John Fraser (actor)  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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John Alexander Fraser (18 March 1931 – 7 November 2020) was a Scottish actor and author.


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, 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."

Selected filmography

1996Truth or DareGordon Hillan
1982Young Sherlock: The Mystery of the Manor HouseUncle Gideon
1981Doctor Who: LogopolisThe Monitor
1976SchizoLeonard Hawthorne
1975The DollPeter Matty
1966Doctor in CloverMiles Grimsdyke
1965A Study in TerrorLord Carfax
1965Operation CrossbowFlight Lieutenant Kenny
1963 TamahineRichard Poole
1962Waltz of the ToreadorsLt. Finch
1961El CidPrince Alfonso
1961Fury at Smugglers' BayChristopher Trevenyan
1960The Trials of Oscar WildeLord Alfred Douglas(BAFTA nomination)
1960Tunes of GloryCorporal Piper Ian Fraser
1958The Wind Cannot ReadPeter Munroe
1957The Good CompanionsInigo Jollifant
1955Touch and GoRichard Kenyon
1955The Dam BustersFlight Lieutenant John Hopgood DFC
1954The Face That Launched a Thousand ShipsDrago
1953The Good BeginningJohnny Lipson
1953Valley of SongCliff Lloyd
1953The Desert RatsArtillery Man

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