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.
- When series production of _"Frasier" (1993)_ (qv) ended, Kelsey Grammer tied the record for longest role (Frasier Crane) portrayed by at single actor on prime-time television (_"Cheers" (1982)_ (qv) and _"Frasier" (1993)_ (qv)), at 20 years (1984-2004) Grammer is tied with 'James Arness' (qv) for "Marshall Matt Dillon" on _"Gunsmoke" (1955)_ (qv) (1955-1975).
- On the Fox News debate show _"Hannity & Colmes" (1996)_ (qv), he said that he would like to run for public office someday, perhaps U.S. Senator from California.
- Has entertained the notion that he might involve himself in politics, and discussed running for political office during an interview on the Sean Hannity Radio Show (2005).
- Appears as "Beast" in _X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)_ (qv). 'George Buza' (qv), who was the voice of "Beast" in the animated television series, played a truck driver in the first _X-Men (2000)_ (qv) film. 'Steve Bacic' (qv) played a "Dr. Hank McCoy" in _X2 (2003)_ (qv).
- His father was murdered in the Virgin Islands. His sister was murdered while finishing a shift working at a Red Lobster in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Had two step brothers (from his Dad's second marriage) that were killed in a shark/scuba accident.
- Was the original voice for the Geico Gecko.
- His son was named after his maternal grandfather, Gordon Cranmer, who helped raise him and his sister. He passed away when Kelsey was 11.
- 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".