TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION
KELSEY GRAMMER (Harold Attinger) has excelled at the highest
level in theatre, television and film as an actor, producer, and director.
An initial role as Dr. Frasier Crane on "Cheers" developed into the
cornerstone of the Juilliard-trained actor's career. Grammer played the
celebrated character in three different television series ("Cheers," "Wings" and
"Frasier") over a span of 20 years, tying the record for longest-running
Portraying Crane, Grammer has won five Emmys, two Golden Globes and a SAG
Award and has received an unparalleled 16 Emmy nominations, eight Golden Globe
nominations, and 16 SAG nominations.
Grammer most recently lent his voice to the iconic Tin Man in "Legends of Oz:
Dorothy's Return," which was nominated for Best Feature at the 2013 Annecy
International Animated Film Festival. Additionally, he recently starred in and
was executive producer of Starz drama "Boss," for which he was honored with the
2012 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of
Mayor Tom Kane.
Grammer's upcoming projects include: "Think Like a Man Too," Lionsgate's "The
Expendables 3," New Redemption Pictures' "Reach Me," and the highly anticipated
fourth installment of the "Transformers" film series, "Transformers: Age of
Grammer starred in "La Cage aux Folles" on Broadway in 2010 for which
he received rave reviews as nightclub owner Georges. His performance earned him
a Tony nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.
Grammer created Grammnet NH Productions, a TV production company which has
produced such hit television shows as the Emmy-winning "Medium," for NBC, and
"The Game" and "Girlfriends," for CW. Other Grammnet producing credits include
the NBC productions "The Innocent," "Kelsey Grammer Salutes Jack Benny," "Fired
Up," "In Laws" and "Gary the Rat." For PAX, he produced "World Cup Comedy." For
FOX, he starred in and produced "Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show."
Grammer has directed single episodes of "Everybody Hates Chris," "My Ex Life"
and "Out of Practice." He has also directed several episodes of "Frasier," one
of which earned him a DGA nomination.
Grammer also starred and served as executive producer of the ABC comedy
Also accomplished as a voice-over artist, Grammer plays the character
Sideshow Bob on "The Simpsons," for which he won an Emmy in 2006. He has also
lent his voice to the feature films "Toy Story 2," "Anastasia" and "Teacher's
Pet," to the television series "Father of the Pride" and "Gary the Rat," and to
the Emmy-nominated "Animal Farm" for TNT. He also stars as the Tin Man in the
upcoming "Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return."
Grammer's other acting credits include The Weinstein Company's "I Don't Know How
She Does It," MGM's remake of "Fame," Paramount Pictures' "Middle Men," Vivendi
Universal's "An American Carol," Disney's "Swing Vote," FOX's blockbuster hit
"X-Men: The Last Stand," FOX's "Back To You" in which he also served as
executive producer, "A Christmas Carol" for NBC, "Benedict Arnold" for A&E, "Mr.
St. Nick" for ABC's Hallmark Hall of Fame, "Fifteen Minutes" for New Line
Cinema, "Down Periscope" for 20th Century Fox and "Even Money" for Yari Film
Grammer began acting in plays at Pine Crest Preparatory School in Fort
Lauderdale, where his teenage stage success inspired him to apply to Juilliard.
He developed an interest in Shakespeare and began his professional acting
career at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. He continued in regional theatre,
and finally made his way to New York with roles in the off-Broadway
productions "Sunday in the Park with George," "A Month in the Country" and the
Obie Award-winning "Quartermaine's Terms." He scored on Broadway in "Macbeth"
Before long he appeared in two TV miniseries: first as Stephen Smith in
"Kennedy" (NBC, 1983), and next as Lieutenant Stewart in "George Washington"
(CBS, 1984). Grammer then landed the role of Dr. Frasier Crane in "Cheers."
Originally, the show's creators wanted John Lithgow for a brief recurring role,
but the actor was unavailable. Grammer's former Juilliard classmate Mandy
Patinkin suggested him to the New York casting director and he got the job,
parlaying six episodes into a career that would span two decades, after which he
would return to the stage and receive critical acclaim as Professor Higgins in
"My Fair Lady." He also performed the title role in "Richard II" and Lucio in
"Measure for Measure" at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
Grammer was born at St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and was raised in
New Jersey and Florida. He lives in the Los Angeles area and New York.
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