Farley Granger, who starred in two notable Alfred Hitchcock thrillers and then walked away from Hollywood, died Sunday of natural causes in Manhattan, according to the AP. He was 85. Granger was an immediate success, appearing in 1943’s The North Star when he was still a teenager. Hitchcock cast him as one of the intellectual murderers in Rope (1948), and he played the tennis pro who gets entangled with a sociopath (Robert Walker) who wants to swap murders in Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train (1951).
Two years later, he bought out his movie contract and headed to New York to study his craft. He made his Broadway debut in First Impressions (1960), and went on to appear in several more films and television programs, including the soap, One Life to Live. His final screen role was 2002’s The Next Big Thing, which co-starred Connie Britton.