The 11-time Emmy winner, Television Academy Peer Group Governor and music director for the 1995 Henry Mancini/Leslie Bricusse Broadway adaptation of Victor/Victoria died at home Friday in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer. He was 81.
“It is with profound sadness that we have learned of the passing of Ian Fraser, after a courageous battle with cancer,” Television Academy chairman and chief exec officer Bruce Rosenblum said in a statement released by the Academy. “Our hearts and prayers go out to Ian’s wife, Judee, and their children and grandchildren.”
UK-born Fraser served as music director of the Emmy Awards in 1984, 1993 and 2002, as well as the Academy’s Hall of Fame programs, earning Oscar, Emmy and Grammy nominations. His portfolio also included the music direction of 14 Christmas In Washington specials. “In fact, he holds the record as the most Emmy-honored composer/conductor in television history, with 32 nominations and 11 wins for Outstanding Music Direction,” Rosenblum said. “Ian will be remembered by all who had the great fortune to know and work with him as a man of great taste and talent, intelligence and warmth, and a wonderful sense of humor and fun.”
Fraser’s other Broadway credits included Bricusse’s 1962 Anthony Newley vehicle Stop The World — I Want To Get Off, for which he served as music director and orchestrator. A long association with Julie Andrews as vocal arranger and music director included TV specials, albums and two albums of Broadway songs.