Life to Live”, as Trent Archer on two episodes of “The Edge of Night”, an episode of “Tales from the Darkside”, two episodes of “The Love Boat”, as Earl Mitchell on three episodes of “As the World Turns”, an episode of “Murder, She Wrote” and his last role in 2001 as Arthur Pomposello in “The Next Big Thing”.
Not happy with many of the roles he was offered and on suspension for refusing them, Granger bought out his contract at Goldwyn and moved to New York.
Besides his numerous film and television roles, Granger also performed on the stage; his Broadway debut was in 1960 in “First Impressions”. Granger preferred working on the stage saying, "I feel I'm much more relaxed in front of an audience than a camera. I feel the response. The live audience really turns me on and I like it.”
Despite only one serious romance with, a short affair with , and a 40 plus year relationship with Robert Calhoun, Granger said that he was bisexual.