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Farley Granger


Born - 1 July 1925, San Jose, California, USA
Died - 27 March 2011

A boyishly handsome leading man with dark, curly hair and liquid brown eyes, Granger's Hollywood career was played out by the time he was 30, despite appearing in an appreciable number of first-rate films, at first as innocents trapped by fate, and later as rakish lovers. He had begun before war service, in North Star (1943) and The Purple Heart (1944). On his return to civilian life, he made a string of excellent, if not always box-office movies: They Live by Night (1947), Enchantment (1948), Rope (1948), Roseanna McCoy (1949), Side Street (1950), Our Very Own (1950), Strangers on a Train (1951), Full House (1952), the Italian Senso (1954), The Naked Street (1955) and The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1956). But there were no more high-profile films, if lots of stage and TV, and many of his latter-day appearances were in Italian crime and horror films. His last movie was The Next Big Thing in 2001. A bisexual, Granger remained aloof from the Hollywood gay community, although he did appear in the documentary The Celluloid Closet in 1995. His longtime partner of 45 years, the writer/producer Robert Calhoun, died in 2008.