Feb. 21st, 1955
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Kelsey Grammer's Main TV Roles
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A five-time Emmy Award winner, Grammer is the first actor in television history to receive multiple Emmy nominations for performing the same role on three series. He received two nominations for his original portrayal of Dr. Frasier Crane on "Cheers" (1982), another for his guest appearance in that role on "Wings" (1990), and nine nominations (earning four awards) as Outstanding Actor for his work on "Frasier" (1993). Over the years, Dr. Frasier Crane has become one of television's most endearing and enduring characters. In addition to his Emmys, Grammer has won two Golden Globe Awards, two American Comedy Awards and a People's Choice Award for his portrait. Grammer's distinctive voice has been heard in several hit animated features, including the voice of "Stinky Pete" in Disney's hit Toy Story 2 (1999) and a part in Anastasia (1997). On television, he has also been seen in several mini-series and movies. In 1996, he hosted an hour-long salute to Jack Benny for which he served as executive producer. He also starred in HBO's award-winning The Pentagon Wars (1998) (TV).
Born in St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, Grammer was raised by his mother and grandfather in New Jersey and then Florida. After his grandfather's death, Grammer was drawn to the works of William Shakespeare (I) and spent two years at the prestigious Juilliard School. He then dove into the world of regional theater, eventually making the leap to Broadway with roles in "Macbeth" and "Othello." He joined the cast of "Cheers" (1982) in 1984. His autobiography, "So Far", was published in fall 1995.
- In memory of his sister who was raped and murdered, he named his daughter Spencer Karen. (Karen was his sister's first name)
- (2001) Signed a new 2 season deal for _"Frasier" (1993)_ (qv). He will be getting about £1.1 million per episode. This makes him the highest paid TV star ever.
- When the producers of _"Frasier" (1993)_ (qv) asked him about approaching 'Bebe Neuwirth' (qv) about re-playing her character on _"Frasier" (1993)_ (qv) as a regular, he said no. He claimed it was because "For this spin-off to work, Fraiser would have to be the only old, familiar thing there. Everything else would have to be brand-new".
- On one episode of _"The Simpsons" (1989)_ (qv), while he portrayed the recurring character "Sideshow Bob", 'David Hyde Pierce' (qv) supplied the voice of Kelsey's brother, mimicking the relationship between the two on _"Frasier" (1993)_ (qv). This joke was repeated and extended a decade later, when Pierce once again played Bob's brother, and 'John Mahoney (I)' (qv) once again played their father.
- 'Leigh McCloskey (I)' (qv)'s roommate and Julliard classmate in New York City during the mid-1970s.
- Suffered a mild heart attack in Hawaii on May 31, 2008.
- (October 1996) Spent a couple of weeks in the Betty Ford clinic for substance abuse.
- (August 2000) He filed suit against his former talent agency, Artists Agency, in order to recover $1.8 million in commissions. The current lawsuit comes on the heels of a Screen Actors Guild arbitration that has ordered him to pay the agency commissions withheld since 1998. Artists Agency is claiming that it has a right to claim ongoing profit participation in _"Frasier" (1993)_ (qv), which means several million dollars in commissions with the show in syndication. He is charging that Artists Agency, which has represented him since the '80s, didn't win him the role of Frasier Crane on either _"Cheers" (1982)_ (qv) or _"Frasier" (1993)_ (qv). In 1996, he switched agencies but continued to pay commission up to 1998, after which Artists Agency began arbitration. The arbitrator's ruling, which was handed down August 4, 2000, upholds a renewal agreement he says he was forced into signing and orders him to pay withheld commissions.