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Kelsey Grammer

Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer, May 2010
Born Allen Kelsey Grammer
(1955-02-21) February 21, 1955
Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands
Occupation Actor, voice actor, comedian, producer, director, writer, Singer
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) Doreen Alderman (m. 1982; div. 1990)
Leigh-Anne Csuhany (m. 1992; div. 1993)
Camille Donatacci (m. 1997; div. 2011)
Kayte Walsh (m. 2011)
Children Spencer Grammer
Greer Grammer
Mason Olivia Grammer
Jude Gordon Grammer
Faith Evangeline Elisa Grammer
Kelsey Gabriel Elias Grammer

Allen Kelsey Grammer (born February 21, 1955) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, producer, director, writer, singer and activist. Grammer is known for his two-decade portrayal of psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane on the NBC sitcoms Cheers and Frasier. He has won five Emmy Awards and three Golden Globes, and has also worked as a television producer, director, writer, and as a voice artist on The Simpsons as Sideshow Bob. Grammer has been married four times and has six children.


  • Early life and family 1
  • Career 2
    • Stage 2.1
    • Television 2.2
      • Cheers and Frasier 2.2.1
      • Post-Frasier 2.2.2
    • Other appearances 2.3
    • Voice work 2.4
    • Production work 2.5
    • Other work 2.6
  • Personal life 3
    • Family 3.1
    • Murder of Karen Grammer 3.2
    • Sex tape lawsuit 3.3
    • Substance abuse and legal issues 3.4
    • Health problems 3.5
    • Politics 3.6
  • Awards 4
  • Filmography 5
    • Film 5.1
    • Television 5.2
    • Video games 5.3
    • Theme park 5.4
    • As executive producer 5.5
  • References 6
  • Further reading 7
  • External links 8

Early life and family

Grammer was born on February 21, 1955 in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, the son of Sally (née Cranmer; 1928–2008),[1][2] a singer, and Frank Allen Grammer, Jr. (1929–1968), a musician and owner of a coffee shop and a bar & grill called Greer's Place.[3][4][5] He had one younger sister, Karen Elisa Grammer (July 15, 1956 – July 1, 1975) who was less than two years younger than Kelsey.[6] Grammer was two years old when his parents divorced.[7] Grammer attended Pine Crest School, a private preparatory school in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and later spent two years at the Juilliard School.[8] In 1968 Grammer met Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel heir Ben Novack, Jr. at the Pine Crest School, and they remained friends for forty years until Novack was murdered by his wife, Narcy Novack.[9]

Many of Grammer's family and close friends were killed in violent or accidental manners. In 1968, his father, whom he had seen only twice since his parents' divorce, was shot dead,[4] while in 1975, his younger sister, Karen, was abducted, raped, and murdered by spree killer Freddie Glenn.[10][11][12][13] In 1980, his twin half-brothers died in a scuba diving accident; and David Angell, close friend and producer of Frasier, died in the 9/11 attacks.[14][15]



After leaving Mandy Patinkin. In 2000, Grammer again played Macbeth on Broadway, in a production that closed after only 10 days.[16]

On April 18, 2010, Grammer made his 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.


His television career began in the early 1980s when he portrayed Stephen Smith in the NBC miniseries Kennedy.

Cheers and Frasier

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.[17]

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, 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[18] and Richard Belzer in playing Det. John Munch on Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit since 1993.


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 canceled after only four of them had aired.

In 2007, Grammer starred with Patricia Heaton in the American sitcom Back to You. It was canceled by Fox after its first season.

His next attempt, ABC's Hank, fared even worse. It was canceled after only five episodes had aired. Grammer later commented, "Honestly, it just wasn't very funny."[19]

In 2011 and 2012, 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.[20] It is his first dramatic TV series.[21] 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.[22]

Grammer played a villain in the Paramount's Transformers movies' fourth installment, Transformers: Age of Extinction, starring Mark Wahlberg.[23] Grammer and comedian and actor Martin Lawrence paired up to star in the comedy Partners for Lionsgate TV. The Lionsgate-produced show will be 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.

Other appearances

In addition to being producer, he guest-starred as the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Cause and Effect".

Voice work

Grammer's well-known voice and Mid-Atlantic accent make him popular for voiceover work. He 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.[24] He has appeared in thirteen episodes since the show's inception in 1989, the most recent being "The Man Who Grew Too Much" that aired in 2014, in which his character makes a cameo speaking appearance. Grammer supplied the voices for "Stinky Pete the Prospector" in 1999 Disney/Pixar film Toy Story 2, Vladimir in the Fox animated movie Anastasia, Rothbart in Barbie of Swan Lake, Zozi the Bear in the subsequently produced sequel Bartok the Magnificent, and the title character in the short-lived animated series Gary the Rat. He provided the opening speech and piano in The Vandals' song "Phone Machine" from the album Fear of a Punk Planet, and sang a rewritten version of the "grinch" on an episode of Just Shoot Me!. He was the voice of the mad scientist, Dr. Frankenollie, in the Mickey Mouse short Runaway Brain. He was also 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 played the voice of 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).

Production work

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

Other work

In 1996, he starred in the feature comedy An American Carol. In 2010, he starred in The Kelsey Grammer Bill Zucker Comedy Hour.[25]

Personal life


Grammer has been married four times and has six children and one grandchild as of 2012.[26] His first marriage, to dance instructor Doreen Alderman,[27] lasted from 1982 to 1990, although they were separated for the last six years of that period.[28][29] They have one daughter, Spencer Grammer (born October 9, 1983),[30] an actress on the CBS Daytime soap opera As the World Turns and the ABC Family show Greek. Spencer's son, Emmett Emmanual Hesketh (born October 10, 2011), is Grammer's grandson.[27]

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 is currently a cast member on MTV's hit show Awkward..[31][32][33]

His second marriage, to former exotic dancer Leigh-Anne Csuhany in September 1992,[34] lasted one year. Grammer filed for an annulment when Csuhany was three months pregnant and evicted her from their home.[35] Grammer claimed that she was abusive and fired a gun at him.[4][36]

In 1994, he met 28-year-old Tammy Baliszewski, also known as Tammy Alexander, at a bar in Manhattan Beach, California. In December 1994, the two of them appeared on the cover of People magazine, announcing their engagement and Grammer's substance abuse problems.[37] They broke up in 1995.

In August 1997, Grammer married Camille Donatacci, a former Playboy model. They met on a blind date in 1996.[38] They have a daughter, Mason Olivia (born October 24, 2001), and a son, Jude Gordon (born August 28, 2004), both born to a surrogate mother.[32] 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),[39] and Bel Air, Los Angeles (Architectural Digest). It was announced on July 1, 2010, that Donatacci had filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.[40] Grammer and Donatacci's divorce was finalized on February 10, 2011.[41]

On August 12, 2010, Grammer announced that he was going to be a father for the fifth time with girlfriend Kayte Walsh, a British flight attendant who is 25 years his junior.[42] However, in October, Grammer announced that Walsh had miscarried six weeks earlier.[43] The couple announced their engagement in December 2010.[44] At the beginning of February, Grammer and Walsh booked the ballroom at the Plaza Hotel for their wedding, at a cost of more than $100,000 for the reception, despite rumors of Grammer's divorce not being finalized.[45] The couple wed there on February 25, 2011, two weeks after the finalization of his third divorce.[46] In January 2012, Grammer announced that he and Walsh were expecting twins.[47] On July 13, 2012, Walsh gave birth to a daughter, Faith Evangeline Elisa. Faith's expected twin, a boy, died in utero.[48] In March 2014, Grammer announced that he and Walsh were expecting a second child together. On July 22, 2014, Walsh gave birth to a boy they named Kelsey Gabriel Elias.[49][50]

Murder of Karen Grammer

Shortly after Grammer left Juilliard, his younger sister Karen was abducted, raped, and murdered by Freddie Glenn. Her murderer was up for parole in June 2009. In a letter to the parole board upon Glenn's hearing, Grammer (who was unable to attend the hearing as planned due to inclement weather delaying his flight) wrote:

She was my best friend and the best person I knew. . . . I loved my sister, Karen. I miss her. I miss her in my bones. I was her big brother. I was supposed to protect her—I could not. I have never gotten over it. . . . It very nearly destroyed me.[51]
In an interview with Oprah he stated that he could forgive the men if they would at least take responsibility for the crime, as they all continue to say they had no involvement. In the same interview he expressed his loss of faith for a few years after Karen's passing.

His oldest daughter, Spencer Karen Grammer, was named in part for her aunt.

Sex tape lawsuit

In 1998, Grammer filed a lawsuit against Internet Entertainment Group, which Grammer claimed had stolen from his home a videotape of him having sex with a woman. IEG countersued Grammer, denying they were in possession of such a tape, and Grammer's suit was eventually dropped.[52] IEG President Seth Warshavsky told the New York Post, "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."[53] Grammer later told Maxim, "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."[54]

Substance abuse and legal issues

Grammer allegedly began drinking alcohol at the age of nine;[55] although he denies this in his autobiography, he did become a frequent abuser of alcohol. In 1988, Grammer was arrested for drunk driving and cocaine possession and sentenced to 30 days in jail.[56] 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.[56] In January 1991, Grammer was given an additional two years' probation for violating his original probation through additional cocaine use.[56] The cast and producers of both Frasier and Cheers held interventions to attempt to help him. Grammer's personal problems affected his work; costar Bebe Neuwirth and writer Ken Levine cited delays with rehearsals and filming due to his erratic behavior. Writer Dan O'Shannon recalled, however, that[57]

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.[57]

In 1995, Grammer was sued by ex-girlfriend Cerlette Lamme for defamation of character and invasion of privacy over content he included in his autobiography So Far.[58] 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.[56]

In August 2008, 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 claims that Blakeman's copyrighted screenplay had the same basic plot as Swing Vote.[59]

Health problems

On May 31, 2008, while paddleboarding with his then-wife Camille in Hawaii, Grammer experienced symptoms of a heart attack. After being hospitalized, it was confirmed that he had experienced a heart attack.[60] He was released on June 4, 2008, and was said to be "resting comfortably" at his Hawaiian residence.[61] 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.[62] 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!".[63]

On June 28, 2008, Grammer checked into an undisclosed Manhattan hospital after complaints of feeling faint. Other reports said Grammer was hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat.[64] His publicist said that it may have been due to a reaction to medication.[65][66]


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

Grammer is a member of the

External links

  • Grammer, Kelsey. So Far. New York: Viking Press, 1995. Print. ISBN 978-0-670-86671-7. OCLC 32743033. His Autobiography.

Further reading

  1. ^ "Paid Notice: Deaths". The New York Times. July 11, 2008. 
  2. ^ Buckman, Adam (March 5, 2001). "Frasier on the Couch – Unusually Frank Profile of Kelsey Grammer and His Famous Demons". New York Post. ...St. Thomas, the Virgin Islands. Kelsey had been born on the island on Feb. 21, 1955 
  3. ^ "Grammer's Lesson" from Smoke magazine
  4. ^ a b c  
  5. ^ Kelsey Grammer Biography (1955–). Retrieved May 2, 2012.
  6. ^ "Karen Elisa Grammer". Find A Grave. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  7. ^ Kelsey Grammer at the Notable Names Database
  8. ^ "In Step With: Kelsey Grammer". Parade Magazine. November 28, 2004. 
  9. ^ Glatt, John (April 16, 2013). The Prince of Paradise: The True Story of a Hotel Heir, His Seductive Wife, and a Ruthless Murder. St. Martin's Press. p. 64.  
  10. ^ Martinez, Edecio (July 27, 2009). "Kelsey Grammer Faces Sister's Killer". CBS News. 
  11. ^ "Kelsey Grammer Vows to Speak for Sister if Killer Pursues Parole" from FoxNews
  12. ^ Mitchell, Kirk (July 27, 2009). "Parole denied for Kelsey's sister's killer". Denver Post. 
  13. ^ A letter from Kelsey Grammer to Robert.
  14. ^ "The Unsinkable Kelsey Grammer". Larry King Live. March 16, 2001. CNN. "GRAMMER: Yes, scuba accident. Shark attack – it's still unclear."
  15. ^ "Showbiz – News – Ten Things You Never Knew About Kelsey Grammer – Digital Spy". Digital Spy. June 11, 2008. Retrieved December 19, 2009. 
  16. ^ 'Macbeth' Will Close After Just 10 Days on Broadway retrieved October 5, 2014
  17. ^ Yahoo Movies: Kelsey Grammer. Retrieved May 2, 2012.
  18. ^ TV Guide: Kelsey Grammer. Retrieved May 2, 2012.
  19. ^ : Kelsey Grammer says He Scrapped the Cancelled Sitcom"Hank". 
  20. ^ Roeder, David (May 10, 2011). "State to give boost to West Side film studio working on 'Boss'". Sun Times. 
  21. ^ Bianco, Robert (October 21, 2011). "'"Kelsey Grammer rules on the unruly 'Boss. USA Today. 
  22. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 20, 2012). Boss' Won't Return To Starz For Season 3, May Wrap Story With Two-Hour Movie"'". Deadline. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  23. ^ Kroll, Justin (May 1, 2013). "Kelsey Grammer to Play Villain in 'Transformers 4′". Variety. 
  24. ^ "It's Evening in America". Vanity Fair. May 2012. Page 157.
  25. ^ The Kelsey Grammer Bill Zucker Comedy Hour from Vimeo
  26. ^ Michaud, Sarah; Zuckerman, Blaine (October 11, 2011). "Kelsey Grammer Becomes Grandfather".  
  27. ^ a b Abrams, Natalie (October 11, 2011). "Kelsey Grammer's Daughter Spencer Gives Birth to a Baby Boy".  
  28. ^ Sara Nathan; Ben Todd (August 13, 2010). "Revealed: The British air hostess who is having Frasier star Kelsey Grammer's baby". Daily Mail. London, England. Retrieved March 5, 2012. His first marriage was to dance instructor Doreen Alderman and lasted from 1982 to 1990 during which time they had one child, Spencer, now 26, an actress. 
  29. ^ Michael A. Lipton (July 5, 1993). "Cheers and Tears".  
  30. ^ "Spencer Grammer".  
  31. ^ Lipton, Michael A. (July 5, 1993). "Cheers and Tears: For Kelsey Grammer, Divorcing Wife and Losing An Unborn Child Is the Latest of Life's Cruel Blows".  
  32. ^ a b "Kelsey Grammer".  
  33. ^ "Greer Grammer". IMDb. Retrieved November 29, 2012. 
  34. ^ "Scenes From Two Marriages". Entertainment Weekly. November 6, 1992. 
  35. ^ Cheers and Tears
  36. ^ "Kelsey Grammer". Shatner's Raw Nerve, December 16, 2008.
  37. ^ "Grammer Tested".  
  38. ^ Byrne, Bridget (August 30, 2004). "Another Kid For Kelsey". E! Online. Retrieved November 25, 2006. 
  39. ^ Frank, Michael (June 2004). "Far from Frasier: Camille and Kelsey Grammer keep things loose in Colorado".  
  40. ^ "Kelsey Grammer's Wife Files For Divorce". 
  41. ^ "Judge grants Kelsey Grammer divorce in LA". Retrieved May 2, 2012.
  42. ^ Oldenburg, Ann (August 12, 2010). "Kelsey Grammer To Be a Dad Again". USA Today. Retrieved January 15, 2012. 
  43. ^ Fleeman, Mike; Leonard, Elizabeth (October 9, 2010). "Kelsey Grammer's Girlfriend Has a Miscarriage".  
  44. ^
  45. ^ Derschowitz, Jessica (February 2, 2011). "Kelsey Grammer to Wed in New York This Month".  
  46. ^ Wihlborg, Ulricha (February 25, 2011). "Kelsey Grammer Is a Married Man – Again".  
  47. ^ "Recount! It's two babies on board for Kelsey Grammer". MSNBC. January 15, 2012. 
  48. ^ "Kelsey Grammer Welcomes Daughter Faith Evangeline Elisa". PEOPLE Magazine. Retrieved July 13, 2012. 
  49. ^ "Sixth Child on the Way for Kelsey Grammer". PEOPLE Magazine. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  50. ^ Leon, Anya (July 24, 2014). "Kelsey Grammer Welcomes Son Kelsey Gabriel Elias". People Magazine. Retrieved July 24, 2014. 
  51. ^ Grammer, Kelsey. "Letter to Parole Board". Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  52. ^ "Report: Kelsey's 'X'-Files". 
  53. ^ "Kelsey Grammer Sex Tape Suit Unsealed". E! Online. 
  54. ^ "Features ,". Retrieved December 19, 2009. 
  55. ^ Michael A. Lipton. "Cheers and Tears". 
  56. ^ a b c d "Kelsey Grammer bio: An American Carol Actor". Retrieved December 19, 2009. 
  57. ^ a b Raftery, Brian (October 2012). "The Best TV Show That's Ever Been". GQ. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  58. ^ "COSMIC BASEBALL ASSOCIATION Kelsey Grammer 1999 Cosmic Player Plate". Retrieved December 19, 2009. 
  59. ^ Gross, Samantha (August 8, 2008). "Ex-Bush aide files lawsuit over 'Swing Vote' movie". USA Today. 
  60. ^ Fleeman, Mike (June 2, 2008). "Kelsey Grammer Suffers Mild Heart Attack". People. Retrieved June 10, 2008. 
  61. ^ Kelsey Grammer Out of the Hospital from E! Online
  62. ^ Kelsey Grammer Nearly Died After Heart Attack from The New York Times
  63. ^ "Kelsey Grammer Says "Failed Sitcom" Caused His Heart Attack". Exposay. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  64. ^ "Kelsey Grammer in Hospital With Irregular Heartbeat". New York Times. July 28, 2008. 
  65. ^ Kelsey Grammer Returns Home After Brief Hospital Visit
  66. ^ "Kelsey Grammer Out of Hospital After 2nd Stay". Huffington Post (USA). August 5, 2008. 
  67. ^ Transcript: Twenty Years of 'Frasier' from. Fox News. Retrieved May 2, 2012.
  68. ^ Kelsey Grammer Accuses Emmys of Snubbing Him Because He's a Republican
  69. ^ Sternbergh, Adam. (March 21, 2010) New York Magazine, March 21, 2010. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
  70. ^ Newsmeat. Newsmeat. Retrieved May 2, 2012.
  71. ^ "Political emissaries descend on valley: Richardson, Grammer rally voters at events".  
  72. ^ Huff, Richard (April 19, 2010). "Fox too liberal for you? Kelsey Grammer backs upstart right-wing TV network, RightNetwork". Daily News (New York). 
  73. ^ "Endorsements Draw Attention, Not Votes". FrumForum. June 26, 2011. Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  74. ^ "'"Kelsey Grammer says Mitt Romney would 'probably do a pretty good job. Retrieved June 4, 2012. 
  75. ^ Awards for Kelsey Grammer at the Internet Movie Database
  76. ^ Young, Susan (April 16, 2009). "NAB launches Chairman's Award".  
  77. ^ "Point"Shepherd, Grammer get Lifetime's from Reuters
  78. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 6, 2009). "Network projects reflect economic woes". Retrieved December 19, 2009. 


Executive producer
Year Title Notes
2000–2008 Girlfriends
2001 Neurotic Tendencies TV film; also director and writer
2002–2003 In-Laws
2004 Soluna Project, TheThe Soluna Project TV film
2006–present Game, TheThe Game
2007 Dash 4 Cash TV film

As executive producer

Theme park
Year Title Notes
2008 The Simpsons Ride Sideshow Bob

Theme park

Video games
Year Title Notes
2007 The Simpsons Game Sideshow Bob

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
1982 Macbeth Ross TV film
1983 Kennedy Stephen Smith TV miniseries
1984 Kate & Allie David Hamill Episode: "Allie's First Date"
1984 George Washington Lt. Stewart TV miniseries
1984–1985 Another World Dr. Canard Recurring role
1984–1993 Cheers Dr. Frasier Crane 201 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1988, 1990)
1986 Crossings Craig Lawson TV miniseries
1987 Biography George Washington Episode: "Benedict Arnold"
1987 J.J. Starbuck Pierce Morgan Episode: "Murder in E Minor"
1988 Dance 'til Dawn Ed Strull TV film
1988 Mickey's 60th Birthday Frasier Crane TV Special
1989 Top of the Hill TV film
1989 227 Mr. Anderson Episode: "For Sale"
1990 The Earth Day Special Dr. Frasier Crane
1990 Tracey Ullman Show, TheThe Tracey Ullman Show Mr. Brenna Episode: "Maria and the Mister"
1990–present Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons Sideshow Bob 16 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance
1991 Baby Talk Russell Episode: "One Night with Elliot"
1992 Wings Dr. Frasier Crane Episode: "Planes, Trains and Visiting Cranes"
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
1992 Star Trek: The Next Generation Captain Bateson Episode: "Cause and Effect"
1993 Roc Detective Rush Episode: "To Love and Die on Emerson Street: Part 2"
1993 Beyond Suspicion Ron McNally TV film
1993–2004 Frasier Dr. Frasier Crane 264 episodes; also executive producer and director of 37 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (1994–95, 1998, 2004)
American Comedy Award for Funniest Male Performer in a Television Series (1995–96)
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (1996, 2001)
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (1998, 2002)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series (1995–98)
Nominated—American Comedy Award for Funniest Male Performer in a Television Series (1999, 2001)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (1994–95, 1997–99, 2002)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series (1999–2001)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (1996–97, 1999–2002)
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series (1995–2002)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (1995–99, 2001–04)
Nominated—Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Comedy (1997, 1999)
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series (1999–2000)
1994 Innocent, TheThe Innocent Det. Frank Barlow TV film
1995 John Larroquette Show, TheThe John Larroquette Show Dr. Frasier Crane Episode: "More Changes"
1996 London Suite Sydney Nichols TV film
1997 Fired Up Tom Whitman 2 episodes; also executive producer
1998 40th Annual Grammy Awards Host TV special
1998 Pentagon Wars, TheThe Pentagon Wars Major General Partridge TV film
1998 Just Shoot Me! Narrator Episode: "How the Finch Stole Christmas"
1999 Animal Farm Snowball TV film
2000 Stark Raving Mad Professor Tuttle Episode: "The Grade"
2001 Sports Pages, TheThe Sports Pages Howard Greene TV film
2002 Mr. St. Nick Nick St. Nicholas/Santa Claus the 21st TV film
2003 Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor George Washington TV film
2003 Becker Rick Cooper Episode: "But I've Got Friends I Haven't Used Yet"
2003 Gary the Rat Gary "The Rat" Andrews (voice) 13 episodes; also executive producer
2004 Christmas Carol, AA Christmas Carol Ebenezer Scrooge TV film
2005 Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show Various characters 4 episodes; also executive producer
2005 Out of Practice Directed 2 episodes
2006 Medium Angel of Death/Bob Episode: "Death Takes a Policy"; also executive producer
2006 My Ex Life Director
2007 Everybody Hates Chris Directed episode: "Everybody Hates the Last Day"
2007–2008 Back to You Chuck Darling 17 episodes; also executive producer
2009 Hank Hank Pryor Also executive producer[78]
2010 The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Himself During his marriage to Camille Donatacci Grammer
2010, 2012 30 Rock Himself 3 episodes
2010 The Troop Dr. Cranius
2011–2012 Boss Mayor Tom Kane 18 episodes
Also executive producer
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series
2014 Partners Allen Braddock 10 episodes; also executive producer and directed two episodes
2014 Who Do You Think You Are? Himself 1 episode


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Galaxies Are Colliding Peter
1995 Runaway Brain Dr. Frankenollie Short film
1996 Down Periscope Lieutenant Commander Thomas Dodge
1997 Anastasia Vladimir (voice)
1998 Real Howard Spitz, TheThe Real Howard Spitz Howard Spitz
1998 TV Film Major General Partridge
1999 Animal Farm Snowball
1999 New Jersey Turnpikes
1999 Standing on Fishes Verk
1999 Toy Story 2 "Stinky Pete" the Prospector (voice)
1999 Bartok the Magnificent Zozi
1999 Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Narrator
2001 15 Minutes Robert Hawkins
2001 Just Visiting Narrator Uncredited
2002 Mr. St. Nick Nick St. Nicholas/ Santa Claus the 21st
2003 Big Empty, TheThe Big Empty Agent Banks
2003 Barbie of Swan Lake Rothbart
2004 Teacher's Pet Dr. Ivan Krank
2004 A Christmas Carol Ebenezer Scrooge
2005 Good Humor Man, TheThe Good Humor Man Mr. Skibness Also executive producer
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand Dr. Henry 'Hank' McCoy/Beast Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
2007 Even Money Detective Brunner
2008 Swing Vote President Andrew Boone
2008 An American Carol General George S. Patton
2009 Fame Joel Cranston
2010 Crazy on the Outside Frank
2010 Middle Men Frank Griffin
2010 Alligator Point[77] Director
2011 I Don't Know How She Does It Clark Cooper
2014 Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return Tin Man (voice)
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past Older Dr. Henry 'Hank' McCoy/Beast Cameo
Shared role with Nicholas Hoult
2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction Harold Attinger Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain
2014 The Expendables 3 Bonaparte
2014 Reach Me Angelo AldoBrandini Post-production
2015 Bunyan and Babe Norm Blandsford Post-production



Year Award Category
1994 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Frasier)
1995 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Frasier)
1995 American Comedy Award Funniest Male Performer in a TV Series (Frasier)
1996 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical (Frasier)
1996 American Comedy Award Funniest Male Performer in a TV Series (Frasier)
1998 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Frasier)
2001 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series Comedy/Musical (Frasier)
2004 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Frasier)
2006 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Voice-Over Performance (The Simpsons: The Italian Bob)
2012 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series Drama (Boss)

The following table gives a selection of the awards he has won.

Grammer has received at least 45 nominations for major awards and has won on 18 occasions.[75] He has received 14 individual Emmy Award nominations for 4 different television shows (plus an additional 2 as part of the Frasier ensemble) and has won on 5 occasions. At the Golden Globes, he has received nine nominations and thrice been victorious. He has received two People's Choice Awards, and in 1999 his directorial skills were recognized with a nomination for a Directors Guild of America award for directing an episode of Frasier. He received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in X-Men: The Last Stand. On May 22, 2001, he was presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for television. On April 20, 2009, Grammer was presented the inaugural Television chairman's Award at the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas.[76] In 2010, Grammer enjoyed his first Tony Award nomination for La Cage Aux Folles as Best Leading Actor in a Musical.

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).


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