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Which Actor's Dad Served on San Leandro's Council?

Our former Mayor has stored up a lot of stories about this town. Here is one.


(Editor's note: Tony Santos emailed me one day to test my knowledge of the city. He posed the question: Which actor's dad served on the San Leandro City Council? Stumped, I asked Tony for the answer which follows. Take a guess before you read it.)

Let me answer the question and I feel it is interesting. I came across this one years ago and checked into it. For many years I have checked into former members of Town Council and City Council.

Here is the answer: Farley Granger, Jr. He acted in two Alfred Hitchcock movies, "Rope" and "Strangers on a Train." He died on March 29, 2011, at age 85.

His father, Farley Granger, Sr., served on San Leandro's Town Council from November 1, 1915 through about April 17, 1922, although I am not sure when he came off the council.

Farley Junior's biography says he was born in San Jose in 1925.

A Time Magazine obituary fills in some of the blanks on father and son.

The elder Granger was a car dealer in San Jose who went bust during the Great Depression. He moved his family to Los Angeles where "a talent scout for the Samuel Goldwyn studio spotted the teenage Farley, Jr., in a play and signed him" up.

Farley Granger, Jr. made his first film at the age of 18 and his last serious film at age 28, according to Time, living the rest of his life acting occasional stage roles.

The New York Times reviewed his autobiography, "Include Me Out," which combines his acting reminiscences with tales of bisexual exploits.

The NY Times interviewer asked him a series of questions, including whether he preferred "Rope" or "Strangers."

“ ‘Strangers,’ ” (Granger told the Times) without hesitation. “I think it was a more complete film. I think ‘Rope’ was more an experiment for Hitchcock.”

Can you add anything to the tale? Leave a comment.

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tony santos July 10, 2012 at 06:48 PM
One other interesting tid bit-Farley Jr. was apparently Gay! If anyone out there has stories of former councilmembers, please let me know. Also try and read about John Gill, a really ingteresting character, but not much reference material on him. Historical society is to have its August meeting at Mayor Gill's house.
Marga Lacabe July 11, 2012 at 08:08 AM
If we're going to play "out your City Council member", we should certainly start with the current ones. How about if we don't?
Tom Abate (Editor) July 11, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Farley Granger, Jr. outed himself in many ways, and became, according to the Time obit, a hero of bisexual and homosexual lifestyles, and his autobiography hit on that theme.
Marga Lacabe July 11, 2012 at 11:39 PM
So you're telling us the gossip Tony is giving us doesn't even qualify as gossip? sheesh!
Tom Abate (Editor) July 12, 2012 at 12:48 AM
You are so funny, Marga. I hope Tony takes it in good fun. By the way, Marga, your blog on not outing homosexuals has proven to be one of our most popular recent blogs. Here's a link in case anyone following this thread wants to read it: http://sanleandro.patch.com/blog_posts/outing-homosexuals-is-still-wrong
Marga Lacabe July 12, 2012 at 12:56 AM
really? and yet almost nobody commented. Interesting. Anyway, I've actually decided I'm going to do some more blogging for the Patch for things that are too long to to be a FB status, but too quick/time-dependent to be worthy of my actual blog.
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