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Also Known As: Allen Kelsey Grammer Died:
Born: February 21, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Profession: actor, producer, singer, author, director, painter, waiter

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Although a classically trained actor with a number of impressive stage performances on his résumé, Kelsey Grammer was best known for playing the pompous, but ultimately likable psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane on two classic and award-winning sitcoms, "Cheers" (NBC, 1984-1993) and "Frasier" (NBC, 1993-2004). Prior to him landing the role that defined his career, Grammer was struggling on stage and in small roles to make a name for himself, while behind the scenes, suffering from numerous personal tragedies that befell both himself and his family. Perhaps as a means of coping with the seemingly unending string of deaths of loved ones, Grammer fell into a dependency on cocaine and alcohol, which he later attributed to his inability to cope after the rape and murder of his sister by a man released on the grounds of insanity. For years, Grammer struggled to cope with his addictions, while audiences saw little to nothing of his problems in their enjoyment of Frasier Crane. Entering rehab for the first time in 1990, Grammer eventually attained sobriety in 1996, well into his Emmy Award-winning run on "Frasier," largely considered to be one of the most successful television spin-offs of all time. After...

Although a classically trained actor with a number of impressive stage performances on his résumé, Kelsey Grammer was best known for playing the pompous, but ultimately likable psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane on two classic and award-winning sitcoms, "Cheers" (NBC, 1984-1993) and "Frasier" (NBC, 1993-2004). Prior to him landing the role that defined his career, Grammer was struggling on stage and in small roles to make a name for himself, while behind the scenes, suffering from numerous personal tragedies that befell both himself and his family. Perhaps as a means of coping with the seemingly unending string of deaths of loved ones, Grammer fell into a dependency on cocaine and alcohol, which he later attributed to his inability to cope after the rape and murder of his sister by a man released on the grounds of insanity. For years, Grammer struggled to cope with his addictions, while audiences saw little to nothing of his problems in their enjoyment of Frasier Crane. Entering rehab for the first time in 1990, Grammer eventually attained sobriety in 1996, well into his Emmy Award-winning run on "Frasier," largely considered to be one of the most successful television spin-offs of all time. After "Frasier" finally left the airwaves in 2004, Grammer was finally able to concentrate on other projects. Despite memorable performances in other sitcoms and in features, Grammer was indelibly linked to the beloved character he had played so convincingly for years.

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 Dorothy of Oz (2014)
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 In the Blood (2014)
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 Transformers 4 (2014)
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 Middle Men (2010)
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 Fame (2009)
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Born in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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Moved to NYC to attend Juilliard; was expelled after two years
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Performed for three years at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego in the late 1970s
1980:
Acted at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN
1981:
Made Broadway debut in "Macbeth"; played the role of Lennox when Philip Anglim abruptly withdrew from the show
1982:
Landed featured role of Cassio in a Broadway revival of "Othello" opposite James Earl Jones and Christopher Plummer
1982:
Performed with Christine Baranski in the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine production of "Sunday in the Park with George"; also starred Mandy Patinkin
1983:
Portrayed Stephen Smith in the NBC miniseries "Kennedy"
1984:
Appeared as Dr. Canard on the NBC daytime series "Another World"
1984:
Joined the cast of the NBC sitcom "Cheers" as Dr. Frasier Crane in the third season; recommended by former Juilliard classmate Mandy Patinkin; became a regular cast member on the fourth season
1990:
Provided the voice of Sideshow Bob on "The Simpsons" (Fox)
1993:
Reprised the role of Dr. Frasier Crane for the NBC sitcom "Frasier"; also executive produced; performed the show's theme song "Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs"; produced and directed several episodes
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Formed Grammnet Productions
1994:
Made TV producing debut with the NBC TV-movie "The Innocent"; also starred
1995:
Executive produced and starred in the NBC comedy special "Kelsey Grammer Salutes Jack Benny"
1997:
Produced the short-lived NBC comedy series "Fired Up" with Sharon Lawrence
1997:
Voiced the the scheming Vladimir in the animated film "Anastasia"
1998:
Featured in the HBO film "The Pentagon Wars"
1999:
Lent his voice to Stinky Pete the Prospector for the animated film "Toy Story 2"
1999:
Played the title character opposite Christine Baranski's Mrs. Lovett in the LA Reprise! production of Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street"
2000:
Starred on Broadway in "Macbeth" opposite Diane Venora; show closed after only 13 regular performances
2000:
Executive produced the fall UPN sitcom "Girlfriends"
2001:
Played a TV newsman in the feature film "15 Minutes"
2003:
Starred as Agent Banks in the comedy "The Big Empty"
2005:
Created an American adaptation of the British series "The Sketch Show" (Fox)
2005:
Executive produced hit NBC drama "Medium"; also guest starred as the Angel of Death in 2006
2006:
Cast as Dr. Hank McCoy (a.k.a. Beast) in the third installment of the "X-Men" series "X-Men: The Last Stand"
2007:
Returned to series TV as the central character on the short lived Fox comedy "Back to You"
2008:
Cast as the U.S. President in the comedy film "Swing Vote"
2009:
Cast in the title role of a Wall Street executive who loses his job on ABC's short-lived series "Hank"
2009:
Played an orchestra conductor in the feature remake of "Fame"
2010:
Made his Broadway musical debut in the revival of "La Cage aux Folles" at Broadway¿s Longacre Theatre; earned a Tony Award nomination for Leading Actor in a Musical
2010:
Cast opposite Luke Wilson in the crime film "Middle Men"
2011:
Acted opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in "I Don't Know How She Does It"
2011:
Played corrupt Chicago mayor Tom Kane on the STARZ series "Boss"
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Education

Pine Crest Preparatory High School: Fort Lauderdale , Florida -
The Juilliard School: New York , New York -
Public School 24: Middlesex County , New Jersey - 1960 - 1963
Public School 22: Middlesex County , New Jersey - 1963 - 1964
Atlantic Highlands Elementary School: Atlantic Highlands , New Jersey - 1964 - 1965
Rumson Country Day School: Rumson , New Jersey - 1965 - 1966

Notes

Grammer has the distinction of being the first actor to receive Emmy nominations for peformances as the same character over three different seasons. He garnered two Emmy nods for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series playing Dr. Frasier Crane on "Cheers" and one in 1992 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for a guest shot as a vacationing Dr. Crane on "Wings". He finally won the statuette for Best Actor in a Comedy Series in 1994 for the first season of "Frasier".

In September 1996, after being involved in a traffic accident, Grammer checked into the Betty Ford Clinic.

He launched his own website at Kelseylive.com.

In May 2001, Grammer received an honorary doctorate from Amherst College in Massachusetts.

"The one thing Kelsey couldn't leave behind in playing Frasier is his big heart, and that's what people respond to ... But he is, in almost every way, diametrically opposed to the part he has played for so many years." --actor David Hyde Pierce to GQ, March 1997.

"Kelsey has no boundaries ... He was never told what was right and wrong. And now he has all the fame, the money and the power. So, he's like a child let loose on the world." --Grammer's former girlfriend Tammi Baliszewski to US, May 1997.

"I know now that drinking, for me, is something that will kill me." --Grammer to US, May 1997.

"I know the questions about 'my problems' or whatever, but they are not the defining factor of my life. The way I dealt with my problems defines me. I have cause to be proud of who I am, and I always did, but I just didn't know it. Now I do." --Grammer to TV Guide, February 21, 1998.

"Frasier is enormously human ... People recognize themselves in him, and are charmed by his willingness to fail. He just throws himself into life. He still thinks he can find love and do good.

"Oddly enough, he succeeds now and then. He's endearing because he's flawed, yet he does his best. Don't forget that he's a good man, too. But he takes himself way too seriously. His behavior becomes almost insane sometimes, because he misunderstands the facts in many situations. As long as human beings are like that--and we all are--Frasier will be popular." --Grammer to Biography, April 1998.

"I used to run away ... I used to be able to hide out in my addictions. That stopped being successful, so I quit. Quitting was very easy in one way. Once you embrace the fact that addiction is bad for you, it's easy. As Hamlet said, 'The readiness is all.' If you're ready, it's simple." --Grammer to Biography, April 1998.

"Despite the fact that I developed a reputation for being quite the L.A. partyer, I did most of my partying at home. I would pour myself five or six drinks and lose them in the house. There was always a drink around somewhere. I realized that the kind of drinking they did on 'Cheers' was nothing like real drinking. My choice at the end was vodka. That's where most people wind up. I don't know why--maybe because it has less color. I ended up at potato vodka, which I convinced myself was more real, and I thought there was some payoff for me in the potato. When I was going through a bottle a day, it became too much.

"I was about three weeks away from bottoming out when I finally checked into the Betty Ford clinic in 1996." --Grammer to Details, March 1999.

"'Othello' was a real eye-opener for me, because that's when I made the decision that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life ... And that happened because of what I had to fight for. James [Earl Jones] is one of the most generous actors in the world on stage. Christopher [Plummer] is not. In any work I go into, my goal is to always stay true to the text and true to myself, to my actor's instinct. My actor's instinct was challenged by Christopher's performance, and having learned how to stand up for the part I needed to play, I knew that acting was what I wanted to do." --Grammer to InTheater, March 15, 1999.

"Kelsey taught me Shakespeare. We were in the same class at Juilliard, and he knew more about Shakespeare than anyone. He's a classical actor who happens to have made a successful career in television." --Diane Venora, who starred as Lady Macbeth opposite Grammer, to the Boston Globe, May 14, 2000.

"There was a time when I thought there was nothing of Frasier Crane in Kelsey Grammer ... When I first knew him, there he was in torn shorts and a Hawaiian shirt, with unruly hair and all the mad partying. But over the years, I've seen the two get closer together. No one is as pompous as Frasier, but what they do share is both are driven by the desire to be kind and do the right thing." --"Cheers" writer and producer David Lee to Newsday, June 11, 2000.

"If I don't go back to live theatre every few years, I begin to feel ... rusted." --Grammer to The Observer, June 11, 2000.

"Of course I'm annoyed," Grammer said, referring to some of the cracks he had heard about his performance in "Macbeth". "All this time I was suffering under the delusion that Americans thought I was an actor." -- Grammer to Newsday, June 11, 2000.

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wife:
Doreen Alderman. Dance instructor, dancer. Met while she was performing on Broadway in "42nd Street"; married in 1982; separated in 1984; divorced in 1990; mother of Spencer Grammer.
companion:
Cerlette Lamme. Former professional ice skater. Born c. 1960; performed with the Ice Capades; met in 1985; together for seven years, separating in 1992; sued Grammer for libel over comments in his book.
companion:
Barrie Buckner. Bartender, makeup artist. Had affair with Grammer while he was living with Cerlette Lamme; mother of Greer Grammer.
wife:
Leigh-Anne Csuhany. Former exotic dancer. Born c. 1970; married on September 11, 1992; Grammer filed for an annulment of their marriage in June 1993 after she allegedly menaced him with a kitchen knife; sought custody of their unborn child; she attempted suicide and had to have an abortion; divorced in 1993.
companion:
Tammi Alexander. Model. Posed for <i>Playboy</i>; engaged to be married in March 1994; separated in June 1996 after allegations of an affair with an underage babysitter surfaced.
wife:
Camille Donatacci. Producer, former model. Born in 1968; posed for <i>Playboy</i> at least 15 times; became engaged in fall 1996; married on August 2, 1997 in a Catholic ceremony.
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grandfather:
Gordon Cranmer. Maternal grandfather; raised Grammer after the divorce of the boy's parents; died of cancer when Grammer was 11.
grandmother:
Evangeline Cranmer.
father:
Allen Grammer. Bar owner on St. Thomas. Divorced Sally Grammer c. 1957; Grammer did not see his father for 15 years; met only twice before father's 1968 murder.
mother:
Sally Grammer. Housewife. Divorced Allen Grammer c. 1957; took Grammer to live with her parents in New Jersey.
sister:
Karen Grammer. Born c. 1957; raped and murdered in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1975.
half-sister:
Betty Grammer.
half-brother:
Stephen Grammer. Died while scuba diving in 1980.
half-brother:
Billy Grammer. Died while scuba diving in 1980.
half-brother:
John Grammer. Younger; sold the story of Grammer's underage-sex allegations to the tabloids.
daughter:
Spencer Grammer. Born in 1984; mother Doreen Alderman.
daughter:
Greer Kandace Grammer. Born on February 15, 1992; mother Barrie Buckner; Grammer doesn't see her because of strained relations with her mother.
daughter:
Mason Olivia Grammer. Born on October 24, 2001 via a surrogate mother; mother, Camille Donatacci.
son:
Jude Gordon Grammer. Born on August 28, 2004 via a surrogate mother; mother, Camille Donatacci.
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