See the Cast of ‘Frasier’ Then and Now
In 1993, after the success of ‘Cheers,’ NBC launched ‘Frasier,’ a spin-off following the life of psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane, who returns to his hometown of Seattle as a bachelor and finds his life complicated when he has to live with his retired father. It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since this delightful sitcom ended, so join us as we revisit the cast and see what they’re up to these days.
Kelsey Grammer, Frasier Crane
Then: Kelsey Grammer reprised his role from ‘Cheers’ as Dr. Frasier Crane, a psychiatrist who, newly divorced, moves back to his hometown of Seattle where he gets a job as a talk radio host and must take in his retired father.
Now: Since the show ended in 2004, Grammer appeared in ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ as Dr. Hank McCoy/Beast, and in the films ‘Swing Vote’ and ‘Middle Men.’ He also reunited with ‘Cheers’ and ‘Frasier’ co-star Bebe Neuwirth for the 2009 remake of ‘Fame.’ He continues to occasionally pop up on ‘The Simpsons,’ lending his voice to the character of Sideshow Bob, stars in the upcoming series ‘The Partnership.’ He also recently lent his voice to the new animated film ‘Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return,’ and appears in the upcoming films ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ and ‘The Expendables 3.’
David Hyde Pierce, Niles Crane
Then: David Hyde Pierce played Frasier’s younger brother Niles, who is also a psychiatrist, but works in a private practice. Like Frasier, Niles has a taste for finer things, and he harbors a crush on his father’s caretaker, Daphne, but doesn’t confess his feelings until the end of season 7.
Now: Pierce has appeared in the films ‘Wet Hot American Summer,’ ‘Full Frontal,’ and ‘Down with Love,’ and he was the voice of Abe Sapien in Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Hell Boy.’ In addition to film and television, Pierce is also a stage actor, and often performs in theatrical productions, including ‘Spamalot,’ and more recently the 2013 production of ‘The Landing.’ In 2009, he narrated the sci-fi musical western ‘Stingray Sam,’ and in 2010 he starred in the indie thriller ‘The Perfect Host.’ Though he hasn’t been acting much in film or TV these days, he did appear on an episode of ‘Sesame Street’ in 2012.
John Mahoney, Martin Crane
Then: John Mahoney played the role of Frasier and Niles Crane’s father, Martin, a police officer who is forced to retire due to a gunshot wound to his hip, leaving him to live with his eldest son.
Now: Mahoney went on to garner acclaim for his performance on the HBO series ‘In Treatment’ in 2009, had a recurring role on ‘Burn Notice,’ and appeared in the films ‘Dan in Real Life’ and ‘Flipped.’ He’s also reunited with ‘Frasier’ co-stars Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick (who played Martin’s girlfriend and later his wife) for a recurring role on the series ‘Hot in Cleveland.’
Jane Leeves, Daphne Moon
Then: Janes Leeves starred as Daphne Moon, an English physiotherapist hired by Frasier to help take care of his father and the house. She eventually strikes up a relationship with Niles.
Now: Leeves has had recurring guest roles on ‘Misconceptions,’ ‘The Starter Wife,’ and ‘Desperate Housewives,’ and she lent her voice to the film ‘Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties,’ as well as episodes of ‘The Penguins of Madagascar’ and ‘Phineas and Ferb.’ Since 2010, she’s been one of the stars of the TV Land series ‘Hot in Cleveland,’ which is entering its sixth season.
Peri Gilpin, Roz Doyle
Then: Peri Gilpin played Roz Doyle, the producer of Frasier’s radio talk show, and although her attitude contradicts Frasier’s own, the two become very close friends.
Now: Since then, she’s lent her voice to various supporting characters on ‘King of the Hill,’ and voiced the role of Kate Corrigan in the animated movies ‘Hellboy: Sword of Storms’ and ‘Hellboy: Blood and Iron.’ She’s also guest-starred on shows like ‘Desperate Housewives’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ and had a recurring role on ‘CSI.’ More recently, Gilpin has shown up on episodes of ‘Men at Work,’ ‘Modern Family,’ and ‘Drop Dead Diva.’
Dan Butler, Bob “Bulldog” Briscoe
Then: Dan Butler starred as Bob “Bulldog” Briscoe, the super macho and obnoxious host of the sports radio show that airs immediately following Frasier’s program, and is the highest-rated at the station.
Now: Butler also had a recurring role on the series ‘American Dreams’ and lent his voice to the role of Mr. Simmons on the animated series ‘Hey Arnold,’ which ended in 2004. Since then, he’s guest-starred on shows like ‘Malcolm in the Middle,’ ‘Supernatural,’ ‘House,’ and ‘Til Death,’ and had a supporting role in the film ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love.’ His most recent acting credit was a role in a 2012 short film called ‘Pearl.’
Tom McGowan, Kenny Daly
Then: Tom McGowan played Kenny Daly, Frasier’s likable but lowbrow station manager who was once a successful radio DJ himself, and has a habit of firing and re-hiring staff.
Now: McGowan appeared in the films ‘Ghost World,’ ‘Bad Santa,’ and ‘After the Sunset,’ and had recurring roles on ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ and ‘The War at Home.’ He’s also guest-starred on ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ ‘Desperate Housewives,’ ‘Hot in Cleveland,’ and more recently, ‘Modern Family.’ McGowan has been playing the Wonderful Wizard of Oz in various productions of Wicked, both on Broadway and off, since 2009.
Bebe Neuwirth, Lilith Sternin
Then: Bebe Neuwirth occasionally reprised her role from ‘Cheers’ as Lilith Sternin, Frasier’s cold and emotionally distant ex-wife and mother of their son.
Now: Neuwirth has since appeared in the films ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days’ and ‘Le Divorce,’ and reunited with Kelsey Grammer yet again for the 2009 remake of ‘Fame.’ She’s had recurring roles on ‘Law and Order: Trial by Jury,’ ‘Bored to Death,’ and ‘The Good Wife.’ From 2010 to 2011, Neuwirth played the role of Morticia Addams in the Broadway musical production of ‘The Addams Family.’ Recently, Neuwirth had a recurring guest spot on the CBS series ‘Blue Bloods.’