Farley Granger

Granger in a still from “Rope,” 1948

Birth Name: Farley Earle Granger, Jr.

Date of Birth: July 1, 1925

Place of Birth: San Jose, Santa Clara, California, United States

Date of Death: March 27, 2011

Place of Death: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, small amount of German, distant Dutch and French

Farley Granger was an American actor. He is known for his roles in the Hitchcock thrillers Rope and Strangers on a Train, along with The North Star and The Purple Heart.

Farley was the son of Eva and Farley Earle Granger.

Farley’s paternal grandfather was Clarence Albert Granger (the son of Farley Benjamin Granger and Annie/Anna Robbins). Clarence was born in California. Farley’s great-grandfather Farley was born in New York, the son of Oliver Granger and Lydia Dibble. Annie was born in Shropshire, England, the daughter of John Robbins and Eliza Humphreys.

Farley’s paternal grandmother was Clara Hall (the daughter of Charles Cooper Hall and Josephine Maria Smith). Clara was born in California or Michigan. Charles was the son of Elizabeth, who was born in Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire, England. Josephine was the daughter of Timothy Seymour Smith and Susan Caroline Crippen.

Farley’s maternal grandfather was named William Preston Hopkins. William was born in Alabama.

Farley’s maternal grandmother was Loretta “Etta”/Ettie Van Valkenburg/Volkenburg (who likely was the daughter of William L. Van Valkenburg and Clara Alice Dixon). Etta was born in Wyoming. William was the son of George David Barney Van Valkenburg and Leah Follic. Clara was the daughter of George Washington Dixon and Elizabeth Hill.

Sources: Farley Granger on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Farley Granger (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Marriage record of Farley’s paternal grandparents, Clarence Albert Granger and Clara Hall – https://www.familysearch.org

3 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    According to familysearch.org, his direct patrilineal “Granger” ancestor was married to the daughter of a Mi’kmaq Chief (First Nations), making him 1/2048 Native American if I checked it correctly: https://www.familysearch.org/tree/pedigree/landscape/LCFD-8Z5

    Though, as usual, It’s disputed: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Mi_Kmaq-7#_note-2

  2. jonassjr says:

    was he doing a blackface in that pic?

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