The beloved sitcom Frasier is set to return for a revival after 17 years, with Kelsey Grammer starring in the leading role.
Streaming service Paramount+ announced on Wednesday that the show will be part of its new line-up – and that Grammer, 66, will reprise his role as Dr Frasier Crane – but fans were left eagerly waiting on more details about which members of the original cast will feature.
David Hyde Pierce – who played Frasier’s brother Niles and came out as gay in 2007, three years after Frasier went off-air in 2004 – is still acting, as is his on-screen wife Jane Leeves, who played Frasier’s housekeeper Daphne. However, Leeves is currently starring in medical drama The Resident and previously said she has no plans to leave for a Frasier reboot.
Peri Gilpin, who played radio producer Roz, went on to star in numerous TV shows including The Lionhearts, Make It or Break It and Scorpion, and her most recent film role was 2019’s Benjamin.
Meanwhile Blackpool-born John Mahoney, who played Frasier and Niles’s father Martin Crane, died from throat cancer in 2018 aged 77. His faithful dog Eddie, played by Jack Russell terrier Moose, also passed away in 2006.
Frasier enjoyed a tumultuous love life in the show – and things weren’t that different for the actor who played him. Grammer is now married to his fourth wife, air stewardess Kayte Grammer, whom he met while still married to his third, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Camille.
It was during their marriage that he suffered a sudden heart attack while paddle-boarding in Hawaii and was moments away from death. Their split was acrimonious, with her blaming it on him being a ‘cross-dresser’.
It’s also apt that the father-of-seven played a psychiatrist, having endured more than his share of trauma; his dad – who divorced from his mother when he was two – was shot dead -two years after his grandfather died from cancer aged 63; his sister was brutally raped and murdered, and his two half brothers were eaten by sharks. Grammer also battled drug and alcohol addiction.
The Frasier cast have continued to share a special bond, with Leeves having co-star Gilpin present at her daughter’s birth and making Hyde Pierce and Mahoney her son’s godfathers. Here we reveal what the original stars have been doing for the last 17 years…
Dr. Frasier Crane, played by Kelsey Grammer
Then and now: Grammer has played the role of Frasier since 1984
Before joining the cast of Frasier when it began in 1993, Kelsey Grammer had already made a name for himself on the show Cheers.
On Frasier, Grammer played psychiatrist turned radio phone-in host Dr Frazier Crane, captivating audiences with his exuberant personality and long-time rivalry with his brother Niles.
Frasier ended in 2004 after 264 episodes and dozens of awards. Afterwards, Grammer continued playing the voice of Sideshow Bob in The Simpsons until 2017.
He has since gone on to act in major movies such as X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Transformers: The Age of Extinction plus TV shows Back to You, Boss and Proven Innocent. He also appeared in the 2020 film The God Committee.
Grammer has won a range of awards, including five Emmys, three Golden Globes and a Tony Award. But despite his glittering career, behind the scenes Grammer’s life has been tainted by tragedy and addiction.
His parents divorced when he was two and he and sister Karen were raised by their mother and grandmother in New Jersey. Their grandfather died from cancer when Grammer was 12, and two years later his biological father was shot dead by a madman who’d set fire to his car. The culprit, Arthur Niles, was found not guilty by reason of insanity and sent to a psychiatric facility.
He’s officially listening! A revival of the sitcom Frasier starring Kelsey Grammer has been officially confirmed
In 1975, 20-year-old Grammer’s sister Karen, then 18, was raped by four men and stabbed to death, with her body dumped in a trailer park. Speaking at the ring-leader’s parole hearing in 2009, Grammer – who’d had to identify her body – said her death ‘very nearly destroyed him’.
While studying at the prestigious Julliard School of performing arts in New York, Grammer was expelled when he stopped going to classes and began abusing alcohol and drugs. He later told Oprah his alcoholism was in the beginning down to his depression after Karen’s murder.
Tragedy struck yet again in 1980, when two of his half brothers, Stephen and Billy Grammer, died while scuba diving off the coast of St Thomas. Stephen suffered an embolism after surfacing too quickly, but Billy’s fate remains unknown – rescue teams believe he was eaten by sharks.
Despite his big break with Cheers in 1984, Grammer continued to abuse drugs and alcohol and was arrested three times between 1988 and 1992 for drink driving and cocaine possession, and was once sentenced to 30 days in jail.
Grammer pictured in 2019 attending the afterparty for the Man of La Mancha press night
Grammer has been married four times and has seven children three women. He wed dancer Doreen Alderman in 1982 and they had one daughter called Spencer, 35, a year later – however their marriage ended in divorce in 1990.
Two years later Grammer had a second daughter, Kandace, following a one-night-stand with a make-up artist. He married former exotic dancer Leigh-Anne Csuhany in 1992 – but their marriage only lasted a year, with Grammer claiming she used to spit in his face and once threatened to kill him.
They split when Csuhany was three months pregnant, which allegedly prompted her to try to take her own life, resulting in a miscarriage of their baby.
Grammer married model and dancer Camille Donatacci in 1997, a year after meeting her. Pictured with their children in July 2008
In 1995 Grammer was accused of raping his child’s babysitter, who was 15, but the case never made it to trial as the grand jury decided not to indict him.
The following year Grammer checked himself into the Betty Ford Center to finally deal with his drink and drug addicted, and he went on to marry model and dancer Camille Donatacci in 1997, a year after meeting her.
The couple lived in a lavish Malibu mansion and had two children, daughter Mason, 16, and son Jude, 13. They divorced in 2011 and a number of public spats ensued.
On Conan O’Brien’s chat show in 2012, Grammer claimed they ‘hadn’t had sex in a decade’ before their split. He also claimed he was behind her landing a role in Real Housewives of Beverley Hills, and called it his ‘parting gift’ to her. He told Piers Morgan: ‘It was my way of saying, “Look, you always wanted to be famous. Here you go”.’
Meanwhile Camille made public allegations that her ex was a cross-dresser and that they ‘just didn’t mesh sexually.’ Still bitter, she tweeted in June 2018 that Grammer ‘acts like I never existed’.
Handsome: The former Frasier star cut an incredibly dapper figure as he cosied up to his other half for the exciting evening in London
While still married to Camille, Grammer became involved with British flight attendant Kayte Walsh, after meeting her on a flight from LA to London. It was reportedly love at first sight and Grammer convinced her into going on a date. Weeks after his and Camille’s divorce was finalised in 2011, he wed Walsh, with whom he now shares his fifth, sixth and seventh children – Faith, six, Kelsey, four, and Auden, two. He also has a daughter with ex-girlfriend Barrie Buckner called Greer, 27.
Grammer never signed a prenuptial agreement with Camille, and she stood to make a fortune – $30 million – in the settlement. Camille said the second season of Real Housewives was horrible because Grammer left her for Katye while she was filming.
To ensure he doesn’t stray, Walsh admitted in 2018 that she convinced her husband to get his name tattooed on his crotch so that, as he put it: ‘If ever, I maybe thought a peccadillo outside the marriage was a good idea, that whoever might be… you know… would read that this particular piece of equipment was already signed.’
Daphne Moon, who later becomes Daphne Crane, played by Jane Leeves
English rose: The premise for the show paved the way for Frasier to hire British Daphne Moon [Jane Leeves], a physical therapist-cum-housekeeper, whom Frasier’s brother Niles [David Hyde Pierce] became obsessed with
Jane Leeves joined the cast of Frasier from the beginning and played Mancunian physiotherapist and live-in house keeper Daphne Moon, hired by Frasier to help his father Martin.
Niles becomes obsessed with Daphne and the series followed their slow-burning love affair, which culminated in them getting married.
Jane Leeves has remained in the entertainment sphere since the end of Frasier. Between 2010 and 2015 she played Joy Scroggs in the TV Land Comedy, Hot in Cleveland. The series ended in 2015 after six seasons and 128 episodes.
Jane Leeves has remained in the entertainment sphere since the end of Frasier. Pictured: Jane Leeves in Frasier (left) and in 2020 (right
The English-born actress is currently starring in medical drama The Resident playing orthapaedic surgeon Kit Voss.
Leeves revealed last week that she had no plans to depart if there was a Frasier revival.
‘I have no idea, but I won’t be leaving The Resident to do that if it happens,’ Leeves told Entertainment Weekly when asked on Wednesday if the Frasier revival will happen. ‘There’s a lot of pieces that have to come together to make [the revival] happen.’
Leeves married her husband Marshall Coben, a TV executive, on 21 December 1996 and they have a daughter Isabella and son Finn.
Her first pregnancy with Isabella was written into the Frasier plot as a weight-gaining problem for her character caused by stressed over her relationship with the character Niles.
In a sign of how strong her relationship is with her Frasier co-stars, Peri Gilpin was present at Isabella’s birth and is her godmother. The pair of friends live next door to each other in Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, David Hyde Pierce and the late John Mahoney are Finn’s godfathers.
Niles Crane, played by David Hyde Pierce
David Hyde Pierce starred as Niles Crane, Frasier’s brother in the sitcom (left). Since Frasier ended, Pierce (right) has gone on to have an illustrious career in the entertainment industry and has spent a lot of time acting on stage
David Hyde Pierce starred as Niles Crane, Frasier’s brother. The pair have a long-term rivalry and their relationship provides much of the comedy of the show.
Since Frasier ended, Pierce has gone on to have an illustrious career in the entertainment industry and has spent a lot of time acting on stage.
He starred in the stage production of Spamalot and in 2006, he played Lieutenant Frank Cioffi in the musical Curtains.
A year later, Curtains opened on Broadway and he won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance.
From 2014 to 2015 Pierce appeared in CBS’s The Good Wife as Frank Prady. He later starred in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp on Netflix.
In 2017, he also appeared in the limited docudrama When We Rise about LGBT rights.
Pierce came out as gay in 2007 and married his long-time partner Brian Hargrove in 2008. He is a godparent to Jane Leeves’ son Finn.
Roz Doyle, played by Peri Gilpin
Peri Gilpin starred as Roz Doyle (left) in Frasier and was the producer of Frasier’s radio show. After the show ended, Gipin (pictured right in 2019 appeared on the ABC Family drama Make It or Break it.
Peri Gilpin starred as Roz Doyle in Frasier and was the producer of his radio show.
After the show ended, Gipin appeared on the ABC Family drama Make It or Break it.
For her role, Gilpin received the highly commended Gracie Award in the category of ‘Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama Series’.
Gilpin and her co-star Leeves, who are great friends, ran a production company together after Frasier ended.
They even had a project involving an American remake of the British comedy sitcom The Vicar of Dibley with Kirstie Alley in a starring role.
Gilpin has also appeared in the TV series Medium and Desperate Housewives and has has also appeared on Law and Order: Criminal Intent.
Her most recent film role was 2019’s Benjamin.
Martin Crane, played by John Mahoney
The sitcom co-starred John Mahoney as Frasier’s father Martin, who passed away aged 77 in 2018, following a four-year throat cancer battle. Pictured: Mahoney in 2001 (left) and Mohoney playing Martin in Frasier
The sitcom co-starred John Mahoney as Frasier’s father Martin, who passed away aged 77 in 2018, following a four-year throat cancer battle.
In 2000, Mahoney was awarded a SAG Award for his work on the show, and was also nominated for two Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes.
Besides starring in the hugely popular sitcom, John also had a lucrative film career, with roles in productions including The American President, Say Anything… and Eight Men Out.
Most recently, John had a recurring role in TV Land’s Hot In Cleveland, where he appeared as Roy in six episodes between 2011 and 2014.