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Frasier Winslow Crane, M.D., Ph.D., A.P.A., Ed.D. is a fictional character on the American television sitcoms Cheers and Frasier, portrayed by Kelsey Grammer. Grammer received award recognitions for portraying this character in three different NBC shows, including a one-time appearance on Wings.
The character was written in 1984 as Diane Chambers's love interest, part of the "Sam and Diane" triangle. Intended to appear for only a few episodes, however, Grammer's performance for the role was praised by producers, prompting them to expand his role and to increase his prominence in Cheers. After Cheers ended, the character moved to his spin-off series Frasier, totalling his overall appearance into twenty years.
In Cheers, he is married to Lilith Sternin (Bebe Neuwirth) with their son Frederick in Boston. When Frasier premiered, as learned, he moves back to his birthplace Seattle after his divorce from Lilith, who still retains child custody of Frederick in Boston. There, he reunites with his estranged father Martin and brother Niles, who were created at the time that the concept of the spin-off began. In his final episode, Frasier is last seen in an airplane landing in Chicago.
Appearances in Christmas specials
- "Christmas Cheers"
- "Miracle on Third or Fourth Street"
- "Frasier Grinch"
- "Perspectives on Christmas"
- "Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz"
- "The Fight Before Christmas"
- "Mary Christmas"
- "We Two Kings"
- "High Holidays"