Best known for his break out role as Dr. Frasier Crane, Allen Kelsey Grammer has been a fixture of our television and film watching for decades. He’s loaned his deep voice to numerous animated features and video games. Most people first became familiar with him when he portrayed the iconic doctor in the well-known and beloved series Cheers. However, there’s more to Kelsey than a single role. These days he’s a multimillionaire for his work on screen and behind the scenes. How did Kelsey Grammer achieve a net worth of sixty million dollars? We’ll share his success story from the beginning.
Where it All Began
Born February 21, 1955, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Kelsey’s parents were both performers. His mother, Sally, was an actress and singer, and his father Frank Allen Grammer, Jr. owned a Coffee Shop called Greer’s Place and was a musician. Growing up in such a talented and creative family almost certainly contributed to Kelseys’ love of performing.
Sadly Grammer’s only sister, Karen, died at age eighteen in 1975. According to Westword.com, her murderer Michael Corbett died in a Denver prison this year after serving a lengthy sentence for a crime spree that included the rape and Murder of Karen. Though her horrific death would later inspire the now Colorado Attorney General John Suthers to become a prosecuting attorney, that’s a small triumph given what she went through before her untimely passing.
Unfortunately, that’s not the only personal, family tragedy the actor suffered early on. His father passed away in 1968 as the result of a murder during a home invasion. At age twelve, Kelsey lost his grandfather to cancer. Five years after losing his sister, Kelsey lost his two half brothers during a scuba related accident off the coast of the Virgin Islands.
So much sorrow early on could have had a very different effect on Grammer. Some people break under the weight of their grief. Not Kelsey, though, he found ways to move forward. It was at Pine Crest private Prep School in Florida, where he first began to sing and perform on stage. Eventually, he won a scholarship to attend Julliard but was later expelled for failing to attend classes.
He moved on to a three-year-long internship at the Old Globe Theater and followed that with time at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. By 1981 Kelsey had made his Broadway debut. He was initially cast to play Lennox in Macbeth but took over the lead after fellow actor Phillip Anglim withdrew from the production on the heels of some bad reviews.
Notably, Grammer has been married four different times and has a total of seven children and at least one grandchild from those relationships. He’s been married to Kayte Walsh for the last eight years. If divorce and spousal support ever affected his fortune, he’s certainly not hurting much for it.
A Long & Storied Career in Acting
For most of his life, Kelsey Grammer has been known for his many theatrical accomplishments. His first small-screen role was that of a waiter in the series Ryan’s Hope back in 1979. From then until he became a series regular on Cheers in 1984, Gramer worked in television. He was a part of half a dozen shows, but his longest early (pre-Cheers) television role was in 1983’s Kennedy, where he played Stephen Smith for five episodes.
By the time the ’90s rolled around Gramer as Crane was hosting Disney Specials. Kelsey took on the mantle of The Simpsons villain Sideshow Bob, did three episodes of SNL, hosting twice, and started his film career off with 1992’s Galaxies Are Colliding. During that decade, he was cast in several animated films, including Anastasia and Toy Story 2. However, it was in 1993 that Dr. Frasier Crane finally got his own, wildly successful and long-running spinoff Frasier.
In the 2000s and 2010s, Mr. Gramer has continued to reprise his role as Frasier and added many more characters to his personal filmography. From Sesame Street to Arrow, the actor seems to be everywhere we turn. He’s never stopped acting on stage. Just this year, he starred in The Man of LaMancha at the London Theater.
Directing & Producing
Acting isn’t the only thing this brilliant performer has tried his hand at successfully. Beginning in 1996, he directed thirty-six episodes of Frasier. Since then, he’s gone on to direct in seven other productions, including an episode of Everybody Hates Chris called Everybody Hates the Last Day. Kelseys’ production company Grammnet Productions has brought us several great shows, including Frasier, Medium, Hank, and Boss.
Awards & Accolades
Perhaps most notably, Kelsey Grammer is the first person to receive multiple Emmy awards for portraying the same character, Dr. Crane, on three different shows. He has been nominated or won over seventy-five times by almost every agency that gives awards to actors. Notably, Kelsey won two Tonys for Best Revival of a Musical, for The Color Purple and was once nominated for a Teen Choice Award as the villain in Transformers: Age of Ultron. In 2015 he even received a Razzie for Worst Supporting Actor, though his dozens of other nominations and wins were all positive.
According to LookToTheStars.org, Kelsey is an active participant in eight charities and has done work for eighteen different causes. He’s an outspoken Republican and has donated time, money, or both to HIV/AIDS, Orphans, Education, and Environmental causes, to name just a few. He’s known for supporting Amber Watch, the United Service Organization, and the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. We can admire his charitable work, and like his ex-wives, it hasn’t exactly broken his bank, but with so many films, tv shows, awards and productions under his belt, it’s no wonder.
Where did Kelsey Grammer make his millions? You can answer that for yourself by simply turning on your television. Kelsey is a prolific actor with a vast list of credits to his name, and most of them have paid him well for his outstanding work. Though his personal life is fraught with turmoil and sprinkled with bouts of alcoholism and other troubles, Mr. Grammer has undoubtedly earned his net worth with pure, unrelenting talent.