PASSINGS: Doe Avedon Siegel, Dan Frazer


Doe Avedon Siegel

Model and stage, film, TV actress

Doe Avedon Siegel, 86, a model, actress and young muse for photographer Richard Avedon, died of pneumonia Sunday at Encino Hospital Medical Center, said her daughter-in-law Annette Siegel.


Born April 7, 1925, in Westbury, N.Y., she married Avedon in 1944, when he was just beginning his career. He photographed her for Harper’s Bazaar, and they divorced after five years.

She made two appearances on Broadway in the late 1940s in “The Young and Fair” and “My Name Is Aquilon.” Among her handful of film roles was playing a stewardess to John Wayne’s courageous co-pilot in the 1954 airplane drama “The High and the Mighty.” She had a few TV roles, including on the melodramatic 1950s TV series “Big Town.”

She left acting to marry director Don Siegel and raise their family. They later divorced.

Dan Frazer

Film, TV actor best known for role on ‘Kojak’

Dan Frazer, 90, a veteran film and television actor best known for his role as Capt. Frank McNeil on the 1970s television series “Kojak,” died of a heart attack Dec. 16 at his home in Manhattan, his family said.

A New York native, Frazer started playing character roles in various television series and films in the 1950s. His movies include “Lillies of the Field,” “Cleopatra Jones” and Woody Allen’s “Take the Money and Run,” “Bananas” and “Deconstructing Harry.”

Besides “Kojak,” Frazer appeared on “The Phil Silvers Show,” “Car 54, Where Are You,” “Route 66,” “Law & Order” and other prime-time TV series. He also was a regular on the CBS soap opera “As the World Turns” beginning in the 1980s.

—Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports