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Allen Kelsey Grammer (born February 21, 1955) is an American actor, comedian, producer, director and writer, best known for his two-decade-long portrayal of psychiatrist Dr.
Frasier Crane Dr. Frasier Winslow Crane (born ) is a fictional character on the American television sitcom ''Cheers'' and its Spin-off (media), spin-off ''Frasier'', portrayed by Kelsey Grammer. The character debuted in the ''Cheers'' third-season premiere, " ...
on the NBC sitcom '' Cheers'' and its spin-off '' Frasier''. He is also known for his performance in the political drama series '' Boss'' for which he won a Golden Globe Award, and the period drama series '' The Last Tycoon'', as well as having an recurring role of voicing
Sideshow Bob Robert Underdunk Terwilliger Jr., PhD, better known as Sideshow Bob, is a guest character in the animated television series ''The Simpsons''. He is voiced by Kelsey Grammer and first appeared briefly in the episode "The Telltale Head". Bob is a ...
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'' (1999). He has also appeared in various television shows such as ''
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'', and '' Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt''. Grammer is also known for his work in theatre, acting alongside
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'', and ''Macbeth (play), Macbeth'' on Broadway theatre, Broadway. In 1983, he starred alongside Mandy Patinkin in Stephen Sondheim's ''Sunday in the Park with George'' at Playwrights Horizons, Off-Broadway. He has also starred in productions of ''Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street'' playing the title character, and ''My Fair Lady'' as Professor Henry Higgins. In 2010 he received his first Tony Award nomination for his performance in ''La Cage aux Folles (musical), La Cage aux Folles''. In 2016, Grammer won a Tony Award as a producer of ''The Color Purple (musical), The Color Purple''. In 2019, Grammer starred as Don Quixote in a production of ''Man of La Mancha'' at the London Coliseum. Throughout his career in television Grammer has won five Primetime Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, one Daytime Emmy Award and one Tony Award; additionally, he has also worked as a television producer, director, and writer.


Early life

Allen Kelsey Grammer was born on February 21, 1955, in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, the son of Sally (née Cranmer; 1928–2008), a singer and actress, and Frank Allen Grammer Jr. (d. 1968), a musician and owner of a coffeehouse, coffee shop and a bar and grill called Greer's Place. He had one younger sister, Karen. Grammer's personal life has been surrounded by family tragedies. He was raised by his mother and maternal grandparents in New Jersey.Kelsey Grammer, Desert Island Discs, BBC Radio 4 (Dec 2017) The family later relocated to Pompano Beach, Florida, and shortly afterwards, when Kelsey was twelve years old, his grandfather died of cancer. In 1968, his father was murdered in a home invasion. In 1975, his sister was kidnapped, raped, and murdered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Colorado Springs. In 1980, his two half-brothers died in a scuba diving accident. Grammer attended Pine Crest School, a private preparatory school in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It was there that he first began to sing and perform on stage. From the age of 16, with his mother's approval, he began to smoke a pipe. Grammer won a scholarship to the Juilliard School. He was a member of List of Juilliard School people, Group 6 from 1973 to 1975. Due to his sister's murder, Grammer failed to attend classes and was eventually expelled. According to his interview with the Cayman Compass in 2019, Grammer described himself as "a Caribbean kid" who "was born in St. Thomas, USVI, and I have been back and forth a lot, gone to the Bahamas a lot, St. John and the Virgin Islands and the BVI."


Career


Theatre

After leaving Juilliard School, Juilliard, Grammer had a three-year internship with the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in the late 1970s before a stint in 1980 at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He made his Broadway debut in 1981 as "Lennox" in ''Macbeth'', taking Macbeth (character), the lead role when Philip Anglim withdrew after receiving negative reviews. Grammer then played Michael Cassio in a Broadway revival of ''Othello'', with
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. In 1983 he performed in the demo of the Stephen Sondheim–James Lapine production ''Sunday in the Park with George'', starring Mandy Patinkin. In 2000, Grammer again played ''Macbeth'' on Broadway, in a production that closed after only 10 days. On April 18, 2010, Grammer made his Broadway theatre, Broadway musical debut playing the role of Georges in a revival of the Jerry Herman/Harvey Fierstein musical ''La Cage aux Folles (musical), La Cage aux Folles'' at the Longacre Theatre. Grammer starred alongside Douglas Hodge for which they both were nominated for Tony Awards for Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. Grammer was described by critics as "equally fine", "delivering an assured and charming leading turn". In March 2015, Grammer originated the roles of Charles Frohman and Captain Hook in the Broadway premiere of the musical ''Finding Neverland (musical), Finding Neverland'' continuing with the roles through June 28, 2015. He returned to the stage from January 19 to April 3, 2016. Most recently he made an appearance in the West End production of ''Big Fish (musical), Big Fish''. In 2016, Grammer won a Tony Award as a producer of ''The Color Purple (musical), The Color Purple''. In 2019, Grammer starred as Don Quixote in a production of ''Man of La Mancha'' at the London Coliseum.


Film and television

In 1984, Grammer first appeared as Dr.
Frasier Crane Dr. Frasier Winslow Crane (born ) is a fictional character on the American television sitcom ''Cheers'' and its Spin-off (media), spin-off ''Frasier'', portrayed by Kelsey Grammer. The character debuted in the ''Cheers'' third-season premiere, " ...
in the NBC sitcom '' Cheers''. Grammer's former Juilliard classmate and Broadway co-star Mandy Patinkin suggested Grammer to the New York casting (performing arts), casting director, and he got what was supposed to be a six-episode job, but ended up as a regular cast member. ''Cheers'' was created by James Burrows and aired on NBC from September 30, 1982, to May 20, 1993. The show is set in a bar named Cheers in Boston where a group of locals meet to drink, relax, and socialize. The character of Frasier first appears in the third season and continues to appear until the final season of the series, which aired in May 1993. Grammer has provided the voice of
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on ''
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'', winning an Emmy Award for his work in the episode "The Italian Bob", his fifth Emmy win. He has appeared in twenty-two episodes from the show's beginning in 1989 through 2019's "Bobby, It's Cold Outside". In September 1993 the character became the center of the spin-off '' Frasier'' which became one of the most successful spin-offs in television history. In addition to starring, he also directed more than 30 episodes, especially during the second half of the series, and sang the closing theme "Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs." ''Frasier'' was nominated for and won many Frasier#Awards, awards during its 11-year run, concluding in May 2004. In the show Frasier has moved from Boston to Seattle and works as a radio psychiatrist alongside his producer Roz (Peri Gilpin). The show also starred David Hyde Pierce as Niles, Frasier's brother, and John Mahoney as his father, Martin Crane. Jane Leeves plays his father's health care worker Daphne Moon. The show was a critical hit, and received the most Primetime Emmy Awards for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Comedy Series. This record has never been broken, with ''
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'' tying the record. Grammer himself received 10 Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his role in ''Frasier'', winning four times, tying him with Carroll O'Connor, Michael J. Fox and Jim Parsons for the most wins for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. In February 2021, CBS announced that Grammer would reprise the character in a new reboot of the series set to air on the new streaming service, Paramount+. In 1995, Grammar voiced Dr. Frankenollie in the Mickey Mouse short ''Runaway Brain'' (1995), and it was nominated for Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. He later starred in the lead role as Lt. Commander Thomas "Tom" Dodge in the film ''Down Periscope'' (1996), and voiced Vladimir "Vlad" Vanya Voinitsky Vasilovich in the 20th Century Fox's critically acclaimed animated movie '' Anastasia'' (1997). In 1999, Grammer voiced Stinky Pete in Pixar's Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Golden Globe Award-winning ''
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'' (1999). He also provided voice work for several other animated television series and direct-to-video films, such as ''Barbie of Swan Lake'', ''Bartok the Magnificent'', the title character in the short-lived animated series ''Gary the Rat'' and the narrator of ''Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas, Mickey Mouse – Once Upon a Christmas''. He also voiced Dr. Ivan Krank in the theatrically Disney film ''Teacher's Pet (2004 film), Disney's Teacher's Pet'' (2004). In 2001, he negotiated a $700,000-per-episode salary for ''Frasier''. The series lasted 11 seasons running from 1993 to 2004. His 20-year run playing Dr. Frasier Crane ties a length set by James Arness in playing Matt Dillon (Gunsmoke), Marshal Matt Dillon on ''Gunsmoke'' from 1955 to 1975 but was surpassed by Richard Belzer in playing John Munch, Det. John Munch on ''Homicide: Life on the Street'' and ''Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'' since 1993. Frasier Crane also had a Crossover (fiction), crossover appearance in 1992 ''Wings (1990 TV series), Wings'' episode "Planes, Trains, & Visiting Cranes". The show featured a variety of guest stars from ''Cheers'' including Ted Danson, Shelley Long, Woody Harrelson, Rhea Perlman, George Wendt and John Ratzenberger. Bebe Neuwirth appears in a recurring role throughout the series as Frasier's ex-wife Lilith. Other guest stars include Laura Linney,
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, Nathan Lane, Patrick Stewart, Patrick Macnee, Derek Jacobi, Michael Keaton, Laurie Metcalf, Jean Smart and Eva Marie Saint. One of ''Frasier'' 's in-jokes was its use of celebrities as guest stars who were put through on Frasier's radio program as callers seeking advice. In 2004, he played Ebenezer Scrooge in the musical television film ''A Christmas Carol (2004 film), A Christmas Carol''.


Work post-''Frasier''

In 2005, Grammer returned to television. He produced and appeared in an American adaptation of the Television in the United Kingdom, British show ''The Sketch Show'', which aired on Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox. The main cast consisted of Malcolm Barrett (actor), Malcolm Barrett, Kaitlin Olson, Mary Lynn Rajskub and Paul F. Tompkins, as well as Lee Mack from the British version of the show. Grammer appeared in only short opening and closing segments in each episode. Many of the Sketch comedy, sketches from the British version were re-created, such as the "California Dreamin'", "English Course", and "Sign Language" sketches. Only six episodes of the show were made, and it was Cancellation (television), cancelled after only four of them had aired. In 2007, Grammer starred with Patricia Heaton in the American sitcom ''Back to You (TV series), Back to You'', which Fox cancelled after its first season. His next attempt, American Broadcasting Company, ABC's ''Hank (2009 TV series), Hank'', fared even worse. It was cancelled after only five episodes had aired. Grammer later commented, "Honestly, it just wasn't very funny." In 2011 and 2012, Grammer found temporary success in the Starz (TV channel), Starz drama series '' Boss'' as a fictional mayor of Chicago in the mold of Richard J. Daley which premiered in October 2011. It was his first Dramatic programming, dramatic TV series. At the 69th Golden Globe Awards, 2012 Golden Globe Awards Kelsey Grammer won the award for Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama#2010s, Best Actor in a Television Series Drama for his role on '' Boss''. The show ran for 18 episodes over two seasons. In 2010–2012, Grammer guest starred as a comical version of himself in three episodes of the NBC show ''
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'' alongside Jane Krakowski and Jack McBrayer. In 2014 Grammer returned to sitcom television in ''Partners (2014 TV series), Partners'' with comedian Martin Lawrence. The Lionsgate-produced show was written and executive produced by Robert L. Boyett and Robert Horn, known for writing hit shows like ''Family Matters'', ''Living Single'', ''Full House'', ''Designing Women'', and ''Perfect Strangers (TV series), Perfect Strangers''. Despite this, the show was cancelled after its first season. Later that same year, Grammer starred in several films such as Bonaparte in ''The Expendables 3'' (2014) and as Harold Attinger in ''Transformers: Age of Extinction'' (2014). The following year in 2015, he played Buckley in ''Best of Enemies (2015 film), Best of Enemies'' (2015) and appeared in the National Geographic TV film ''Killing Jesus (2015 film), Killing Jesus'' (2015) as Herod the Great, a film in which he both played a role and narrated. More recent work includes a role as Harry Hamilton in the Netflix film ''Like Father'' with Kristen Bell (2018) and as a detective opposite Nicolas Cage in ''Grand_Isle_(2019_film), Grand Isle'' (2019).


Other work

Grammer's voice has been featured in many commercials. One of the earliest was a 1998 commercial for Honey Nut Cheerios, where he voices the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood. Since 2006, Grammer has provided the voice for television commercials advertising Hyundai Motor Company, Hyundai. In 2008, Grammer reprised his role of Dr. Frasier Crane in a commercial for Dr Pepper (''Frasier'' and ''Cheers'' co-star Bebe Neuwirth also reprised her role as Lilith Sternin in the same commercial, albeit in voice only). In 2015 Grammer and John Lithgow lent their voices to the critically acclaimed documentary ''Best of Enemies (2015 film), Best of Enemies'' as William F. Buckley, William F. Buckley, Jr. and Gore Vidal, respectively. The documentary surrounds the events around the televised debates between intellectuals Vidal and Buckley during the 1968 United States presidential election. The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Documentary but did not make the final cut.


Filmography


Film


Television


Theater

Video games


Production work


Director


Producer

His production company, Grammnet Productions, produces the The CW Television Network, CW situation comedy, sitcoms ''Girlfriends (U.S. TV series), Girlfriends'' and ''The Game (U.S. TV series), The Game'' (now on Black Entertainment Television, BET), the NBC drama ''Medium (TV Series), Medium'', and many other projects.


Awards and nominations

Grammer won a number of Emmy Award, Emmys, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Golden Globe Award, Golden Globes for his work on ''Frasier''. He was the first American actor ever to be nominated for multiple Emmy awards for portraying the same character on three different television shows ('' Cheers'', '' Frasier'', and ''Wings (1990 TV series), Wings''). In 2010, Grammer received his first Tony Award nomination for Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, Best Actor in a Musical for his acclaimed performance in ''La Cage aux Folles (musical), La Cage Aux Folles'' opposite Douglas Hodge. In 2016, he received his second Tony Award nomination and first win for Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Revival of a Musical as a producer for ''The Color Purple (musical), The Color Purple.'' On May 22, 2001, he was presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for television. In 1999 he received a nomination from Directors Guild of America award for directing the episode ''Frasier''. At the Golden Globe Award, Golden Globes, he has received nine nominations winning three times.


Personal life

Grammer has been married four times and has seven children and one grandchild . His first marriage to dance instructor Doreen Alderman lasted from 1982 to 1990, although they were Legal separation, separated for the last six years of that period. They have one daughter, actress Spencer Grammer (born October 9, 1983). Through Spencer, Grammer has one grandson, Spencer's son Emmett Emmanual Hesketh (born October 10, 2011). After his divorce from Alderman, Grammer had a daughter, Greer Grammer, Kandace Greer Grammer ("Greer Grammer"; born February 15, 1992), with hair and makeup stylist Barrie Buckner. Greer was a cast member on MTV's show ''Awkward.'' His second marriage, to Leigh-Anne Csuhany in September 1992, lasted one year. Grammer filed for an annulment when Csuhany was three months pregnant and evicted her from their home. The pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. Grammer claimed she was Domestic violence, abusive and fired a gun at him. In 1994, he met 28-year-old Tammi Baliszewski, also known as Tammi Alexander, at a bar in Manhattan Beach, California. In December 1994, they appeared together on the cover of People (American magazine), ''People'' magazine, announcing their engagement and Grammer's Substance dependence, substance abuse problems. In August 1997, Grammer married his third wife, dancer and model Camille Donatacci. They met on a wikt:blind date, blind date in 1996. They have a daughter, born October 2001, and a son, born August 2004, both born to a Surrogacy, surrogate mother. During their marriage, several of Grammer and Donatacci's homes were featured in magazines, including ones in Malibu, California (February 2001, ''InStyle''), Maui (May 2004, ''InStyle''), Long Island, Long Island, New York (April 2008, ''InStyle''), Beaver Creek Resort, Bachelor Gulch, Colorado (''Architectural Digest)'', and Bel Air, Los Angeles (''Architectural Digest''). In New York City, they lived at 15 Central Park West. It was announced on July 1, 2010, that Grammer had filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. Grammer and Donatacci's divorce was finalized on February 10, 2011. On August 12, 2010, Grammer announced that he was going to be a father for the fifth time with girlfriend Kayte Walsh, an English flight attendant 25 years his junior, daughter of former soccer player Alan Walsh (footballer), Alan Walsh. However, in October, Grammer announced that Walsh had Miscarriage, miscarried six weeks earlier. The couple announced their engagement in December 2010, and married at Plaza Hotel, The Plaza Hotel in New York City on February 25, 2011, two weeks after the finalization of Grammer's third divorce. Grammer and Walsh have a daughter, born July 2012, and two sons, born July 2014 and November 2016. Murder of Karen Grammer On July 1, 1975, Freddie Glenn, Michael Corbett (d. 2019), and one other man abducted, raped, and murdered Grammer's younger sister, 18-year-old Karen Grammer. Grammer, then 20, identified her body. He and his sister had been close, and he was devastated by her death; his later bouts of alcoholism and drug addiction were fueled in part by guilt and depression. In a 2012 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Grammer said he would be willing to forgive the perpetrators if they would take responsibility for the crime, but that they all continued to say they were innocent. In the same interview, Grammer expressed his loss of faith for a few years after Karen's death. He subsequently forgave Glenn in a 2014 parole hearing after being convinced of Glenn's contrition, but refused to support his release, saying that it would "be a betrayal of my sister's life". He named his daughter Spencer Grammer, Spencer Karen Grammer in part for his sister. Karen Grammer's murder and the investigation by the Colorado Springs Police Department was the subject of the episode "Animal Nature" of the Investigation Discovery series ''Homicide Hunter''.


Politics

Grammer is a supporter of the Republican Party (United States), Republican Party and endorses the Tea Party movement on economic issues such as small government and Tax cut, lower taxes; ''City A.M.'' described him as "one of Cinema of the United States, Hollywood's best-known Republicans, a rare spark of red in a blue sea of Democratic Party (United States), Democrats". While a ''New York (magazine), New York'' magazine profile published in 2010 described him as Abortion-rights movements, pro-choice, Grammer in 2015 posted an Instagram photo of himself with his wife Kayte wearing a T-shirt by the Anti-abortion movement, pro-life group Abort73. Grammer is supportive of same-sex marriage, stating "I think marriage is up to two people who love each other". He has expressed skepticism on the scientific consensus on climate change, comparing the 2018 California wildfires, California wildfires to alleged global cooling from his youth and expressing skepticism on the 2011 and 2018 climate meetings. Additionally, he stated in a 2016 interview with ''The Guardian'' that the person he admired most was Vladimir Putin "Because he is so comfortably who he is." He also expressed support for Brexit, Britain leaving the European Union, urging them to move forward with it. Grammer has labeled Washington politicians a "bunch of clowns". He has expressed an interest in some day running for United States Congress, Mayor of New York City, and the presidency. Grammer was a guest at President George W. Bush's first inauguration. Grammer endorsed Rudy Giuliani in the Republican Party (United States) presidential primaries, 2008, 2008 presidential primary and later campaigned for John McCain in the 2008 United States presidential election, general election. Grammer promoted RightNetwork, a Conservatism in the United States, conservative start-up American television network. He endorsed Michele Bachmann for the Republican Party (United States) presidential primaries, 2012, Republican nomination for president in 2012. After Mitt Romney won the nomination, Grammer endorsed him. He supported Ben Carson's candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, although he endorsed Donald Trump when the latter was selected.


Health problems

Grammer has a history of substance abuse. In 1988, Grammer was charged for Driving under the influence, drunk driving and cocaine possession and sentenced to 30 days in jail. In August 1990, Grammer was charged again for cocaine possession and was sentenced to three years' probation, fined $500, and required to perform 300 hours of community service. In January 1991, Grammer was given an additional two years' probation for violating his original probation through additional cocaine use. In September 1996, he crashed his Dodge Viper while intoxicated, and subsequently checked into the Betty Ford Center (an Drug rehabilitation, alcohol rehabilitation clinic) for 30 days. The cast and producers of both ''Frasier'' and ''Cheers'' held Intervention (counseling), interventions to help him. Grammer's personal problems affected his work; co-star Bebe Neuwirth and writer Ken Levine (TV personality), Ken Levine cited delays with rehearsals and filming due to his erratic behavior. Writer Dan O'Shannon recalled, however, that Grammer credits his religion for helping him through with his struggles with Alcoholism, alcohol and drug use, as well as his personal tragedies. On May 31, 2008, while paddleboarding with his then-wife Camille Grammer, Camille in Hawaii, Grammer experienced a Myocardial infarction, heart attack. Their personal assistant, Scott MacLean was essential in saving his life. Grammer was discharged on June 4, 2008, and was said to be "resting comfortably" at his Hawaiian residence. Seven weeks after the attack, Grammer told ''Entertainment Tonight'' that, although at the time his spokesman described the attack as mild, it was in fact more severe, almost leading to his death, as his Cardiac arrest, heart had stopped. Grammer thought Fox's decision to cancel his TV sitcom ''Back to You (TV series), Back to You'' contributed to his health problems, stating that "It was a very stressful time for me, and a surprise that it was cancelled. But you know, everything that doesn't kill us—which it almost did—makes us stronger!" Legal issues In 1995, Grammer was accused of sleeping with his child's underage babysitter. A grand jury chose not to indict the actor saying, "The young woman's delay of more than a year in pressing charges against Mr. Grammer made it difficult to support her claim" according to the County Prosecutor Nicholas L. Bissell Jr., Nicholas L. Bissell Jr. Grammer released a statement saying, "I have said from the outset that there was no basis for the allegations". In 1996, Grammer's ex-girlfriend, Cerlette Lamme, sued him for defamation of character and Privacy law, invasion of privacy over content he included in his autobiography ''So Far''. In 1998, Grammer filed a lawsuit against Seth Warshavsky, Internet Entertainment Group (IEG), which Grammer claimed had stolen from his home a Celebrity sex tape, videotape of him sleeping with a woman. IEG countersued Grammer, denying it was in possession of such a tape, and Grammer's suit was eventually dropped. IEG President Seth Warshavsky later said, "We have been presented with another Kelsey Grammer tape. But we have no plans to air it. We are still evaluating it at this time."


References


Further reading

* Grammer, Kelsey. ''So Far''. New York: Viking Press, 1995. Print. . . His Autobiography.


External links

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