KELSEY GRAMMERBorn: February 21, 1955
Birthplace: St. Thomas, USVI
(Dr. Frasier Crane) Emmy winner Kelsey Grammer has become the first actor in television history to receive Emmy nominations for his performance as a character he created on three series. He received two Emmy nominations for his portrayal of Dr. Frasier Crane on "Cheers." His guest appearance as the vacationing Frasier Crane on NBC's "Wings" in 1992 earned him another Emmy nomination, as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. He received an Emmy as Best Actor in a Comedy Series in the debut season of "Frasier," in which he stars in the title role.
Grammer was born on St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands, and was raised by his mother and grandfather, first in New Jersey, then in Florida. Following the death of his grandfather, the 11-year-old Grammer was drawn to the works of Shakespeare, which fostered his new-found love of the English language.
He first acted in a high school production of "The Little Foxes," and with the encouragement of his English and drama teachers, decided to pursue acting as a career. After two years at the Juilliard School, he was accepted by the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, where he spent three years performing in classic works by Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw.
He later performed in regional theaters across the United States -- such as the Guthrie in Minneapolis -- before appearing in the Off-Broadway productions of "Plenty," "Sunday in the Park with George," "A Month in the Country" and the Obie Award-winning "Quartermaine's Terms." His Broadway credits include "Macbeth" and "Othello," and his most recent stage appearance was in the title role of "Richard II" at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
Among his television credits are roles on the daytime dramas "Another World," "One Life to Live" and "Guiding Light." He also made a guest appearance in the premiere episode of "Kate and Allie" and had parts in the mini-series "Kennedy" and the NBC movies "Dance 'til Dawn," "Beyond Suspicion" and "The Innocent." He joined "Cheers" in 1984. He received a Golden Globe nomination and a People's Choice Award as Favorite Male In a New TV series for his performance during the first season of "Frasier."
Grammer lives in the Los Angeles area with his parrot and five dogs. He enjoys singing, playing piano, golf, tennis, darts and pool, and sailing on his 37-foot boat.