Hitchcock Star Farley Granger Dead at 85

'50s screen idol loved the stage best
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2011 2:58 AM CDT
Hitchcock Star Farley Granger Dead at 85
Farley Granger, who starred in the Alfred Hitchcock classics "Rope" and "Strangers on a Train," poses for a photograph in his apartment on New York's Upper West Side in 2007.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – Soulful leading man Farley Granger, best known for his roles in Alfred Hitchcock thrillers Strangers On a Train and Rope, left the movie business twice: once to enlist in the Navy during World War II and a second time, at the height of his Hollywood success, to take acting lessons in New York and pursue stage roles. Granger has died of natural causes at his home in Manhattan at the age of 85, reports the BBC.

"When I was in Hollywood I used to visit New York, go to the theater, and then go visit in the dressing room,” the studio heartthrob of the '40s and '50s recalled in a 1977 New York Times interview. "I’d cross the stage to get there, and when I did I’d tremble. Hollywood was never a place for me. The stage was the magic." Granger, who described himself as bisexual, was romantically linked to big names of both sexes. His partner since the early '60s, TV producer Robert Calhoun, died in 2008. (Read more Farley Granger stories.)

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