Movies: The Doctor Is ... Blue

He played the same character for 20 years. Now Kelsey Grammer goes furry, feral and superhuman

Meet Kelsey Grammer: nice guy, big square face, velvety voice, sandy hair going thin in front. He's tall, over 6 ft., with broad shoulders, but strolling around the lobby of a Manhattan hotel, Grammer, 51, looks almost insubstantial. Or less substantial than the ghost that haunts him.

That ghost is Dr. Frasier Crane, the pompous but charming shrink he played on TV for 20 straight years--nine seasons on Cheers, then 11 on Frasier. Frasier was Grammer's lottery ticket, a guest spot that miraculously turned into a high-paying regular gig. But over 20 seasons, any part, no matter how charming, becomes an...

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