John Fraser (actor)
John Alexander Fraser (18 March 1931 – 7 November 2020) was a Scottish actor and author. He is best known for his performances in the films The Dam Busters (1955), The Good Companions (1957), The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960), El Cid (1961), Repulsion (1965) and Isadora (1968).
John Alexander Fraser
18 March 1931
|Died||7 November 2020(aged 89)|
One of his earliest roles was as Inigo Jollifant in the second film version of J. B. Priestley's The Good Companions (1957). Later, Fraser had leading roles in films such as El Cid, Tunes of Glory, The Trials of Oscar Wilde (playing Lord Alfred Douglas), Roman Polanski's Repulsion, Isadora and Schizo. He made appearances on television series including Danger Man (1964), Randall and Hopkirk (1969), Columbo (1972), Doctor Who (1981) and The Bill (1995).
In 2004, he published his autobiography, Close Up, in which he wrote frankly about his gay life and friendships. In the book, Fraser wrote that actor Laurence Harvey was gay and that his long-term lover was his manager James Woolf. Of Dirk Bogarde, Fraser wrote, "Dirk's life with [Anthony] Forwood had been so respectable, their love for each other so profound and so enduring, it would have been a glorious day for the pursuit of understanding and the promotion of tolerance if he had screwed up the courage ... to make one dignified allusion to his true nature. Self-love is no substitute for self-respect."
Personal life and deathEdit
|1996||Truth or Dare||Gordon Hillan|
|1982||Young Sherlock: The Mystery of the Manor House||Uncle Gideon|
|1981||Doctor Who: Logopolis||The Monitor|
|1975||The Doll||Peter Matty|
|1966||Doctor in Clover||Miles Grimsdyke|
|1965||A Study in Terror||Lord Carfax|
|1965||Operation Crossbow||Flight Lieutenant Kenny|
|1962||Waltz of the Toreadors||Lt. Finch|
|1961||El Cid||Prince Alfonso|
|1961||Fury at Smugglers' Bay||Christopher Trevenyan|
|1960||The Trials of Oscar Wilde||Lord Alfred Douglas||(BAFTA nomination)|
|1960||Tunes of Glory||Corporal Piper Ian Fraser|
|1958||The Wind Cannot Read||Peter Munroe|
|1957||The Good Companions||Inigo Jollifant|
|1955||Touch and Go||Richard Kenyon|
|1955||The Dam Busters||Flight Lieutenant John Hopgood DFC|
|1954||The Face That Launched a Thousand Ships||Drago|
|1953||The Good Beginning||Johnny Lipson|
|1953||Valley of Song||Cliff Lloyd|
|1953||The Desert Rats||Artillery Man|
- "John Fraser". British Film Institute.
- Percival, Ash (10 November 2020). "John Fraser, The Dam Busters Star, Dies Aged 89". The Huffington Post.
- "The Good Companions (1957)".
- "John Fraser". www.aveleyman.com.
- TV.com. "John Fraser". TV.com.
- Fraser, John. Close Up : An Actor Telling Tales The Autobiography of John Fraser (1st, Sarah Zaluckyj ed.). London UK: Oberon Books. ISBN 978-1-84002-457-9.
- The Guardian "Sexy self-image that revved up Dirk Bogarde", 2 October 2004
- Aveleyman: John Fraser
- British Pictures
- "John Fraser, prolific film actor of 1950s and 1960s once dubbed most handsome man in Britain – obituary". The Telegraph. 9 November 2020. (subscription required)
- "BAFTA Awards". awards.bafta.org.
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