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Farley Granger Dies at 85

Farley Granger
FILE – In a 1943 file photo, Farley Granger portrays a Russian youth in his first movie, 1943’s ” North Star.” Granger, most famous for his roles in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Strangers on a Train” and “Rope,” died Sunday, March 27, 2011 of natural causes in New York. He was 85. (AP Photo, File)
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FILE - In a 1943 file photo, Farley Granger portrays a Russian youth in his first movie, 1943's " North Star." Granger, most famous for his roles in Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train" and "Rope," died Sunday, March 27, 2011 of natural causes in New York. He was 85. (AP Photo, File)

Farley Granger, the screen idol who starred in Alfred Hitchcock classics like “Rope” and “Strangers on a Train” died on Sunday at the age of 85.

A spokeswoman for the New York City Medical Examiners told the Associated Press that Granger died of natural causes.

Granger died in his Manhattan home.

Granger’s first role was in “The North Star” a World War II movie starring Anne Baxter and Dana Andrews.

Granger was born July 1, 1925 in San Jose, California. He first got the urge to be a movie star at the age of 16.

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He starred in “Strangers on a Train” in 1951. The movie was based on the classic novel by Patricia Highsmith. In the movie he was a tennis start who met another man on a train. The man he meets proposes that they both kill each others relatives.

Granger also appeared in: “They Live By Night,” ”Roseanna McCoy,” ”Side Street,” ”The Story of Three Loves,” ”Edge of Doom” and “Hans Christian Andersen.”

He also found himself on Broadway in the 1960’s when he appeared in “First Impressions,” a musical version of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.”

The versatile star also appeared on television, playing roles in daytime soap operas, “As the World Turns,” ”Edge of Night” and “One Life to Live.” He received a daytime Emmy nomination for “One Life to Live.”

-With Associated Press

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