TOY STORY 2
KELSEY GRAMMER (The Prospector) leaves no prospects unturned as he mines this
rich part for all its worth. On the surface, this wise and kindly old fellow,
who's also known as Stinky Pete, seems to have everyone's best interests at
heart but things aren't always what they appear to be. Dig a bit deeper and
you'll find a master manipulator with an agenda all his own.
Grammer notes, "My character has never been out of his box, which
explains a lot about his personality. He's a very valuable toy as long as he's
part of a complete set and his goal is to ensure that it stays that way once
Woody arrives. In fact, he lives up to his name of Stinky Pete by doing some
rather stinky things. I saw him as being like an old character actor who got
pigeonholed and stuck in the same role. Physically, the character doesn't
resemble me at all. He is considerably shorter, wider and certainly older than
A three-time Emmy winner, Grammer is the first actor in television history to
receive multiple Emmy nominations for his performance in the same role on three
series. He received two nominations for his original portrayal of Dr. Frasier
Crane on "Cheers," another for his guest appearance in the role on
"Wings" and six nominations which earned him three awards as
Outstanding Actor for his work on "Frasier."
The actor was born on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and raised by his
mother and grandparents in New Jersey, and then in Florida. At an early age,
Grammer was drawn to the works of William Shakespeare, which fostered his love
of the English language. His first acting performance was in a high school
production of "The Little Foxes," and with the encouragement of his
English and drama teachers, he decided to pursue acting as a career. After two
years at Juilliard, he was hired at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, where he
spent three years performing in classic works by Shakespeare and George Bernard
He later performed in regional theatres across the United States before
appearing in the off-Broadway productions of "Plenty," "Sunday in
the Park with George," "A Month in the Country" and "Quartermaine's
Terms." His Broadway credits include "Macbeth" and
"Othello," and he performed the title roles of Richard II at the Mark
Taper Forum and "Sweeney Todd" at the Ahmanson both in Los Angeles.
Grammer's television credits include roles on the daytime dramas
"Another World," "One Life to Live" and "Guiding
Light." He also made a guest appearance in the premier episode of
"Kate and Allie" and had parts in the miniseries "Kennedy and
George Washington" and in the NBC movies "London Suite,"
"Dance 'til Dawn," "Beyond Suspicion" and "The
Innocent." He also hosted an hour-long salute to Jack Benny for NBC. More
recently, he hosted the 1998 Grammy Awards and starred in the cable television
movie "Pentagon Wars."
Grammer, who joined "Cheers" in 1984, has received a Golden Globe
Award, an American Comedy Award and a People's Choice Award in addition to his
His autobiography So Far was published in the fall of 1995.
The actor resides in the Los Angeles area with his wife Camille.
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