Kelsey Grammer may be noted for his comedy skills, but off screen his life hasn’t been that funny. Quite the opposite, in fact, as the actor has been through more than his fair share of incredible tragedy. And owing to what Grammer has experienced, it’s remarkable that he can still smile at all – let alone raise chuckles in others.

Yet Grammer’s success may have helped temper at least some of the heartbreak. Famously, the star’s role as Dr. Frasier Crane in Cheers and its spin-off Frasier not only made the actor a household name, but it also earned him 11 Primetime Emmy Award nods – including four wins. The part made Grammer rich, too; from 2001 he was being paid $700,000 per episode of Frasier.

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