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The Truth Behind Wild Kelsey Grammer’s Rise To Fame

May 31 2017, Published 3:27 p.m. ET

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Kelsey Grammer shot from small-time theater gigs to TV superstardom in the ’80s,

thanks to a six-show role as blowhard psychiatrist Frasier Crane on sitcom smash Cheers.

That short engagement morphed into a two decade laugh-filled run.

While this 1991 snap catches Grammer’s pompous shrink in grim shape,

the classically-trained actor was all smiles in 1993 after Frasier was spunoff into a hit show.

Off-screen, the actor has struggled with booze and drugs —

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including a ’90s arrest for drunk driving and cocaine possession.

Since marrying wife number four, the 25-years-younger Kayte Walsh, he’s mostly stayed out of trouble —

unless you count becoming a father for the seventh time at age 62!

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