Personal Info

Known For Acting

Known Credits 5

Gender Male

Birthday 1925-09-02

Day of Death 1999-12-28 (74 years old)

Place of Birth Chester, Pennsylvania, USA

Also Known As

  • Paul Draper

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Frederick P. "Fred" Draper (b. September 2, 1925, Chester, Pennsylvania — d. December 28, 1999, Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino County, California) was an American film and television actor. He appeared on numerous television programs and films.

Paul (Fred) Draper attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York graduating in 1947. He attended with such luminaries as Ann Bancroft, Grace Kelley, and John Cassevetted. While there he roomed with Cassevettes and Harry Masters. Draper's friendship with Cassevettes lead to roles in Mr. Cassavettes (now cult status) films. While at the Academy Draper work at the top of the Empire State Building at WNBT (now WNBC.)

Mr. Draper appeared on Climax Theatre, Playhouse Ninety and The Loyd Bridges Show. Worth viewing is the 1963 release of "A Child is Waiting" where Draper appeeared as Dr. Sacks with Judy Garland, Burt Lancaster, Gena Rowlands, Paul Stewart, John Marley, and Bill Mummy.

He appeared in four of director John Cassavetes' films (Faces, Husbands, A Woman Under the Influence, Opening Night). He also played in episodes of the Peter Falk detective series Columbo. In every episode but one Columbo, and the audience, knew who the murder was. Draper, as "Swanny", was the only culprit in the series who was revealed at the climax of the episode.

Paul (Fred) Draper is survived by his wife, Marilyn Draper, his three children, Amy Greer (nee Draper), Frederick Paul Draper III, and Sara Beth Draper-Wessels, and three grand children, Amy's daughter Katheryn (Katie) Draper , and Beth's sons Schyler Wessels and Spencer Wessels.

Opening Night (1977) as Leo

"Future Cop" (TV) as Lieutenant Commander (1 episode, 1977)

Columbo (TV) (6 episodes; 1971-1976)

"Police Woman" as Distinguished Guest (1 episode, 1974)

A Woman Under the Influence as George Mortensen (1974)

Husbands: A Comedy About Life, Death and Freedom (1970)

Faces (1968) as Freddie Draper

"Peyton Place" as Bartender Fred (1 episode, 1966)

"Kraft Suspense Theatre" as Mark's Father (1 episode, 1965)

"The Adventures of Jim Bowie" as Wiley Baker (1 episode, 1957)

"M Squad" as Det. Lt. Wade (1 episode, 1957)

Some description above from the Wikipedia article Fred Draper (American actor), licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Corrections have been made by Mr. Draper's daughter, Sara Beth Draper-Wessels.



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