American actor, director and producer Kelsey Grammer is best known to TV viewers for playing psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane in the high-profile sitcom “Frasier” (1993-2004). For his hilarious performance, Grammer received plenty of recognition and won four Emmy Awards as well as two Golden Globe Awards. The character of Dr. Frasier Crane was also featured in the TV series “Cheers” (1982-1993, earned two Emmy nominations) and “Wings” (1992, brought him another Emmy nomination). On the big screen, Grammer is known for playing roles in such films as the thriller 15 Minutes (2001) and the comedy The Big Empty (2003). Recently appearing in Even Money (2006), he will soon be seen as Dr. Hank McCoy/Beast in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and as Francis in Brian Skeet’s drama Significant Others (2006).
Grammer’s off-screen life is as sensational as his on-screen career. His addiction to alcohol and drugs triggered several arrests and sentences. He finally entered the Betty Ford Clinic in 1996 for 30 days of rehab. He also had several upsetting experiences in legal courts. In 1995, he was sued by ex-wife Leigh-Anne Csuhany for defamation of character and invasion of privacy, and three years later, he sued Internet Entertainment Group for stealing his private belongings and was then countersued by IEG. On a more positive note, he and wife Camille became the spokespeople for irritable bowel syndrome sufferers.
As for his romantic life, Grammer is known to have had several unsteady relationships. His engagement with model Tammi Alexander was cancelled after he had an affair with a babysitter. His next relationship, with ice-skater Cerlette Lamme, was destroyed by his affair with makeup artist Barrie Buckner, with whom he has a daughter. After the scandals, he married Doreen Alderman (separated in 1990), Leigh-Anne Csuhany (divorced in 1993, has a daughter with her) and is now the husband of Camille Donatacci. With third wife Camille, Grammer has a daughter named Mason Olivia Grammer.
Childhood and Family:
The son of Allen Grammer (bar owner) and Sally Grammer, Kelsey Grammer was born as Allen Kelsey Grammer on February 21, 1955, in the Virgin Islands. Due to his parents’ separation, young Kelsey had to live with his mother and grandparents in New Jersey.
As a child, Kelsey had a complex life. He attended numerous elementary schools and moved from one school to another. His grandfather died and his father, whom he saw only twice, was murdered. He then decided to take the drama program at The Juilliard School in New York. However, he stopped going to class and was eventually kicked out of the school. His sad experiences were also marked with the rape and murder of his only sister, Karen Grammer. After moving to Florida, where he attended Pine Crest Preparatory High School, Kelsey had to deal with unhappiness again as his two half-brothers, Stephen and Billy Grammer, were killed by a shark attack while scuba diving. To overcome his sadness, Kelsey participated in a number of productions.
As for his married life, Kelsey has been married three times. In 1982, he was married to dance instructor Doreen Alderman, but they divorced eight years later. Kelsey and Doreen share a daughter named Spencer Grammer (born in 1984). From 1992 to 1993, he was briefly married to stripper Leigh-Anne Csuhany. Kelsey is now married to former nude model Camille Donatacci, whom he wed in August 1997. They have a daughter, Mason Olivia Grammer (born on October 24, 2001), who was delivered by a surrogate mother. He also has a daughter, Greer Kandace Grammer (born on February 15, 1992), from his relationship with lover Barrie Buckner.
Kelsey Grammer began acting in high school when he appeared in a school play of “The Little Foxes.” After being kicked out of Juilliard, Grammer joined the Old Globe Theater in San Diego and performed with them for three years. After leaving the group, he appeared in many theaters across the country, including the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was also discovered in several off-Broadway plays like “Plenty,” “Sunday in the Park with George” and the Obie-winning “Quartermaine’s Terms.” After getting his feet wet with numerous plays, Grammer finally made his Broadway debut in 1981 in a production of “Macbeth” and followed that up with the feature role of Cassio in the Broadway revival of “Othello” (1982). The same year, Grammer made his small screen debut by reprising his stage role for the TV movie version of Macbeth (1982) before taking minor parts in such series as “Kennedy” (1983) and “Kate & Allie” (1984).
In 1984, Grammer got his first taste of fame when he won the role of Dr. Frasier Crane, a psychiatrist and regular customer of the Cheers bar, in the already-airing sitcom “Cheers” (1982-1993), for creator James Burrows, Glen Charles and Les Charles. Due to his fine comic turn, the actor earned two Emmy nominations for Best Supporting Actor. The character of Dr. Crane was so famous that he later reprised the role in an episode of the TV series “Wings” (1992), in which he earned another Emmy nomination for Best Actor. While working with the series, Grammer also appeared in numerous TV series and TV films like “Another World” (1984-1985), “Crossings” (1986), “J.J. Starbuck” (1987), Dance ‘Til Dawn (1988), Top of the Hill (1989), “The Tracey Ullman Show” (1990), and “Baby Talk” (1991). He also made a big screen debut with the supporting role of Peter in John Ryman’s comedy Galaxies are Colliding (1992).
Following the success of “Cheers,” Grammer revived his Dr. Frasier Crane character in the big hit “Frasier” (1993-2004), where he starred alongside Jane Leeves and David Hyde Pierce. Grammer’s continuous wit nabbed countless awards, including four Emmys and two Golden Globes for Best Actor. He also received 6 Emmy, 7 Golden Globe and 8 Screen Actors Guild nominations. The actor also executive produced and directed a number of the “Frasier” episodes.
While working on the show, the actor/comedian voiced the recurring Sideshow Bob in the popular cartoon show “The Simpsons” (1990-2005), executive produced the TV film “The Innocent” (1994, also starred as Detective Frank Barlow), appeared in an episode of “The John Larroquette Show” (1995), produced the TV series “Fired Up” (1997), took the starring part of Maj. Gen. Partridge in the comedy The Pentagon Wars (1998), lent his voice for Stinky Pete the Prospector in John Lasseter’s Toy Story 2 (1999) and executive produced the sitcom “Girlfriends” (2000). Grammer also returned to stage, opposite Diane Venora, in the 2000 Broadway production of “Macbeth.”
Following his leading role with Robert De Niro and Edward Burns in John Herzfeld’s thriller 15 Minutes (2001), Grammer became the creator, producer and director of the TV movie Neurotic Tendencies (2001). It was followed by roles in Mr. St. Nick (2002, TV) and the comedy The Big Empty (2003). After the series ended, Grammer had a special clip show commemorating the Frasier series called Frasier: Analyzing the Laughter (2004). A year later, he took the supporting role of Mr. Skibness in his executive-produced The Good Humor Man (2005, TV) and directed a pilot for the TV series “Out of Practice” (2005).
Recently, Grammer was seen as Detective Brunner in Mark Rydell’s drama Even Money (2006), alongside Kim Basinger and Danny DeVito, and will soon play roles in the forthcoming Brett Ratner-directed X-Men: The Last Stand (2006, as Dr. Hank McCoy/Beast) and Brian Skeet’s drama Significant Others (2006, plays Francis). On the small screen, Grammer will produce the series “The Game” (2006) and direct the made-for-TV film My Ex Life (2006).
- Emmy: Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Frasier, 2004
- Golden Satellite: Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical, Frasier, 2002
- People’s Choice: Favorite Male Television Performer, 2002
- Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical, Frasier, 2001
- Banff Television Festival: Sir Peter Ustinov Award, 2001
- Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Frasier, 2000
- Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Frasier, 1998
- Golden Satellite: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical, Frasier, 1998
- Viewers for Quality Television: Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series, Frasier, 1998
- Viewers for Quality Television: Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series, Frasier, 1997
- American Comedy: Funniest Male Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) Network, Cable or Syndication, Frasier, 1996
- Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical, Frasier, 1996
- Viewers for Quality Television: Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series, Frasier, 1996
- Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Frasier, 1995
- Viewers for Quality Television: Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series, Frasier, 1995
- American Comedy: Funniest Male Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) Network, Cable or Syndication, Frasier, 1994
- Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Frasier, 1994