Actors’ Spotlight #43: Kelsey Grammer

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Allen Kelsey Grammer (born February 21, 1955) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, producer, director, writer, singer and activist.

Grammer is known for his two-decade portrayal of psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane on the NBC sitcoms Cheers and Frasier. He has won five Primetime Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and one Tony Award, and has also worked as a television producer, director, writer, and as a voice actor on The Simpsons as Sideshow Bob (for which he received his fifth Primetime Emmy). Grammer has been married four times and has seven children.

Kelsey Grammer is one of those great actors who spent numerous decades creating two legendary television characters but when it comes to his film works, Hollywood hasn’t really used him to his full potential, he’s done some good movies over the years but he’s also done more than his fair share of bad films as well.

This week, let’s start with the good:

5. Down Periscope

Kind of an underrated comedy from 1996 and directed by the same guy who did Major League, it was actually a really funny comedy that was actually a better navy comedy than the actual McHale’s Navy movie that came out a year later.

4. X-Men: The Last Stand & X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Easily the best part about The Last Stand, Grammer as Beast was great in this and was one of the few highlights of the film, I wish they would’ve used him more.

3. Teacher’s Pet

Just talked about this not too long ago, this was a really solid animated feature film from Disney that nobody really talks about, a really solid voice cast, great animation, great comedy, great music, it’s a really solid overlooked film.

2. A Christmas Carol: The Musical

Grammer is good here as Scrooge but I think he’s actually the weakest part of the movie. He’s not really ranging himself like we’ve seen him do in other movies and shows but he’s not that bad, he’s just not as great as he should be. But his singing is nicely done, he’s a really good singer and that’s the best thing about him in this movie is that he’s a very good singer and he does sing well here.

and the #1 Kelsey Grammer movie is…

Toy Story 2

One of the best animated sequels and animated movies of all time with a solid antagonist role by Grammer as Stinky Pete.

Those are the good ones, now let’s look at the worst Kelsey Grammer movies:

5. Think Like A Man Too

A really lackluster sequel that fails to compare to the original movie.

4. I Don’t Know How She Does It

Another waste of a really solid cast in a badly written comedy that is as bland and predictable as you’d expect it to be.

3. Swing Vote

A comedy that could’ve worked with the all-star cast involved but just falls apart with a terrible story, having trouble deciding what it wants to be, a comedy or a drama, and the biggest fuck you ending you could possibly end it on.

2. Legends Of Oz: Dorothy’s Return

My god, this is a generic mess heap of a movie, the CG animation looks terrible, the script is pretty bad, the comedy is the worst, it’s bad CG animation that would make The Nut Job blush..and yet, Norm Of The North is still worse than this.

and the #1 worst Kelsey Grammer movie is…

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

How the hell does a man with an acting range of Kelsey Grammer’s star in a Transformers sequel of all things? And guess what, like with most of these sequels, Michael Bay wastes his talents, he is given absolutely nothing to do here and it’s a shame, at least somebody like Grammer could very well make something of interest here work but nope, the movie just wastes him just like all these Transformers movies do.

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