Kelsey Grammer played one of television’s most famous psychiatrists, Frasier Crane, for 20 years on two different classic sitcoms. But in real life, Grammer has battled his own personal demons and great tragedies. He said he refuses to “complain about my life.”
“It was an extraordinary challenge a lot of the time, and there’s been a lot of pain and a lot of great joy,” he told Page Six. “I wouldn’t trade a moment of it except to possibly bring back some people I care about.”
Perhaps one of those people would be his father Frank. In 1968, an assailant lit Frank’s car on fire and shot and murdered him in front of a 13-year-old Kelsey Grammer and other family members. When Grammer was 20, he lost his younger sister Karen. Four men kidnapped, raped, and killed her.
In 1980, Grammer’s half-brothers, Stephen and Billy, both died. The duo went scuba diving but both had an accident underwater that resulted in their deaths. For a time, Kelsey Grammer self-medicated his pain and loss. He developed a substance abuse problem that he struggled to kick during his career.
But these days he’s found strength within his family. He’s been married four times but found new happiness with fourth wife Kayte Walsh. The couple also has had three children. In total, Grammer is father to six kids.
“To have young children at this time of my life is just one of the most amazing joys a person could have. And to have my older children as well, it’s a true blessing. I mean, I have been given great gifts,” Grammer said. “You know, as corny as it sounds, a day at a time. You have to keep your chin up, not give in.”
Kelsey Grammer Revisits ‘Frasier’
Kelsey Grammer is also revisiting one of his greatest and most iconic creations. That’s right, Dr. Frasier Crane is back wishing you good mental health. The actor will be starring in an upcoming reboot of the property for Paramount+. The show will pick up years after “Frasier” ended and explore Crane in his third act of life.
Grammer is hoping to get the band back together for the reboot. He’s extended an invitation to all of his former castmates to appear on the show. But in an interview with Collider, he confirms the reboot is moving forward whether they come back or not.
He said: “We think we’re going to get most of the actors back, I’m certainly hopeful that we will, and I’m fairly confident that they’ll come back… We have a story to tell — that can actually be told with or without them, honestly — but I want them back because that’s what I always dreamed of. I thought we should explore all their lives in their third act, and so that is my hope.”