The Scottish actor and author were John Alexander Fraser. He was born on 18 March 1931 in Glasgow, Scotland.
In the movies The Dam Busters (1955), The Good Companions (1957), The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960), El Cid (1961), Repulsion (1965), and Isadora (1968), he is well known for his works.
On 7 November 2020, at the age of 89, Fraser died from cancer.
My friend John Fraser has died at 89. All of us, lucky enough to know him, have benefitted from his Life enhancing generosity, kindness and gift for finding humour in every situation. pic.twitter.com/DPBjWH6cYB
One of his earliest appearances in J’s second film version was as Inigo Jollifant. The Good Companions (1957) by B. Priestley.
Fraser later had leading roles in films such as El Cid, Oscar Wilde’s Trials (playing Lord Alfred Douglas), Repulsion by Roman Polanski, Isadora, and Schizo. He starred in TV series such as Danger Man (1964), Randall and Hopkirk (1969), Columbo (1972), Doctor Who (1981), and The Bill (1995).
He published his autobiography, Close Up, in 2004, in which he sincerely wrote about his gay life and friendships.
Fraser wrote in the book that the actor Laurence Harvey was homosexual and that his boss James Woolf was his long-term boyfriend. “Fraser wrote of Dirk Bogarde,” The life of Dirk with [Anthony] Forwood had been so respectable, their affection for each other so deep and so lasting, if he had screwed up the nerve … to make one dignified allusion to his true nature, it would have been a glorious day for the pursuit of knowledge and the fostering of tolerance.
RIP John Fraser, who played the Monitor in Logopolis (1981). He was 89. I was lucky enough to have a correspondence with him a few years ago when he was living in Tuscany. He was a kind, unassuming gentle man. His memoirs are among the juiciest gossipy anecdotes I’ve ever read! pic.twitter.com/yYdGwosNTI