R.I.P. Farley Granger

Actor Farley Granger has died aged 85. Granger was known for bringing a surprising vulnerability to performances that could have otherwise been dismissed as bland handsome leading man roles.

Granger is best known for his work on two of Alfred Hitchcock’s acclaimed thrillers – 1948’s “Rope” and 1951’s “Strangers on a Train”. He also worked on at least three dozen features including Lewis Milestone’s 1944 war film “The Purple Heart”, Nicholas Ray’s 1949 film noir “They Live by Night” and Luchino Visconti’s 1954 period romantic drama “Senso”.

The actor came out about his bisexuality in a 2007 memoir and revealed his affairs with the likes of Shelley Winters, Ava Gardner and Patricia Neal as well as playwright Arthur Laurents and musician Leonard Bernstein. He lived with his longtime partner Robert Calhoun since the 1960’s through to Calhoun’s death three years ago.