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Kelsey Grammer

Highest Rated:   100% Toy Story 2 (1999)
Lowest Rated:   4% Reach Me (2014)
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Birthplace:   St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
For better or worse, leading actor Kelsey Grammer's name will probably forever be associated with the pompous, garrulous, and self-absorbed but lovable psychiatrist Frasier Crane, a character Grammer has played on television since he first appeared on the NBC sitcom Cheers, in 1984, as a love interest for Shelley Long. Though Frasier was not intended to become a series regular, Grammer's performance of the blowhard neurotic charmed audiences and he remained with Cheers through its 1993 demise. At the beginning of the 1993-1994 television season, Grammer's character was resurrected in his own show and moved from Boston to Seattle, where he became a radio psychologist and faced a whole slew of folks just waiting to poke metaphorical pins in his hot air balloon. Thanks to excellent performances and top-notch writing, Frasier became as big a hit as its predecessor. Grammer won three Emmy awards and was nominated for seven more (twice for Cheers, once for his guest appearance on a 1992 episode of Wings, four times for Frasier) for playing the character. Born on St. Thomas, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Grammer knew extreme tragedy in youth. Following the shooting death of his father when he was a boy, he was raised in New Jersey and then Florida, by his mother and grandfather. His grandfather died before Grammer became a teen. When he was 20, his sister was abducted and violently murdered. Five years later, he lost two half brothers in a diving accident. As a young man, Grammer found comfort in Shakespeare; with his acting debut in a high school production of The Little Foxes came an interest in pursuing drama as a career. He enrolled in Juilliard, but dropped out after two years to work at San Diego's Old Globe Theater, where he gained three years' invaluable experience performing in Shakespearean and classical dramas; afterward, Grammer performed in productions across the country. He eventually made it to Broadway, where he appeared in various productions, including Othello. Prior to playing Frasier, Grammer appeared occasionally on television and had regular roles in three soap operas, including One Life to Live. He continues to occasionally guest star on other series. Fans of the animated satire The Simpsons will recognize his periodic voice characterization as the venomous Sideshow Bob. Miniseries and telemovies in which he has appeared include London Suite and Beyond Suspicion. Grammer made his feature film debut with a small role in Top of the Hill (1989) and had his first starring role in the much-panned comedy Down Periscope (1996). In addition to his Emmy kudos, Grammer has received an American Comedy Award, two Golden Globes, and a People's Choice Award. In 1995, he published his autobiography So Far.Grammer would spend the following years taking on TV roles on shows like Back to You and Boss, but would find even more success as a producer, helping bring shows like The Game, Girlfriends, Hank, Medium, and World Cup Comedy to fruition. In 2014, he returned to acting in a big way, making a cameo appearance in X-Men: Days of Future Past, reprising his role as Beast, playing the bad guy in Transformers: Age of Extinction, and returning to television in the FX series Partners.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Bunyan and Babe
  • The Amazing Blackstone / Norm Blandsford
2017
63% Storks
  • Hunter
$72.7M 2016
62% Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
  • Shelby's Dad
2016
94% Best Of Enemies
  • Actor
$0.9M 2015
33% Entourage
  • Himself
2015
43% Killing Jesus
  • King Herod
2015
No Score Yet Baby, Baby, Baby
  • Sebastian
2015
4% Reach Me
  • Angelo Aldo Bandini
2014
32% The Expendables 3
  • Bonaparte
$34.8M 2014
18% Transformers: Age of Extinction
  • Harold Attinger
$206.8M 2014
16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return
  • Tin Man
$6.5M 2014
No Score Yet Breaking the Bank
  • Actor
2014
17% Until They Are Home
  • Narrator
2012
17% I Don't Know How She Does It
  • Clark Cooper
$9.6M 2011
39% Middle Men
  • Frank Griffin
$0.8M 2010
8% Crazy on the Outside
  • Frank
$64.9k 2010
24% Fame
  • Martin Cranston
$22.5M 2009
11% An American Carol
  • Patton
$7M 2008
39% Swing Vote
  • Pres. Boone
$16.3M 2008
58% X-Men: The Last Stand
  • Dr. Hank McCoy/Beast
$234.3M 2006
24% Even Money
  • Detective Brunner
2006
No Score Yet BikerMania - Revolution on Wheels
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet A Christmas Carol
  • Ebenezer Scrooge
2005
No Score Yet The Good Humor Man
  • Mr. Skibness
  • Executive Producer
2005
76% Teacher's Pet
  • Dr. Krank
$6.3M 2004
No Score Yet Barbie of Swan Lake
  • Rothbart
2003
No Score Yet Real Howard Spitz
  • Howard Spitz
2003
No Score Yet Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor
  • George Washington
2003
71% The Big Empty
  • Agent Banks
2003
No Score Yet Standing on Fishes
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Mr. St. Nick
  • Nick St. Nick
2002
No Score Yet America: A Tribute to Heroes
  • Actor
2001
33% 15 Minutes
  • Robert Hawkins
$24.2M 2001
No Score Yet The Sports Pages
  • Actor
2001
100% Toy Story 2
  • Stinky Pete the Prospector
1999
No Score Yet Bartok the Magnificent
  • Zozi
1999
40% Animal Farm
  • Snowball
1999
No Score Yet Standing on Fishes
  • Verk
1999
40% Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas
  • the Narrator
1999
No Score Yet The Hand Behind Mickey Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story
  • Narrator
1999
No Score Yet The Pentagon Wars
  • General Partridge
1998
86% Anastasia
  • Vladimir
1997
No Score Yet Neil Simon's 'London Suite'
  • Sydney Nichols
1996
12% Down Periscope
  • Thomas Dodge
1996
No Score Yet Beyond Suspicion
  • Ron McNally
1993
No Score Yet Appointment for a Killing
  • Ron McNally
1993
No Score Yet Galaxies Are Colliding
  • Peter
1992
No Score Yet The Simpsons: Family Therapy
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Dance 'til Dawn
  • Ed Strull
1988

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
86% Modern Family
2009
  • Keifth
  • 2017
55% The Last Tycoon
2016
  • Pat Brady
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Voice
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2016
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
94% Trollhunters
2016
  • Blinky
  • 2016
26% Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris
2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2005
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 1997
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1990
No Score Yet Dog Whisperer With Cesar Millan: Family Edition
2014
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2014
25% Partners
2014
  • Director
  • Allen Braddock
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2014
No Score Yet Who Do You Think You Are?
2010
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2012
84% Boss
2011-2012
  • Tom Kane
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2012
  • 2011
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
  • Himself
  • 2012
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2001
No Score Yet Pioneers of Television
2008-2014
  • Voice
  • 2011
No Score Yet Medium
2005-2011
  • Actor
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
8% Hank
2009
  • Director
  • Hank Pryor
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2004
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Director
  • Frasier Frasier Crane
  • Executive Producer
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Appearing
  • 2003
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1998
  • 1994
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
  • Dr. Frasier Crane
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
90% Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
  • Capt. Bateman
  • 1992
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest

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