Ronald Fraser

Last updated 09 January 2020

Ronald Fraser (1930-1997)
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Ronald Fraser

Born: Friday 11th April 1930
Died: Thursday 13th March 1997 (age: 66)


Ronald Fraser was an English character actor, who appeared in numerous British plays, films and television shows from the 1950s to the 1990s. He was perhaps best known as Basil "Badger" Allenby-Johnson in the 1970s television series The Misfit.

He played Joseph C in the 1986 story The Happiness Patrol.

Ronald Fraser was born in Ashton-under-LyneLancashire, the son of an interior decorator and builder from Scotland. He attended Ashton Grammar School. He was educated in Scotland and did national service as a lieutenant in the Seaforth Highlanders. While serving in Benghazi in North Africa, he appeared in the comic play French Without Tears by Terence Rattigan. He trained as an actor at RADA until 1953 and soon appeared at the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre. He joined the Old Vic repertory company in 1954, making his first London appearance in The Good Sailor, a stage adaptation of Herman Melville's novel, Billy Budd.

In the West End, he appeared in The Long and the Short and the TallThe Ginger ManThe Singular ManAndrocles and the LionThe Showing Up of Blanco PosnetPurple Dust by Seán O'CaseyEntertaining Mr SloaneJoseph Papp's production of The Pirates of Penzance and High Society. He also played Falstaff in a production of The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park. His only Broadway show was the flop La Grosse Valise byRobert DhéryGérard Calvi and Harold Rome.

He appeared in nearly 50 films and numerous television roles, mostly comedies