RIP Farley Granger

Farley300Farley Granger, the star of classic movies such as Strangers On A Train and Rope has died at the age of 85 of natural causes.

His breakthrough role was in 1948 in the Hitchcock thriller Rope in which he played accomplice to “the perfect murder” while battling his slowly unravelling nerves.

He went on to star as a doomed criminal on the run with his lover in They Live By Night in 1949 before going on to appear in Hitchcock’s Strangers On A Train in 1951, his most memorable role, in which he played Guy Haines, an amateur tennis ace who strikes a murderous deal with a stranger (Robert Walker). In exchange for having his wife killed so he can marry his true love, he must kill the stranger’s father – the logic being that with no motive, there’s nothing to tie either of them to the crime.

His other credits included the Italian drama Senso (1954), The Naked Street (1955), and The Girl In The Red Velvet Swing (1955). After 1960, Granger worked most in TV and theatre in a career that spanned over 50 years. His last film was 2001’s The Next Big Thing.

Granger published the memoir Include Me Out, co-written with partner since 1963 Robert Calhoun (who died in 2008 of lung cancer) which candidly expressed his relationships with prominent Hollywood stars of the day including Ava Gardner, Patricia Neal and Shelly Winters.