Kelsey Grammer

Allen Kelsey Grammer[1] (born February 21, 1955) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, singer, producer, director, writer and activist, best known for his two-decade-long portrayal of psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane on the NBC sitcoms Cheers and Frasier. He has won five Primetime Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and one Tony Award, and has also worked as a television producer, director, and writer.

Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer 2000
Grammer in 2000
Born
Allen Kelsey Grammer

February 21, 1955 (age 64)
Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
EducationJuilliard School
OccupationActor, voice actor, comedian, singer, producer, director, writer
Years active1979–present
Notable credit(s)
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
  • Doreen Alderman
    (m. 1982; div. 1990)
  • Leigh-Anne Csuhany
    (m. 1992; ann. 1993)
  • Camille Donatacci
    (m. 1997; div. 2011)
  • Kayte Walsh
    (m. 2011)
Children7, including Spencer and Greer Grammer

Early life

He was born February 21, 1955, in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands,[1][2] the son of Sally (née Cranmer; 1928–2008),[3][4] a singer and actress, and Frank Allen Grammer, Jr. (d. 1968),[3] a musician and owner of a coffee shop and a bar and grill called Greer's Place.[5][6] He had one younger sister, Karen.

Grammer was raised by his mother and maternal grandparents in New Jersey.[7] The family relocated to Florida, and shortly afterwards, Kelsey's grandfather died of cancer when he was twelve years old.[7] In 1968, his father was murdered in a home invasion.[8][9] In 1975, his sister was kidnapped, raped, and murdered.[10] In 1980, his two half-brothers died while they were scuba diving off the coast of the Virgin Islands.[11]

Grammer attended Pine Crest School, a private preparatory school in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.[7] It was there that he first began to sing and perform on stage.[7] From the age of 16, with his mother's approval, he began to smoke a pipe.[7] Grammer won a scholarship to the Juilliard School.[7] He was a member of Group 6, 1973–1975.[12] He failed to attend classes and was eventually expelled.[7]

Career

Theatre

After leaving 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 the lead role when Philip Anglim withdrew after receiving negative reviews. Grammer then played Michael Cassio in a Broadway revival of Othello, with James Earl Jones and Christopher Plummer. In 1983 he performed in the demo of the Stephen SondheimJames 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.[13]

On April 18, 2010, Grammer made his Broadway musical debut playing the role of Georges in a revival of the Jerry Herman/Harvey Fierstein musical La Cage aux Folles, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. Grammer originated the roles of Charles Frohman and Captain Hook in the Broadway premiere of the musical Finding Neverland in March 2015, continuing with the roles through June 28, 2015.[14] 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.[15]

Television: Cheers, Frasier, Wings

In 1984, Grammer appeared as Dr. Frasier Crane in the NBC sitcom Cheers. Grammer's former Juilliard classmate and Broadway co-star Mandy 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 until May 1993, when the show ended.[16]

In September 1993 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 was nominated for and won many awards during its 11-year run, concluding in May 2004.

Grammer received 11 consecutive Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his role in Frasier. He won four times, tied with Carrol O'Connor, Michael J. Fox and Jim Parsons for the most wins for Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series.

In 2001, he negotiated a US$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[1] but was surpassed by Richard Belzer in playing Det. John Munch on Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit since 1993.

Frasier Crane also had a crossover appearance in 1993 Wings episode "Planes, Trains, & Visiting Cranes".

Work post-Frasier

In 2005, 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 re-created, 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 2007, Grammer starred with Patricia Heaton in the American sitcom Back to You, which Fox cancelled after its first season. His next attempt, ABC's Hank, fared even worse. It was cancelled after only five episodes had aired. Grammer later commented, "Honestly, it just wasn't very funny."[17]

In 2011 and 2012, Grammer found temporary success in the Starz drama series Boss as a fictional mayor of Chicago in the mold of Richard J. Daley which premiered in October 2011.[18] It was his first dramatic TV series.[19] 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.[20]

In 2010–2012, Grammer guest starred as a comical version of himself in three episodes of the NBC show 30 Rock alongside Jane Krakowski and Jack McBrayer.

In 2014 Grammer returned to sitcom television in 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. Despite this the show was cancelled after its first season.

Grammer has had parts in films such as Down Periscope (1996), Anastasia (1997), Toy Story 2 (1999), A Christmas Carol (2004), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), Swing Vote (2008), Fame (2009), The Expendables 3 (2014), Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014), Best of Enemies (2015), the National Geographic TV film Killing Jesus (2015) (in which he both played a role and narrated), and most recently the Netflix film Like Father with Kristen Bell (2019).

Voice work

Grammer has provided the voice of Sideshow Bob on The Simpsons, winning an Emmy Award for his work in the episode "The Italian Bob", his fifth Emmy win.[21] He has appeared in eighteen episodes from the show's inception in 1989 through 2015's "Treehouse of Horror XXVI". Grammer supplied his voice for many other projects, including Pixar's Golden Globe Award-winning Toy Story 2 (1999), 20th Century Fox's critically acclaimed animated movie Anastasia, as well as Barbie of Swan Lake, Bartok the Magnificent, the title character in the short-lived animated series Gary the Rat, Disney's Teacher's Pet, the Mickey Mouse short Runaway Brain and the narrator of Mickey Mouse – Once Upon a Christmas.

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. 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, the voices of Grammer and John Lithgow were used in the critically acclaimed documentary Best of Enemies as William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal, respectively.[22]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Galaxies Are Colliding Peter
1995 Runaway Brain Dr. Frankenollie Voice
Short film
1996 Down Periscope Tom Dodge
1997 Anastasia Vladimir Voice
1998 The Real Howard Spitz Howard Spitz
1999 Standing on Fishes Verk
Bartok the Magnificent Zozi Voice
Direct-to-video
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Narrator
Toy Story 2 Stinky Pete the Prospector Voice
2001 15 Minutes Robert Hawkins
Just Visiting Narrator Uncredited voice
God Lives Underwater: Fame Robert Hawkins Short film
2003 The Big Empty Agent Banks
Barbie of Swan Lake Rothbart Voice
Direct-to-video
2004 Teacher's Pet Dr. Ivan Krank Voice
2005 The Good Humor Man Mr. Skibness
2006 Even Money Detective Brunner
X-Men: The Last Stand Dr. Henry "Hank" McCoy / Beast
2008 Swing Vote President Andrew Boone
An American Carol Patton
2009 Middle Men Frank Griffin
Fame Mr. Martin Cranston
2010 Crazy on the Outside Frank
2011 I Don't Know How She Does It Clark Cooper
2013 Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return Tin Man Voice
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past Dr. Henry "Hank" McCoy / Beast (adult) Cameo;
Shared role with Nicholas Hoult
Think Like a Man Too Lee Fox
The Expendables 3 Bonaparte
Transformers: Age of Extinction Harold Attinger
Reach Me Angelo AldoBrandini
Breaking the Bank Charles Bunbury
2015 Entourage Himself Cameo
Best of Enemies William F. Buckley Voice
2016 Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Shelby's Dad
Storks Hunter Voice
2017 Bunyan and Babe The Amazing Blackstone / Norman Blandsford
2018 Guardians of the Tomb Mason
Like Father Harry Hamilton

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1979 Ryan's Hope Waiter Uncredited
Episode: "#1.1051"
1982 Another World Head Paramedic Episode: "#1.4498"
1982 Macbeth Lennox Television film
1983 Kennedy Stephen Smith 5 episodes
1984 Kate & Allie David Hamill Episode: "Allie's First Date"
George Washington Lieutenant Stewart 1 episode
1984–1993 Cheers Dr. Frasier Crane 203 episodes
1986 Crossings Craig Lawson 2 episodes
1987 You Are the Jury Stuart Cooper Episode: "The State of Oregan vs. Stanley Manning"
J.J. Starbuck Pierce Morgan Episode: "Murder in E Minor"
1988 Mickey's 60th Birthday Dr. Frasier Crane Television special
Dance 'til Dawn Ed Strull Television film
1989 227 Mr. Anderson Episode: "For Sale"
Top of the Hill Unknown Television movie
1990 The Tracey Ullman Show Mr. Brenna Episode: "Maria and the Mister"
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Dr. Frasier Crane Episode: "Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration"
The Earth Day Special Television special
1990–present The Simpsons Sideshow Bob Voice
22 episodes
1991 Baby Talk Russell Episode: "One Night with Elliot"
1992 Wings Dr. Frasier Crane Episode: "Planes, Trains and Visiting Cranes"
Star Trek: The Next Generation Captain Morgan Bateson Episode: "Cause and Effect"
1993 Roc Detective Rush Episode: "To Love and Die on Emerson Street (Part 2)"
Beyond Suspicion Ron McNally Television film
1993–2004 Frasier Dr. Frasier Crane 263 episodes
1994 The Innocent Detective Frank Barlow Television film
1995 Biography George Washington Documentary
Episode: "Benedict Arnold: Triumph and Treason"
1996 London Suite Sydney Nichols Television film
1997 Fired Up Tom Whitman 2 episodes
1998 The Pentagon Wars General Partridge Television film
Just Shoot Me! Narrator Voice
Episode: "How the Finch Stole Christmas"
1999 Animal Farm Snowball Voice
Television film
2000 Stark Raving Mad Professor Tuttle Episode: "The Grade"
2001 The Sports Pages Howard Greene Television film
Segment "How Doc Waddems Finally Broke 100"
2002 Mr. St. Nick Nick St. Nicholas Television film
2003 Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor George Washington Television film
Becker Rick Cooper Episode: "But I've Got Friends I Haven't Used Yet"
2003 Gary the Rat Gary Andrews Voice
13 episodes
2004 A Christmas Carol: The Musical Ebenezer Scrooge Television film
Sesame Street Himself 1 episode
2005 Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show Various characters 6 episodes
2006 Medium Bob Sherman/Angel of Death Episode: "Death Takes a Policy"
2007–2008 Back to You Chuck Darling 17 episodes
2009–2010 Hank Hank Pryor 10 episodes
2010 The Troop Dr. Cranius Voice
Episode: "Do Not Talk to Dr. Cranius"
2010–2012 30 Rock Himself 3 episodes
2011–2012 Boss Mayor Tom Kane 18 episodes
2014 Partners Allen Braddock 10 episodes
2015 Killing Jesus King Herod/Narrator Television film
2016 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Himself Voice
Episode: "Kimmy Kidnaps Gretchen!"
2016–2017 The Last Tycoon Pat Brady 9 episodes
2016–2018 Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia Blinky Voice
52 episodes
2017 Modern Family Keifth Episode: "Ringmaster Keifth"
Porters Mendel Dolem Episode: "#1.1"
2018–19 3Below: Tales of Arcadia Blinky Voice
2 Episodes
2019 Arrow Narrator Uncredited voice
Episode: "Emerald Archer"[23]
Proven Innocent Gore Bellows Main role

Theater

Year Title Role Notes
1981 Macbeth Lennox Vivian Beaumont Theatre
1982 Othello Michael Cassio Winter Garden Theatre
Plenty Codename Lazar The Public Theater
1983 Quartermaine's Terms Mark Sackling Playhouse 91
Sunday in the Park with George Young Man on the Bank and soldier Playwrights Horizons
2000 Macbeth Macbeth Colonial Theater
Music Box Theatre
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Sweeney Todd Ahmanson Theatre
2007 My Fair Lady Professor Henry Higgins Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall
2010–2011 La Cage aux Folles Georges Longacre Theatre
2015–2016 Finding Neverland Charles Frohman/Captain Hook Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
2015–2017 The Color Purple Producer
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
2017 Big Fish Edward Bloom The Other Palace
2019 Man of La Mancha Miguel de Cervantes / Don Quixote London Coliseum

Video games

Year Title Voice role
2007 The Simpsons Game Sideshow Bob

Director

Year Title Notes
1996–2004 Frasier 36 episodes
2001 Neurotic Tendencies Pilot
2005 Out of Practice 2 episodes
2006 My Ex Life Pilot
2007 Everybody Hates Chris Episode: "Everybody Hates the Last Day"
2009 Hank 2 episodes
Alligator Point Pilot
2014 Partners 2 episodes

Producer

His production company, Grammnet Productions, produces the CW sitcoms Girlfriends and The Game (now on BET), the NBC drama Medium, and many other projects.

Year Title Contribution Notes
1993–2004 Frasier Executive producer 262 episodes
1994 The Innocent Television film
1995 Kelsey Grammer Salutes Jack Benny Television documentary
1997–1998 Fired Up 28 episodes
2000–2008 Girlfriends 172 episodes
2001 Neurotic Tendencies Pilot
2002–2003 In-Laws 15 episodes
2003 Gary the Rat 12 episodes
Alligator Point Pilot
2004 The Soluna Project Pilot
2005 The Good Humor Man Feature film
Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show 6 episodes
World Cup Comedy 6 episodes
2005–2011 Medium 129 episodes
2006–2009 The Game 64 episodes
2007 Dash 4 Cash Pilot
2007–2008 Back to You 17 episodes
2009–2010 Hank 6 episodes
2010 The Kelsey Grammer Bill Zucker Comedy Hour Producer Pilot
2011–2012 Boss Executive producer 18 episodes
2014 Partners 10 episodes
2018 Light as a Feather

Awards

Grammer won a number of Emmys, Screen Actors Guild Award, and 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). In 2010, Grammer received his first Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical for his acclaimed performance in La Cage Aux Folles opposite Douglas Hodge. In 2016, he received his second Tony Award nomination and win for Best Revival of a Musical as a producer for The Color Purple.[24] 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 Globes, he has received nine nominations winning three times.

Personal life

Family

Grammer has been married four times and has seven children and one grandchild as of 2011.[25] His first marriage to dance instructor Doreen Alderman[26] lasted from 1982 to 1990, although they were separated for the last six years of that period.[27] They have one daughter, actress Spencer Grammer (born October 9, 1983).[28] Through Spencer, Grammer has one grandson, Spencer's son Emmett Emmanual Hesketh (born October 10, 2011).[26]

After his divorce from Alderman, Grammer had a daughter, 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.[27][29][30]

His second marriage, to Leigh-Anne Csuhany in September 1992,[31] lasted one year. Grammer filed for an annulment when Csuhany was three months pregnant and evicted her from their home.[27] The pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. Grammer claimed she was abusive and fired a gun at him.[6][32]

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 magazine, announcing their engagement and Grammer's substance abuse problems.[33]

In August 1997, Grammer married his third wife, dancer and model Camille Donatacci. They met on a blind date in 1996.[34] They have a daughter, born October 2001, and a son, born August 2004, both born to a surrogate mother.[29] 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, New York (April 2008, InStyle), Bachelor Gulch, Colorado (Architectural Digest),[35] and Bel Air, Los Angeles (Architectural Digest). In New York City, they lived at 15 Central Park West.[36][37] It was announced on July 1, 2010, that Donatacci had filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.[38] Grammer and Donatacci's divorce was finalized on February 10, 2011.[39]

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 retired soccer player Alan Walsh.[40] However, in October, Grammer announced that Walsh had miscarried six weeks earlier.[41] The couple announced their engagement in December 2010,[42] and married at The Plaza Hotel in New York City on February 25, 2011, two weeks after the finalization of Grammer's third divorce.[43] Grammer and Walsh have a daughter, born July 2012,[44] and two sons, born July 2014[45] and November 2016.

Murder of Karen Grammer

On July 1, 1975, Freddie Glenn, Michael Corbett, 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.[46] In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Grammer stated he could consider forgiving the men involved if they would at least 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.[47] He subsequently forgave Glenn, but refused to support his release, saying it would "be a betrayal of my sister's life."[46] He named his daughter Spencer Karen Grammer in part for his sister.[28]

Political views

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Grammer during Fleet Week in New York City, in May 2006

Grammer is a supporter of the Republican Party. In 2019 he called Washington politicians a "bunch of clowns."[48] He has expressed an interest in someday running for United States Congress.[49] He has also expressed an interest in running for Mayor of New York City,[50] and for the U.S. Presidency.[51] Grammer was a guest at President George W. Bush's first inauguration.[52] Grammer endorsed Rudy Giuliani in the 2008 presidential primary and later campaigned for John McCain in the general election.[53][54] Grammer promoted RightNetwork, a conservative start-up American television network.[55] He endorsed Michele Bachmann for the Republican nomination for president in 2012.[56] After Mitt Romney won the nomination, Grammer endorsed him.[57] He supported Ben Carson's candidacy for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2016, although he endorsed Donald Trump when the latter was selected.[51]

Although Grammer endorses the Tea Party movement on economic issues such as small government and lower taxes, he is supportive of same-sex marriage, stating "I think marriage is up to two people who love each other".[58]

While a New York magazine profile published in 2010 described him as pro-choice,[59] Grammer in 2015 posted an Instagram photo of himself with his wife Kayte wearing a T-shirt by the pro-life group Abort73.[60] City A.M. described Grammer as "one of Hollywood's best-known Republicans, a rare spark of red in a blue sea of Democrats".[51]

Drug abuse issues

Grammer has a history of alcoholism.[27] In 1988, Grammer was arrested for drunk driving and cocaine possession and sentenced to 30 days in jail.[61] In August 1990, Grammer was arrested again for cocaine possession and was sentenced to three years' probation, fined $500, and required to perform 300 hours of community service.[61] In January 1991, Grammer was given an additional two years' probation for violating his original probation through additional cocaine use.[61] The cast and producers of both Frasier and Cheers held interventions to attempt to help him. Grammer's personal problems affected his work; co-star Bebe Neuwirth and writer Ken Levine cited delays with rehearsals and filming due to his erratic behavior.[62] Writer Dan O'Shannon recalled, however, that[62]

He would ooze into the studio, his life all out of sorts. Jimmy would say "Action," and he would snap into Frasier and expound in this very erudite dialogue and be pitch-perfect. And Jimmy would yell "Cut!" and he would ooze back into Kelsey—glazed-over eyes, half asleep, going through whatever he was going through. It was the most amazing transformation I'd ever seen.[62]

Grammer credits his religion for helping him through with his struggles with alcohol and drug use, as well as his personal tragedies.[63]

Heart problems

On May 31, 2008, while paddleboarding with his then-wife Camille in Hawaii, Grammer experienced a heart attack. Their personal assistant, Scott MacLean was essential in saving his life.[64] Grammer was discharged on June 4, 2008, and was said to be "resting comfortably" at his Hawaiian residence.[65] 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 heart had stopped.[66] Grammer thought Fox's decision to cancel his TV sitcom 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!"[67]

Legal cases

In 1995, a 15-year-old babysitter who babysat Grammer's daughter accused the actor of statutory rape. A grand jury chose not to indict Kelsey Grammer "on sexual assault charges based on a teenager's complaint that he had sex with her at a local hotel in 1993." "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."[68]

That same year, Grammer's ex-girlfriend, Cerlette Lamme, sued him for defamation of character and invasion of privacy over content he included in his autobiography So Far.[69] In September 1996, he crashed his Dodge Viper while intoxicated, and subsequently checked into the Betty Ford Center (an alcohol rehabilitation clinic) for 30 days.[61] In 1998, Grammer filed a lawsuit against Internet Entertainment Group (IEG), which Grammer claimed had stolen from his home a videotape of him having sex with a woman. IEG countersued Grammer, denying it was in possession of such a tape, and Grammer's suit was eventually dropped.[70] 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."[71] Grammer later reflected:

Whether or not you're a celebrity—even if you're just an old slob with a video camera—you don't realize you shouldn't do it. So you throw the tape in the back of a dark closet until your old girlfriend remembers it's there because you're famous now and she's not. But if you're not prepared to do the time, don't do the crime.[72]

In August 2008, Bradley Blakeman, a former aide to George W. Bush, filed a copyright lawsuit in federal court on Long Island over Grammer's movie Swing Vote, claiming that parts of its plot and marketing had been stolen from him. The lawsuit claimed that Blakeman had given a copyrighted screenplay called Go November to Grammer in 2006, and that Grammer agreed to develop the project and star as a Republican president but instead ended up playing a similar role in Swing Vote, which was released on August 1, 2008. Grammer's spokesman dismissed the claims as "frivolous" and a "waste of time". The lawsuit was settled in 2010 for $10.[73]

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Boss (TV series)

Boss is an American political drama television serial created by Farhad Safinia. The series stars Kelsey Grammer as Tom Kane, the mayor of Chicago, who has recently been diagnosed with dementia with Lewy bodies, a degenerative neurological disorder.

The series was broadcast in the United States on the premium television service Starz and was produced by Category 5 Entertainment, Grammnet Productions and Lionsgate Television. On September 27, 2011, before the series premiered, Starz announced that Boss had been renewed for a second season of ten episodes. The first season premiered on October 21, 2011 and the second season premiered on August 17, 2012.On November 20, 2012, it was announced that Starz had cancelled the show. A film was discussed to finish the show's storylines, but those plans were cancelled after series creator Farhad Safinia declined to move forward with the project.

Brother from Another Series

"Brother from Another Series" is the sixteenth episode of The Simpsons' eighth season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on February 23, 1997. Sideshow Bob is released from prison into the care of his brother Cecil and claims to be a changed man. However, Bart does not believe him and tries to find out what Bob is up to. It was the first episode directed by Pete Michels and was written by Ken Keeler. The episode guest stars Kelsey Grammer in his sixth appearance as Sideshow Bob and David Hyde Pierce as Cecil. The title is not only a pun on the movie The Brother from Another Planet (used for a previous episode as well), but also a reference to the fact that guest stars Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce also played bickering brothers Frasier Crane and Niles Crane, respectively, on the NBC sitcom Frasier.

Even Money (film)

Even Money is a 2006 American crime film.

The story concerns three strangers who are addicted to gambling and how their lives come to be intertwined. They are a novelist who struggles to write her follow-up book, a former stage magician and an older brother of a college basketball star. The film was directed by Mark Rydell, and stars Forest Whitaker, Nick Cannon, Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito, Kelsey Grammer, Tim Roth, Carla Gugino, Jay Mohr and Ray Liotta. It was released on May 18, 2007 in theaters.

Finding Neverland (musical)

Finding Neverland is a musical with music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham adapted from the 1998 play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee and its 2004 adaptation Finding Neverland. An early version of the musical made its world premiere at the Curve Theatre in Leicester in 2012 with a book by Allan Knee, music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie. A reworked version with the current writing team making its world premiere in 2014 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Following completion of its Cambridge run, the production transferred to Broadway in March 2015.

After 17 months on Broadway, the production of Finding Neverland closed on August 21, 2016, and began a US national tour in October 2016.

Frasier

Frasier () is an American sitcom that was broadcast on NBC for 11 seasons, premiering on September 16, 1993, and concluding on May 13, 2004. The program was created and produced by David Angell, Peter Casey, and David Lee (as Grub Street Productions) in association with Grammnet (2004) and Paramount Network Television. The series was created as a spin-off of Cheers, continuing the story of psychiatrist Frasier Crane as he returned to his hometown of Seattle and started building a new life as a radio advice show host while reconnecting with his father and brother and making new friends. Frasier stars Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin, and John Mahoney. The show was critically acclaimed, with the show itself and the cast winning thirty-seven Primetime Emmy Awards, a record at the time for a scripted series. It also won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for five consecutive years. As of 2019, the possibility of a revival was being discussed.

Hank (2009 TV series)

Hank (originally titled Awesome Hank and PRYORS) is an American sitcom which ran on ABC from September 30, 2009, to November 4, 2009. The series was created by Tucker Cawley and is about a Wall Street executive who loses his job and reconnects with his small-town family. Hank originally aired on Wednesday nights in the fall season and starred Kelsey Grammer. The series was produced by Good Humor Television and from Warner Bros. Television.

Idiots Are People Three!

"Idiots Are People Three!" is the third episode of the sixth season of the American television comedy series 30 Rock, and the 106th overall episode of the series. It was directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller, and written by co-show runner and executive producer Robert Carlock. The episode originally aired on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) network in the United States on January 26, 2012. Guest stars in this episode include Will Arnett, James Marsden, Kelsey Grammer, and Denise Richards.

In the episode, Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) deals with the return of Devon Banks (Will Arnett) and Liz Lemon's (Tina Fey) relationship with Criss (James Marsden), Liz deals with Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) and his protest for idiots, and Kenneth Parcell (Jack McBrayer), Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski), and Kelsey Grammer attempt to clean up after Kenneth and Jenna accidentally poison and knock out Pete Hornberger (Scott Adsit).

Idiots Are People Two!

"Idiots Are People Two!" is the second episode of the sixth season of the American television comedy series 30 Rock, and the 105th overall episode of the series. It was directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller, and written by co-show runner and executive producer Robert Carlock. The episode originally aired on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) network in the United States on January 19, 2012. Guest stars in this episode include James Marsden, Kelsey Grammer, and Denise Richards.

In the episode, Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) calls upon the world's idiots for a protest, Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) tries to get Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) out of her head after he starts judging her boyfriend Criss (James Marsden), and Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski) and Kenneth Parcell (Jack McBrayer) injure Pete Hornberger (Scott Adsit), and call on Kelsey Grammer to help them.

Like Father

Like Father is a 2018 American comedy film written and directed by Lauren Miller, in her feature-length directorial debut. The film stars Kristen Bell, Kelsey Grammer, and Seth Rogen, and follows a woman who must bond with her estranged father on a cruise after she is left at the altar. The film was released on August 3, 2018, by Netflix.

List of Frasier episodes

Frasier is an American sitcom created by David Angell, Peter Casey and David Lee and is a spinoff from the series Cheers, which was created by Glen Charles, Les Charles and James Burrows.

The series sees newly divorced psychiatrist Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) leave behind his old life in Boston and relocate to his hometown of Seattle, Washington. He begins a new career as the host of his own radio call-in show, where he is assisted by his sassy, somewhat promiscuous producer, Roz Doyle (Peri Gilpin). Frasier quickly learns from his anal retentive younger brother Niles (David Hyde-Pierce) that their disabled father Martin (John Mahoney) is no longer able to live alone, and Frasier reluctantly agrees to take him in (along with Martin's favorite recliner and his dog, Eddie (Moose)). In order to help Martin with his physical therapy, he and Frasier ultimately hire a live-in housekeeper and therapist, Daphne Moon (Jane Leeves), a quirky British woman who believes she is psychic. The five quickly form a strange family unit, and Frasier comes to realize that even though his new life may not be what he planned, that does not mean that it is bad.

Frasier was broadcast on NBC for eleven seasons, from September 16, 1993 to May 13, 2004. It has been in syndication since 1997. Although the actual episode titles were rarely formally displayed on-screen, each episode had two or three 'title cards', flashed up on a black backdrop during an episode (usually at the start of one of the three parts of the original US broadcast). These pertained to the particular sequences of the episodes themselves, often in ways which were not immediately obvious. Many referred to classical literature and cultural subjects, while a small percentage were also the overall titles of the episodes.

264 episodes of Frasier were broadcast. Paramount Home Entertainment/CBS DVD has released all 11 seasons on Region 1, Region 2 and Region 4 DVD. In addition, the series was made available for streaming through services such as Netflix and Amazon Video.

List of awards and nominations received by Frasier

Frasier is an American television sitcom created by David Angell, Peter Casey, and David Lee as a spinoff of the 1980s sitcom Cheers. The series revolves around the titular character Frasier Crane, a psychiatrist who returns to his hometown to start a new life for himself. The series stars Kelsey Grammer in role of the main character, as well as Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin and John Mahoney.

Frasier aired on NBC from September 16, 1993 to May 13, 2004, broadcasting 264 episodes over eleven seasons during its initial run. During the series' run, the show received critical acclaim for its writing and humor. The series amassed 318 nominations for a variety of industry awards, including 108 Emmy awards (with 37 wins), 24 Golden Globe Awards (with two wins), 26 Screen Actors Guild Awards (with 2 wins), 11 TCA Awards (with five wins), 9 Writers Guild of America awards (with six wins), and 9 Directors Guild of America awards (with two wins).

In addition to the awards for the series, several individual cast members received acclaim for their performance on the series. Pierce stands as the most decorated cast member on the series, winning 4 Emmy awards, 5 Q Awards, 2 TCA awards, 2 SAG awards and 6 American Comedy awards. Grammer also won 4 Emmy Awards, 4 Q awards, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Satellite awards, 2 American Comedy Awards and a SAG award. Several other actors and crew members in the series received many awards and nominations, including Leeves, Mahoney, and the creators of the show.

Partners (2014 TV series)

Partners is an American sitcom starring Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence on FX. The show centers on two Chicago lawyers from vastly different backgrounds who develop a partnership after they unexpectedly meet in court on the worst day of their lives. This was Lawrence's first TV series since his eponymous Fox series ended its five season run back in 1997. FX ordered 10 episodes of the sitcom and, if the series had done well over its first 10-episode run, the network would have ordered an additional 90 episodes. The sitcom premiered on August 4, 2014, and lasted one season.

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

This is a list of winners and nominees of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. The award is presented to the best performance by a lead actor in a television comedy series. Beginning with the 18th Primetime Emmy Awards, leading actors in comedy have competed alone. However, these comedic performances included actors from miniseries, telefilms, and guest performers competing against main cast competitors. Such instances are marked below:

# – Indicates a performance in a Miniseries or Television film, prior to the category's creation.

§ – Indicates a performance as a guest performer, prior to the category's creation.

Reaganing

"Reaganing" is the fifth episode of the fifth season of the American television comedy series 30 Rock, and the 85th overall episode of the series. It was written by co-executive producer Matt Hubbard and directed by Todd Holland. It originally aired on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) network in the United States on October 21, 2010. Guest stars in this episode include Kelsey Grammer, Seth Kirschner, and Jen Ponton.

In the episode, Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) is succeeding at all of his tasks, and as a result of having a good day, as he is on a roll, he decides to help Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) figure out her relationship status with Carol (Matt Damon). Meanwhile, Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski) and Kenneth Parcell (Jack McBrayer) enlist the help of actor Kelsey Grammer to help them pull off a scam, and Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) tries to film a commercial for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

"Reaganing" was generally, though not universally, well received among television critics. According to Nielsen Media Research, the episode was watched by 5.182 million households during its original broadcast, and received a 2.2 rating/7 share among viewers in the 18–49 demographic. For his work in this episode, Matt Hubbard received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in the category for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.

Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

The Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series is an award given by the Screen Actors Guild to honor the finest acting achievements by a male actor on a comedy television series. The award is for both lead and supporting characters.

Snowball (Animal Farm)

Snowball is a character in George Orwell's Animal Farm. He is largely based on Leon Trotsky, who led the opposition against Joseph Stalin (Napoleon). He is shown as a white pig on the movie poster for the 1999 film Animal Farm, and as a white pig in the 1954 film. Snowball is voiced by Maurice Denham and Kelsey Grammer in the 1954 and 1999 films, respectively.

Swing Vote (2008 film)

Swing Vote is a 2008 American comedy-drama film about an entire U.S. presidential election determined by the vote of one man. It was directed by Joshua Michael Stern, and stars Kevin Costner, Paula Patton, Kelsey Grammer, Dennis Hopper, Nathan Lane, Stanley Tucci, George Lopez and Madeline Carroll. The film was released on August 1, 2008.

The Last Tycoon (TV series)

The Last Tycoon is an American television series, originating from a pilot produced in 2016 as part of Amazon Studios' seventh pilot season. The show stars Matt Bomer and Kelsey Grammer and is loosely based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's last book The Last Tycoon. Amazon picked up the pilot to series on July 27, 2016. The first season premiered on July 28, 2017. On September 9, 2017, Amazon cancelled the series.

The Sketch Show

The Sketch Show is a British television sketch comedy programme, featuring many leading British comedians. It aired on ITV between 2001 and 2004. The show was first commissioned in 2001 and was co-produced by a company owned by Steve Coogan. Despite the first series winning a BAFTA for Best Comedy, the second series was cancelled due to poor viewing figures. Lee Mack states in his autobiography Mack The Life that the final two episodes have never been broadcast.

A spinoff of the same title was produced in the United States. Similarly to the UK version, the final two episodes were never broadcast.

The show started at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1999, and starred Mack, Catherine Tate and Dan Antopolski. Mack later expressed regret at not including them in the TV show, stating: "I'm not a great believer in regret, but looking back over the last eighteen years of me doing this job, not keeping our sketch show Bits together and jumping at the first offer to put a version of it on telly is probably the biggest mistake I've made."

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