|A suave, virile leading man not quite as smooth and insouciant as his contemporary Errol Flynn, Granger nonetheless made a positive impression in action and swashbuckling roles in the 1950s, while Flynn's star was waning. He started out in British films of the 1930s and 1940s, including "A Southern Maid" (1933), "So This Is London" (1939), "The Man in Grey" (1943), "Waterloo Road" (1944), "Caesar and Cleopatra" (1946), and "Captain Boycott" (1947) before coming to Hollywood and an MGM contract.
Granger played lead in the 1950 remake of "King Solomon's Mines" an adventure yarn that was one of the inspirations for the Indiana Jones series. He was more than serviceable in the period Technicolor frolic "Scaramouche" (1952), and he played the title roles in color remakes of such adventure standards "The Prisoner of Zenda" (1952) and "Beau Brummel" (1954). He worked extensively in European coproductions during the 1960s, his wavy hair now a silvery gray, including "Sodom and Gomorrah" (1962), "Among Vultures" (1964), "Flaming Frontier" (1965), "Red Dragon" (1966), "The Last Safari" (1967), "Requiem for a Secret Agent" (1967), and "The Wild Geese" (1978).
He worked largely in TV movies during the 1970s and 1980s, playing Sherlock Holmes in a 1972 remake of "The Hound of the Baskervilles". The recycled action roles that made his name did not please him; he was quoted to the effect that he'd never been in a film he'd been proud of. He remained active in the 1980s, appearing as Prince Philip in "The Royal Romance of Charles and Diana" a 1982 TV movie, and making his Broadway debut in 1989 opposite Rex Harrison and Glynis Johns in "The Circle," and winning excellent reviews. His 1981 autobiography is titled "Sparks Fly Upward."
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