Happy Birthday Kelsey Grammer: Celebrating His Best TV Moments

by Charles Craighill

Today, Kelsey Grammer from the late ’80s and ’90s hit television show Cheers and its spin-off Frasier turns 66. While the two NBC television shows may be his most well-known work, Grammer also appeared in countless other shows and movies over the course of his career. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look at some of his best moments on screen.

Kelsey Grammer Plays Dr. Frasier Crane on Cheers

While Cheers performed pretty poorly out of the gate in terms of reviews, the hilarious show eventually became one of the most-watched shows on television. Part of this was due to Kelsey Grammer coming onto the show as a new character. The brilliant doctor Frasier Crane becomes one of the show’s best characters starting in season three. While writers originally intended for Frasier to only stick around for a few episodes, they had no choice but to keep him due to Grammer’s outstanding performance. Here are some of his best moments on Cheers.

Kelsey Grammer’s portrayal of Dr. Frasier plays off of his social shortcomings due to his intellectual mind. The genius doctor and bar regular has a vocabulary far more advanced than the bartender Sam’s, which creates a hilarious dynamic between the two characters. For instance, Frasier’s attempted conversation about the Boston Red Sox creates a hilarious situation when he doesn’t know the casual diction for the game of baseball. With moments like these, Kelsey Grammer helped make Cheers must-watch television.

Dr. Frasier Gets his Own Show

The producers and writers loved Kelsey Grammer’s performance on Cheers so much that they decided to give him his own show. In the Cheers spin-off, Dr. Frasier returns to his hometown of Seattle. There he lives with his retired policeman father and his father’s caretaker. In this side of the show, viewers see the family side of Frasier, including his younger brother Niles who often appears.

Many of the same points of humor carry over from Cheers to Frasier, including the clashing intellect. Where in Cheers, Frasier’s intellect clashes with Sam the bartender, in Frasier, clashes with his blue-collar father. For instance, Kelsey Grammer continues the joke that Frasier can’t understand sports in a clip with his father, just as he did with Sam in Cheers. Here are some funny moments from his time on Frasier.

Kelsey Grammer has also appeared on other television shows and movies over the course of his career. Most notably, he portrayed Ebenezer Scrooge in the 2004 version of A Christmas Carol alongside several other big names. He has also given his voice to several notable acts including The Simpsons and Toy Story 2. Beyond that, Kelsey Grammer has a large number of credits and guest appearances all over television. His acting career has brought plenty of smiles and laughs to all of us, so we wish many in return on his 66th birthday.