Allen Kelsey Grammer is an American producer, writer, actor, and director. He was born on 21st February 1955 in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Kelsey Grammer is well known for his two-decade-long portrayal of acerbic, pompous, but loveable psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane on the sitcom Cheers and won two Golden Globe Awards and four Primetime Emmy Awards for it.
Grammer is also well-known for his acting in Boss, a political drama series. He won a Golden Globe Award for it. In addition, he also appeared in several television shows, such as Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Modern Family, and 30 Rock.
Film and Television
Kelsey first appeared as Dr. Frasier Crane in 1984 in the NBC sitcom Cheers. The Broadway co-star and former Juilliard classmate of Grammer Mandy Patinkin suggested him to the New York casting director. So, Grammer got a six-episode job, and he ended up as a regular cast member because of his performance. James Burrows created Cheers, and it aired on NBC from 30th September 1982 to 20th May 1993.
Grammer played this character for twenty years. The show was set in a bar in Boston; named Cheers, where a group of locals meets to socialize, relax, and drink. In the third season, the character of Frasier first appeared and continued to appear till the final seasons. The last season of the series aired in May 1993. Dr. Frasier Crane’s character of Grammer become a popular character.
The character became the main attraction of the spin-off Frasier in September 1993. It became television history’s most successful spin-off. Grammer, for his performance on Frasier, won the Emmy Award in 1994-1995 and 1998. In 2004, Frasier ended and marked the 20th year of Grammer playing Dr. Frasier Crane.
The career of Grammer was threatened in 1988 when he got arrested for possession of cocaine and drunken driving. Moreover, Kelsey Grammer has also provided the voice of Sideshow Bob on The Simpsons. Grammer won Emmy Award for his work in the episode The Italian Bob, and it was the fifth Emmy award of Grammer. He appeared in the show from the beginning in a total of 22 episodes.
After the end of Frasier, Grammer continued to appear in television and movies. His later films include X-Men: The Last Stand, Fame (a remake of the 1980’s film of the same name), I Do not Know How She Does it, Even Money, and Swing Vote. With a sitcom Back to You, Grammer returned to the small screen in 2007. It is a sitcom about a news program that got canceled just after one season.
Grammer then appeared in another short-lived sitcom, Hank, in which he played the role of a fired executive. He later, in 2015-16, starred in Finding Neverland. Grammer also performed on the London stage, remarkably appearing in the musicals Man of La Mancha and Big Fish.
Awards and Achievements
Grammer won several Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and Emmys for his work in the TV show Frasier. Moreover, he was the first American actor nominated for portraying the same character on three different television shows: Wings, Frasier, and Cheers.
Grammer, in 2010, got nominated for the first Tony Award for Best Actor in Musical for his applauded performance in La Cage Aux Folles.
He received his second Tony Award Nomination in 2016 and had his first win for Best Revival of a Musical for The Color Purple (as a producer). Grammer has also presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 22nd May 2001. He received a nomination in 1999 from the Directors Guild of American award for directing the Frasier episode.
Grammer received nine nominations at the Golden Globes and won three of them.
Kelsey Grammer has proved himself in different fields and well-known for his character of Dr. Frasier Crane in the sitcom Cheers and its spin-off Frasier. Moreover, Grammer has worked in several other movies and television shows and proved himself as the best. Due to his outstanding performances in shows and movies, he has multiple awards.