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|Also Known As:||Farley Earl Granger Iii||Died:||March 27, 2011|
|Born:||July 1, 1925||Cause of Death:||Natural causes|
|Birth Place:||San Jose, California, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actor|
Discovered by Samuel Goldwyn while still a high school student, Farley Granger has bee-stung lips and soulful looks and was immediately plugged into "The North Star" (1943), a propaganda film of World War II, in which he played a freedom-loving Russian youth. After a similar WWII film, "The Purple Heart" (1944), he went into the military himself. When Granger was repatriated to Hollywood, he began a string of films in which he was a pretty boy with seemingly everything in the world going for him yet who truly harbored dark impulses. This was first displayed in Alfred Hitchcock's "Rope" (1948), a film loosely based on the Leopold and Loeb case, in which Granger was one of two teens who commit murder. Again for Hitchcock, Granger had murderous impulses in "Strangers on a Train" (1951), as a socialite tennis pro who is approached by Robert Walker to do a double murder and who realizes it may not be such a bad idea. In 1953, Granger was at MGM for "Small Town Girl", in which he was a spoiled brat Broadway producer who is arrested for speeding through a small community and ends up staying to wed Jane Powell. He then traveled to Italy for Luchino Visconti's "Senso/The Wanton Contessa" (1954), in which he was a betraying lover in what some feel was Granger's best performance. By the mid 50s, Granger's Hollywood film career had sputtered, and while he traveled to and from Italy for a succession of sometimes obscure films, he began to concentrate on TV, appearing on "Schlitz Playhouse of the Stars" and the "U.S. Steel Hour" in 1955 and numerous other anthology series into the 60s. He made his TV-movie debut in with "The Challengers" (CBS, 1970). When primetime episodic appearances no longer paid the bills, Granger turned to daytime soap operas, originating the role of Dr. Will Vernon on ABC's "One Life to Live" (1976-77). After a brief return to films as a mysterious and corrupting ambassador in "The Imagemaker" (1986), he created Earl Mitchell, former spy and one of the many husbands of Eileen Fulton's Lisa on "As the World Turns" (CBS, 1986-88). Granger's stage work had been limited. Although he was a member of Eva Le Gallienne's National Repertory Company in the 60s (starring in a production of "The Sea Gull"), he had his best role in the off-Broadway production of Lanford Wilson's "Tally & Son", for which he won a 1985 OBIE Award.
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