Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Actor Dan Frazer R.I.P.

Television and film Dan Frazer passed on 16 December 2011 at the age of 90. The cause was a heart attack. He was perhaps best known for playing Captain McNeil on Kojak.

Dan Frazer was born on 20 November 1921 in New York City. He developed an interest in acting while performing in productions put on at a community centre operated by his local Roman Catholic church. During World War II he served in the United States Army.

Following the war Mr. Frazer took up acting again. He made his television debut in 1950 in an episode of Studio One. Throughout the Fifties he appeared in such shows as The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse, The Phil Silvers Show, and Outlaws. In the Sixties he appeared in such shows as The Andy Griffith Show, Car 54 Where Are You, Alcoa Premiere, The Untouchables, McHale's Navy, Route 66, Honey West, My Favourite Martian, Run for Your Life, and The Invaders. He also appeared in such films as Lillies of the Field (1963), Lord Love a Duck (1966), Counterpoint (1967), Take the Money and Run (1969), and ...tick...tick...tick (1970).

In the Seventies Dan Frazer played Captain McNeil on Kojak. He also guest starred on Flying High and Barney Miller. He appeared in such films as Bananas (1971), Fuzz (1972), Cleopatra Jones (1973), The Super Cops (1973), and Breakout (1975). During the Eighties he appeared on the soap opera As the World Turns and he guest starred on Monsters. From the Nineties into the Naughts he guest starred on Law & Order and Third Watch. He appeared in the movies Deconstructing Harry (1997), The Kings of Brooklyn (2006), and The Pack (2010).

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