Kelsey Grammer has made audiences laugh as radio psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane for 20 years in both Cheers and Frasier, but off-camera, the 62 -year-old actor has endured several tragedies.
The sitcom star first suffered heartache at age 13 when his father was killed during a home invasion. Then a few years later, his younger sister Karen was raped and murdered when she was 18. Grammer was the one who initially reported her missing. Then his two half-brothers, Stephen and Billy, succumbed in a scuba-diving accident in the Virgin Islands.
Grammer relied on alcohol and drugs to cope and eventually served prison time for drunk-driving violations in 1990 before discovering sobriety in rehab.
I just set[ that ache] where it is: in the past, told Grammer to UKs i News. But its a pain that you can always stumble into again its with you 24/7, particularly in the case of tragic death, and there have been a few of those. Its simply part of life. Perhaps I learned a little earlier than most, but its just the way it goes.
However, Grammers misfortunes didnt end there. After three failed matrimonies, he found love with British former flight attendant Kayte Walsh, but after he survived a heart attack in 2008, she suffered several miscarriages.
Kayte and I had a couple of miscarriages before we had our first child, he acknowledged. That was devastating. These things are hard. But when its good, its magnificent.
But these days, Grammer is in a better place. Thanks to his matrimonies, he is a proud father of 7: 33 -year-old Spencer, 25 -year-old Greer, 15 -year-old Mason, 12 -year-old Jude, 5-year-old Faith, 2-year-old Kelsey Jr ., and 8-month-old Auden.
It takes me a while to figure things out, he said on his former relationships. I usually have to repeat a lesson or two maybe three times! I survived my previous relationships just in time to land in a place where I could be in a relationship with a terrific person.
Grammer is also starring in The Last Tycoon, a series based on F. Scott Fitzgeralds unfinished novel, opposite Lily Collins. He also relies on faith to keep him motivated as a successful actor in Hollywood.
As a Christian, we always fail because we cant become Christ, he said. But I can try to at the least imitate the best qualities, even if I may fall short.
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