Emmy-Award winner Kelsey Grammer portrays Dr. Frasier Crane, the high-brow, Ivy League-educated psychiatrist in the top-rated comedy series Frasier. To date he has won three Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes for his portrayal of Dr. Frasier Crane and has been nominated for twelve Emmys for his portrayal of Dr. Frasier Crane in three different series: Cheers, Wings and Frasier. Further, Grammer has reached an incredible milestone. He has portrayed the same character for twenty years, tied only with actor James Arness of Gunsmoke.
Grammer was born on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and was raised by his mother and grandfather, first in New Jersey, then in Florida. After the death of his grandfather, the twelve-year-old Grammer was drawn to the works of William Shakespeare, which fostered his love of the English language. His first acting performance was in a high-school production of The Little Foxes, and with the encouragement of his English and drama teachers, he decided to pursue acting as a career. After two years at the Juilliard School, he was accepted by the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, where he spent three years performing in classic works by Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw.
Grammer’s film credits include Benedict Arnold, Mr. St. Nick, Fifteen Minutes and Sportspages.
Grammer’s Paramount-based production company, Grammnet Productions, produces the animated series Gary the Rat and Grammer serves as executive producer for Girlfriends and the new CW series, The Game.
Grammer, joined Cheers in 1984, and prior to Cheers Grammer’s television credits included roles on the daytime dramas Another World, One Life to Live and Guiding Light. He also made a guest appearance in the premiere episode of Kate and Allie and had parts in the miniseries Kennedy and the movies London Suite, Dance ’til Dawn, Beyond Suspicion and The Innocent. In 1996 he hosted an hour-long salute to Jack Benny for which he served as executive-producer.
Grammer lives in the Los Angeles area.