Fraker may not be a household name, but odds are you've seen something he helped shoot. He was nominated six times for an Academy Award for his work on the films Looking for Mr. Goodbar, Heaven Can Wait, 1941, WarGames and Murphy's Romance, as well as a visual effects mention for 1941. He also served as cinematographer on Bullitt (starring Steve McQueen) and Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby.
After serving in the Navy during World War II, Fraker returned home and enrolled in USC's film school. He would return to USC as a teacher in the last few years of his life, where students undoubtedly learned a great deal from someone who'd worked in the trenches of the industry for so long.
Former American Society of Cinematographers President Richard Crudo spoke of Fraker in glowing terms: "Billy Fraker was the epitome of a Hollywood cinematographer. He was immensely talented, handsome and charismatic, and he has a body of work that was the envy of us all. We are always going to miss him."
Fraker received the ASC's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 and served as the group's president on three separate occasions.