Kelsey Grammer is the first actor in TV history ever to receive multiple Emmy nominations for performing the same role on three different shows. For his portrayal of psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane on the sitcom “Cheers” in 1982, he received two nominations; for his guest appearance in the same role on “Wings” in 1990, he got another nomination; and, for his work on “Frasier” in 1993, he earned nine nominations, four of which he won for Outstanding Actor making Dr. Frasier Crane TV’s most enduring and endearing character. In addition to his multiple Emmys, Grammer is a recipient of a Screen Actors Guild Award, two Golden Globe Awards, two American Comedy Awards, and a People’s Choice Award. In 1993, he signed a new two season deal for “Frasier” at an agreed amount of $ 1.6 million per episode making him the highest paid TV star.
Born Allen Kelsey Grammer on 21 February 1955 in Saint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands, the early life of Kelsey Grammer has been saddled with tragedies in sharp contrast with the lighthearted roles that he so realistically played that put him on the road to fame and fortune later in his life. When he was 13, Grammer’s father was shot dead right in front of his home in the Virgin Islands. Seven years later, his younger sister was abducted, raped and murdered in Colorado Springs in Colorado. And, in 1980, his younger fraternal twin half brothers died in a freak scuba diving accident.
Raised in New Jersey and Florida by his mother and grandfather, Kelsey Grammer was drawn to Shakespeare and studied for 2 years at the Juilliard School. When he left Juilliard, he took a 3-year internship with the Old Globe Theater in San Diego and did a stint at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis in 1981, finally making his Broadway debut in 1981 playing roles in “Othello” and “Macbeth,” then finally joining the cast of “Cheers” in 1984 that became the lynchpin of his successful acting career. Aside from acting, Kelsey Grammer is in demand for voiceover work because of his deep, smooth voice and Mid-Atlantic accent. Some of the characters to whom he lent his voice are Sideshow Bob on “The Simpsons,” Vladimir in the animated movie “Anastasia” and Stinky Pete the Prospector in “Toy Story 2.” His voice has been featured as well in commercials such Hyundai and GEICO, the talking reptile.
A card carrying member of the Republican Party, Kelsey Grammer has manifested his interest in running for a seat in the United States Congress sometime in the future and was a guest at the first inaugural of President George W. Bush. While he indorsed Rudy Giuliani in the 2008 presidential primaries, Grammer later campaigned for Republican John McCain in the presidential elections.