Bisexual screen idol Farley Granger, known for his roles in Hitchcock classics such as Strangers on a Train and Rope, has passed away at age 85 due to natural causes.
With his matinee idol looks, Granger quickly rose to stardom on screen in the 40s and 50s. In a bid to create a more successful and fulfilling career, he left the movie industry at the height of his fame and studied acting in New York. There, Granger made a successful transition to the stage and television, starring in several productions on Broadway and winning an Obie Award in 1986 for his performance in Talley & Son.
In his memoirs Include Me Out, Granger openly discussed his bisexuality and documented his romances with Ava Gardner, Shelly Winters, and Leonard Bernstein, amongst others. During the peak of his stardom, Granger refused to play into the Hollywood game and marry (a common publicity practice for gay and bisexual stars), earning him a self-described reputation as a “naughty boy.” After meeting in the 1960's, Granger lived with his long-term partner Robert Calhoun for the duration of their lives.
Granger also appeared in the documentary The Celluloid Closet, based on Vito Russo's history of LGBT cinema. In it, he discusses the gay elements and subtext of the Hitchcock film Rope, which can be viewed in the clip below. GLAAD joins the entertainment industry in celebrating the life and work of this trailblazing actor.