Mr. Frazier's stout physique, jolly appearance and full beard made him a natural for two roles: Santa Claus and Sir John Falstaff. He played both parts often. His Shakespeare credits did not stop at the Falstaff plays. At the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga, CA, he had leading roles in The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Henry IV and others plays. He also performed in Shakespeare festivals in San Diego, Garden Grove and elsewhere around California, according to the L.A. Times.
He donned Santa's red suit most frequently for television. Among his Father Christmas credits were "The Elf and the Magic Key," "The Elf Who Saved Christmas," "Deep Cover," "Knots Landing," "Night Court" and "Cheers."
Mr. Frazier was born July 30, 1929, in Elk County, PA. He began his acting career in regional theatre in the late 1950s, at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. He appeared on Broadway in three plays presented by ACT which had short runs in 1969 and ran in repertory: Albee's Tiny Alice, Chekhov's Three Sisters and Feydeau's A Flea in Her Ear. The first two were directed by William Ball, the last by Gower Champion.