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Kelsey Grammer

Kelsey GrammerAKA Allen Kelsey Grammer

Born: 21-Feb-1955
Birthplace: St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Frasier

Kelsey Grammer played psychiatrist Frasier Crane, first on the long-running Cheers and then on his own show, Frasier. Until being passed by the cast of The Simpsons, he was tied with Gunsmoke's James Arness and Milburn Stone for playing the same character for the longest consecutive period in prime time, 20 years.

Grammer has led a turbulent life: his parents divorced when he was two, his father was murdered when he was thirteen, and three siblings have met death through unusual circumstances. He grew up in New Jersey and then Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and was raised primarily by his mother and grandfather. After graduating from high school, he spent two years studying drama at Julliard before dropping out to work. He spent three years performing the plays of Shakespeare and Shaw at San Diego's Old Globe Theater, then toured in Broadway-style productions, and reached Broadway for early-1980s productions of Hamlet and Othello. In 1984, he landed the role of smug psychiatrist Frasier Crane on Cheers. It was meant to be a short-run guest part, but became permanent when it was clear he provided a foil for Ted Danson's ex-jock character, and a rival for the affections of barmaid Shelley Long.

As Grammer's professional life was taking off, his personal life faltered. His first wife decided to leave him while she was delivering their daughter Spencer. He had called her from the airport to tell her he was coming in, and she said "Don't bother. I've had all the locks changed". In 1987 Grammer was charged with DUI and possession of cocaine. Following a 1988 conviction for possession of cocaine, he was put on 90 days house arrest, and then served 30 days in jail in 1991 after violating parole conditions. In his autobiography, he claims that his second wife, former stripper Leigh-Anne Cushany, was abusive. After they spoke about divorce, he wrote, she made a failed suicide attempt by overdosing on Tylenol and wine, and miscarried their child as a result.

During the middle of the 1990s he was frequently in the tabloids: he was accused of statutory rape by the parents of his child's underage babysitter, but police found no evidence to support the accusation. After publishing his autobiography, So Far... in 1995, Grammer was sued by a former girlfriend for defamation of character and invasion of privacy. In September of 1996 he flipped his car near his home, and subsequently checked in to the Betty Ford Clinic for thirty days. He has been drug- and alcohol-free since that time, he says.

Grammer sued Internet Entertainment Group when he suspected that his former girlfriend Cerlette Lamme tried to sell a videotape of herself having sex with the actor. IEG is infamous for the Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee sex tape. Grammer sued IEG while under the mistaken impression that it had purchased the tape, but IEG owner Seth Warshavsky said that Grammer dropped the suit "like a red-hot crack pipe" when he realized his error. Reports persist that Grammer bought a tape (which may or may not exist) from a former lover for $1 million. While we don't know if those reports are correct (Lamme in particular claims no tape ever existed), a 2006 interview with Maxim has Grammer urging celebrities not to record any sex tapes. It is entirely possible that Grammer had forgotten exactly which girlfriend recorded what.

Grammer's third wife, former Playboy model Camille Grammer, was advised by her doctors not to get pregnant, due to her irritable bowel syndrome. They have instead had two children via a surrogate. The Grammers have been active in supporting the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, and in speaking about this rarely-discussed disorder.

Father: Allen Grammer (bartender, div. 1957, d. 1968 murdered in the Virgin Islands)
Mother: Sally Cranmer Grammer (homemaker, b. circa 1928, d. 7-Jul-2008)
Sister: Karen Grammer (d. 1975 raped and murdered in Colorado)
Sister: Betty Grammer (half-sister)
Brother: Stephen Grammer (half-brother, d. 1980 scuba diving accident)
Brother: William "Billy" Grammer (half-brother, d. 1980 scuba diving accident)
Brother: John Grammer (half-brother)
Wife: Doreen Alderman (dance instructor, m. 30-May-1982, div. 1990, one daughter)
Daughter: Spencer Grammer (actress, b. 9-Aug-1984)
Girlfriend: Cerlette Lamme (ice skater, b. 1960, cohabited 1980s)
Girlfriend: Barrie Buckner (make-up artist, cohabited 1991-92)
Daughter: Greer Grammer (b. 1992, with Barrie Buckner)
Wife: Leigh-Anne Cushany (stripper, m. 11-Sep-1992, div. 1993)
Girlfriend: Tammi Alexander (actress-model, broken engagement 1994)
Wife: Camille Donatucci Grammer (MTV dancer, m. 2-Aug-1997, div. 10-Feb-2011, two children)
Daughter: Mason Olivia Grammer (b. 24-Oct-2001 via surrogate)
Son: Jude Gordon Grammer (b. 28-Aug-2004 via surrogate)
Wife: Kayte Walsh (flight attendant, b. circa 1980, mistress 2010, m. 25-Feb-2011, one daughter, one son)
Daughter: Faith Evangeline Elisa Grammer (twin, b. 13-Jul-2012)
Son: (twin, stillborn, b. 13-Jul-2012, d. 13-Jul-2012)

    High School: Pine Crest Preparatory School, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (1973)
    University: Juilliard School (two years)

    Planet Hollywood
    Alcoholics Anonymous
    Afghanistan World Foundation Celebrity Committee
    Bush-Cheney '04
    Bush-Quayle '92
    John McCain 2008
    National Republican Congressional Committee
    R Baby Foundation Honorary Board of Directors
    Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee
    Solutions America PAC
    Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 7021 Hollywood Blvd (television)
    Emmy 1994, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, for Frazier
    Emmy 1995, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, for Frazier
    Golden Globe 1996, Best Performance by an Actor, for Frazier
    Emmy 1998, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, for Frazier
    Golden Globe 2001, Best Performance by an Actor, for Frazier
    Emmy 2004, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, for Frazier
    Emmy 2006, Outstanding Voice-Over Performance, for The Simpsons
    Golden Globe 2012, Best Performance by an Actor, for Boss
    Betty Ford Center Oct-1996 for substance abuse
    Drug Possession: Cocaine Apr-1988
    Driving While Intoxicated
    Violating Probation 1990, over his DUI (30 days in the can)
    Inmate: Los Angeles County Jail 30 days (Jun-1990)
    House Arrest 90 days (Aug-1990)
    Appendectomy 1999
    Heart Attack 31-May-2008
    Risk Factors: Alcoholism, Cocaine, Appendicitis

    Boss Mayor Kane (2011-12)
    Back to You Chuck Darling (2007-08)
    Frasier Dr. Frasier Crane (1993-2004)
    The Simpsons Sideshow Bob (1990-)
    Cheers Dr. Frasier Crane (1984-93)

    Like Father (3-Aug-2018)
    Storks (22-Sep-2016) [VOICE]
    Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (26-Apr-2016)
    Entourage (27-May-2015)
    The Expendables 3 (4-Aug-2014)
    Transformers: Age of Extinction (25-Jun-2014)
    Think Like a Man Too (20-Jun-2014)
    Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (10-Jun-2013) [VOICE]
    I Don't Know How She Does It (15-Sep-2011) · Clark Cooper
    Crazy on the Outside (8-Jan-2010) · Frank
    Fame (23-Sep-2009) · Mr. Martin Cranston
    Middle Men (17-May-2009) · Frank Griffin
    An American Carol (3-Oct-2008)
    Swing Vote (20-May-2008)
    X-Men: The Last Stand (22-May-2006)
    Even Money (Mar-2006)
    The Good Humor Man (16-Mar-2005)
    A Christmas Carol: The Musical (28-Nov-2004)
    Teacher's Pet (16-Jan-2004) [VOICE]
    Barbie of Swan Lake (30-Sep-2003) [VOICE]
    The Big Empty (16-May-2003) · Agent Banks
    Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor (13-Jan-2003)
    Mr. St. Nick (16-Nov-2002)
    America: A Tribute to Heroes (21-Sep-2001) · Himself
    15 Minutes (1-Mar-2001)
    The Sports Pages (7-Jan-2001)
    Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas (7-Dec-1999) · Narrator [VOICE]
    Bartok the Magnificent (16-Nov-1999) [VOICE]
    Toy Story 2 (13-Nov-1999) · Prospector [VOICE]
    Animal Farm (3-Oct-1999) · Snowball [VOICE]
    Standing on Fishes (7-Aug-1999) · Verk
    The Real Howard Spitz (28-Aug-1998) · Howard Spitz
    The Pentagon Wars (28-Feb-1998)
    Anastasia (21-Nov-1997) · Vladimir [VOICE]
    Down Periscope (1-Mar-1996) · Tom Dodge
    Dance 'Til Dawn (23-Oct-1988)
    George Washington (8-Apr-1984)

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Author of books:
So Far... (1995)

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