Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Kelsey Grammer

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Kelsey Grammer

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First in "Cheers" and then in the successful spinoff "Frasier," actor Kelsey Grammer has become synonymous with the role he played for two decades, Dr. Frasier Crane. The five-time Emmy award- winner's distinctive voice is also heard in commercials and on "The Simpsons" as Side Show Bob. Also on his resume is the comedy "Back to You," about a pair of Pittsburgh news anchors.

Married four times, he and his wife, Kayte Walsh, just welcomed a baby girl in July. He has five children and one grandchild.

The 57-year-old is now starring in the Starz series "Boss," a role that won him a Golden Globe for best actor in a drama series. It airs on Fridays at 9 p.m.

You play Tom Kane, the fictitious mayor of Chicago. Would you have any real desire to get into politics?

My desire to get into the game has always been a kind of wistful remembrance and homage, actually, to my youth. I always thought that someday it would be a good thing to be part of the community and try to help. I found a different way of living and making my living and hopefully providing some good to the world. The idea would be later in life if I want that last chapter, maybe it would be one of service. But it's not honed to a vision yet.

As far as backing a politician, are you going to back Mitt Romney?

Oh, I think he'd make a terrific president. I think he'd be very good at it. He's a clear thinker. He's a kind man, you know, and he makes a lot of sense.

So were you concerned at all about audience reaction to you taking on a dramatic role after playing Frasier for 20 years?

Actually, I thought it would be a wise move because the fans will always want to go with something else. They really have a problem with going with something similar [laughing]. I got mail, almost hate mail, about [the character] Chuck in "Back to You" because he didn't really want children. They would say, "Frasier would never do that." I'd say, "Well, yeah, I'm not playing Frasier, am I?" [laughing]. I thought it was an interesting quandary. I was a little surprised, but you know what? What the hell, I'm willing to be surprised.

Both politicians and celebrities operate under a lot of scrutiny. Do you ever think, is this worth it?

Yeah, sure. You think it all the time but then you realize your work is what you do and the rest is what you get paid for [laughing]. It's neat if you're willing to endure it. It's high- risk pay.

The job is, there's nothing like it because it's what we're good at, you know? You find what you do well, and hopefully you have a chance to do it. If your privacy is a casualty of success, well, you know, it's only sticks and stones.

Has your career been everything you thought it would be?

Ah yeah [laughing], it's gone OK. There's a few things I wish I had done still. I wish I had done Hamlet -- I'm too [expletive] old [laughing]. …

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