Emmy-winning actor Kelsey Grammer is a household name, thanks to his role as Dr. Frasier Crane on hit shows Cheers and Frasier as well as major roles in countless movies. Off-screen, however, he has some political views that are pretty unusual for Hollywood.
In the past, he has kept these views fairly quiet, so a lot of people who watched his performances in films like X-Men: The Last Stand may not have had have a clue about them. In 2015, though, his wife posted a picture to Instagram that showed him in a very controversial T-shirt – and one which left little doubt as to his ideological leanings on one hot-button issue.
Kelsey Grammer may have had an extremely successful acting career, but his life has been marred by tragedy ever since he was a child. Heartbreakingly, he lost both his estranged father and his 18-year-old sister to separate murders – both violent and terrible ones – as well as two half-brothers, to a scuba-diving accident. The actor himself has spoken of the immense psychological impact these events have had on him.
And Grammer turned to substance abuse as a way of coping with his losses. In particular, through the late ’80s and into the ’90s, while he was working on Frasier and then Cheers, he suffered from alcoholism and drug addiction. These afflictions affected him so badly, moreover, that his behavior set back run-throughs and filming times on set. Nevertheless, some of his co-workers were amazed at how he was able to metamorphose from below-par to dazzling as soon as the cameras started rolling.