Robert Frazer

Robert Frazer (born Robert William Browne, June 29, 1891 – August 17, 1944) was an American actor who appeared in some 224 shorts and films from the 1910s until his death.[1][a] He began in films with the Eclair company which released through Universal Pictures.

Robert Frazer
Portrait of actor Robert Frazer 1924.jpg
Exhibitors Trade Review, 1924
Born
Robert William Browne

June 29, 1891
DiedAugust 17, 1944 (age 53)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationStage and film actor
Years active1912–1944

Early yearsEdit

Frazer was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, and educated in Massachusetts. When he was young, he worked in a grocery store during vacations and spent much of his spare time reading plays and literature about becoming an actor. He also staged backyard plays for his friends.[2]

Acting careerEdit

Frazer acted with several repertory companies,[2] including the Cosgrove Stock Company, toured the United States in productions,[3] and performed on Broadway in Seremonda (1917).[4]

After some theater experience he swiftly moved into acting in silent films. In 1912 he began his movie career by portraying Jesus Christ in The Holy City, and in the same year played the lead in Robin Hood.[1] He also appeared in two classic horror films, White Zombie (film) (1932) and The Vampire Bat (1933).

Personal life and deathEdit

Frazer was married to Mildred Bright, an actress.[1]

On August 17, 1944, Frazer died of leukemia[1] in Los Angeles, California. He was 53.

Partial filmographyEdit

 
Pola Negri and Frazer in Men (1924)
 
Frazer with Madge Bellamy in White Zombie (1932)

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The reference book Encyclopedia of American Film Serials gives his full birth name as "Robert William Frazer".

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Mayer, Geoff (2017). Encyclopedia of American Film Serials. McFarland. p. 129. ISBN 9780786477623. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Star Biographies". The Des Moines Register. April 11, 1926. p. 8 E. Retrieved February 13, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Capable performers make up cast playing in 'The City' at Academy for one-day showing on Thursday". The Selma Times-Journal. Alabama, Selma. April 22, 1928. p. 11. Retrieved February 13, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Robert Frazer". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on February 13, 2021. Retrieved February 13, 2021.
  5. ^ Niemann, Greg (2006). Palm Springs Legends: creation of a desert oasis. San Diego, CA: Sunbelt Publications. p. 286. ISBN 978-0-932653-74-1. OCLC 61211290. (here for Table of Contents)
  6. ^ The Lone Star Rush at the American Film Institute Catalog

External linksEdit

  Media related to Robert Frazer at Wikimedia Commons