John Fraser

John Fraser (born 18 March 1931, Glasgow, Scotland) is a BAFTA-nominated Scottish-born actor and writer. One of his earliest roles was as Inigo Jollifant in the second film version of J.B. Priestley's The Good Companions. He went on to have starring roles in films such as El Cid, The Trials of Oscar Wilde (playing Lord Alfred Douglas), and Roman Polanski's Repulsion. He made appearances on television series including Danger Man (1964), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (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 [albeit occasionally inaccurately regarding some third party details] and friendships. In Close Up, Fraser wrote that actor Laurence Harvey was gay and that his long-term lover was his manager James Woolf, who had "discovered" Harvey in the 1950s. According to Fraser, "As a teenager, [Harvey] started out living with Hermione Baddeley [the two appeared together in the acclaimed film Room at the Top], a blowsy star of intimate revue more than twice his age.


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