Granger was discovered and signed by producer Sam Goldwyn while still in high school and was quickly cycled into The North Star. Though he was groomed for a career in Hollywood, his first love was the theater and he eventually bought out his contract with Goldwyn so that he could pursue a career on Broadway.
In 1986 Granger won and Obie Award for his performance in Talley & Son.
Though he made a number of films, Granger considers only three of them top-quality: They Live by Night, Strangers on a Train and Luchino Visconti's Senso (1954) with Alida Valli - considered by many to be his finest performance.
The upcoming San Francisco International Film Festival will present a recently (and laboriously) restored version of Senso. The film's U.S. premiere was a highlight of the festival's inaugural year in 1957...and I am thrilled to report that I have tickets to the festival's screening of Senso on May 2 at the Castro Theater.