Kelsey Grammer Biography

Film Actor, Theater Actor, Actor, Television Actor (1955–)
Actor, director, writer and producer Kelsey Grammer is perhaps best known for his role as Dr. Frasier Crane in the sitcom 'Cheers' and its spin-off 'Frasier.'

Who Is Kelsey Grammer?

Kelsey Grammer was born on February 21, 1955, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. After appearing on various TV series and soap operas, he landed a role on Cheers in 1984. He stayed with the show until its finale in 1993. His character was resurrected with the spin-off Frasier the following year. Frasier's 11th season would be its last. He next starred on the show Back to You then the film Swing Vote.

Kelsey Grammer

Kelsey Grammer

Wives and Children

Grammer has a daughter, Spencer, with dance instructor Doreen Alderman, whom he divorced in 1990. He welcomed another daughter, Greer, with makeup artist Barrie Buckner in 1992. The couple split only months after, and Grammer married former exotic dancer Leigh-Anne Cushany later that year. The couple divorced in 1993. In 1997 Grammer married model and dancer Camille Donatacci, welcoming daughter Mason Olivia and son Jude Gordon over the next three years. They divorced in 2011 and, shortly after, he married British flight attendant Kayte Walsh. Walsh and Grammer have three children together: Faith (born 2012), Kelsey (born 2014) and Auden (born 2016). 

Movies and TV Shows


With the family tragedies he suffered as a young man, Grammer sought comfort in acting, and studied drama at the Juilliard School for two years before dropping out to pursue a successful stage career. After appearing on various television series and soap operas, Grammer landed the role of Dr. Frasier Crane on the NBC sitcom Cheers in 1984. As Shelley Long's pompous, self-absorbed love interest, Grammer's character became a regular, and he stayed with the show until its finale in 1993.

'Fraiser,' 'X-Men: The Last Stand'

His character was resurrected with the spin-off Frasier the following year, moving from Boston to Seattle where the psychiatrist hosted his own radio show. Grammer won three Emmys and four Golden Globes for his performance on the series. In 2003 Grammer announced that Frasier's 11th season would be the series' last. Turning to superhero fare, he starred as the Beast in X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006, and two years later, played General George S. Patton in the comedy film An American Carol.

'Back to You,' 'Boss'

He co-starred with sitcom veteran Patricia Heaton on the FOX series Back to You from 2007 to 2008. In 2008 he also starred in the comedy film Swing Vote. His velvety smooth voice also landed him several memorable voiceover roles, including the voice of Sideshow Bob on The Simpsons, which resulted in another Emmy win for the actor.

In 2009 Grammer once again tried to recapture his former sitcom glory on the short-lived series, Hank, playing a CEO who loses his job. Before long, however, Grammer bounced back with a new dramatic series, Boss (2011-2012) His portrayal of a devious politician won Grammer numerous accolades, including a Golden Globe.

In 2014 Grammer took on a villainous role in Transformers: Age of Extinction and starred in the one-season run sitcom Partners with Martin Lawrence. More recently, Grammer starred in the Netflix film Like Father (2018), opposite Kristen Bell.

Early Life Marred by Tragedy

Kelsey Grammer was born Allen Kelsey Grammer on February 21, 1955, on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Following the shooting death of his father when he was a boy, Grammer was raised in New Jersey and Florida. Tragedy continued when his sister was abducted and violently murdered when Grammer was 20. Five years later, he lost two half brothers in a diving accident.

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