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Eddie Frazier
Eddie Fraxier AITF
William Windom appeared as Eddie Frazier, one of Archie's old Army platoon buddies in the first season of "All in the Family".
Personal Information
Gender: Male
Self-Made Millionaire
One of Archie's old Army platoon friends in WWII, whose "success" in his business endeavors means nothing to him compared to his estrangement from his son
Related to: Eddie Frazier, Jr. (estranged son)
Character information
Appeared on: All in the Family
Episodes appeared in: "Success Story" in Season 1
Character played by: William Windom
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Eddie Frazier was a World War II buddy of Archie who visits him the the season one episode titled "Success Story". Eddie was played by veteran actor William Windom, who is perhaps best known for his extensive work on television, including guest appearances on Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, Murder, She Wrote, Gunsmoke, and Matt Houston.

About Eddie[]

Eddie arrives after the other buddies, Billy Pendergast (Len Lesser), The Frouge Twins (they're unrelated!), Fred (Frank E. Ford) and Joe (George Savalas), with an elaborate gift for Archie. Eddie, who's by now a self-made millionaire, and all the talk among the other old platoon buddies, was invited by Archie as well as the rest of his old platoon for a reunion. Mike, who resents Eddie's wealth, questions what he has done for his fellow man, accuses Eddie of being "selfish and thoughtless". When Eddie arrives, Archie introduces him to the family.

Eddie is especially happy to meet Mike, who reminds him of his own son, Greg. Eddie acts as the life of the party making jokes with Archie and the guys, but then slips off to use the phone. Mike overhears Eddie's phone conversation with his son, who hasn't spoken to his Dad in years, and doesn't want anything to do with him now. Afterwards, Eddie initially puts on a brave front for Mike about his call, but realizing Mike sees through it, he confesses the truth. He came to town in an attempt to meet and reconcile with his son, but his son wants no part of it.

Realizing that Eddie is a man with only material wealth but a dysfunctional family situation, Mike decides against telling Archie. But while Eddie puts his brave front back on to be with the guys, he and Mike look at each other, and he crumbles, using laughter to hide his crying.