Harry Frazier, 77, actor

Actor best known as Santa

Stage and screen actor Harry Frazier, whose full white beard helped him land Santa Claus roles in movies and commercials, died May 26 of complications from diabetes in Woodland Hills, Calf. He was 77.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. June 30 at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga.

Frazier performed leading roles in Shakespeare plays at the theater for many years, in plays including “The Tempest,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Henry IV.”

Born in 1929, Frazier started appearing in various Broadway plays in the 1960s.

His TV credits included “Night Court,” “Knots Landing,” “Cheers” and “Hill Street Blues.” He also played King Neptune on three “Power Rangers” episodes in 2000.

His career took an upswing in the 1990s when he was tapped to play Santa Claus on the big and small screen in films including “The Elf Who Saved Christmas” and “Deep Cover.” He also appeared in Robert Altman’s “McCabe & Mrs. Miller” and in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” in the “Tall Tales and Legends” series.

He is survived by his mother.

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