Kelsey Grammer is an actor and comedian. Grammer is most widely known for his two-decade portrayal of psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane on the hit NBC sitcoms Cheers and Frasier.
Kelsey Grammer has won five Emmy Awards, and has also worked as a television producer, director, writer, and as a voice artist on The Simpsons. Grammer has been married four times and has five children.
Kelsey Grammer came to broader public attention as Dr. Frasier Crane in the NBC sitcom Cheers. Grammer’s former Juilliard classmate and Broadway co-star Patinkin suggested Grammer to the New York casting director, and he got what was supposed to be a six-episode job, but ended up as a regular cast member.
The character became the center of the spin-off Frasier, one of the most successful spin-offs in TV 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 won and was nominated for many awards during its 11-year run.
In 2001, Kelsey Grammer negotiated a $700,000-per-episode salary for Frasier. His 20-year run playing Dr. Frasier Crane ties a length set by James Arness in playing Marshal Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke from 1955 to 1975 and Richard Belzer in playing Det. John Munch on Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit since 1993.
In 2005, Kelsey Grammer returned to television. He produced and appeared in an American adaptation of the British show The Sketch Show, which aired on Fox. The main cast consisted of 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 sketches from the British version were recreated, such as the “California Dreamin'”, “English Course”, and “Sign Language” sketches. Only six episodes of the show were made, and it was cancelled after only four of them had aired.
In 2011–2012, Kelsey Grammer starred in the Starz drama series Boss as a fictional mayor of Chicago in the mold of Richard J. Daley which premiered in October 2011. It is his first dramatic TV series. At the 2012 Golden Globe Awards Kelsey Grammer won the award for Best Actor in a Television Series Drama for his role on Boss. The show ran for 18 episodes over two seasons.
How Kelsey Grammer Made His Money – Acting
Estimated Net Worth: $62 Million
Birthday: February 21, 1955
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