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Kelsey Grammer
to run for office

Kelsey Grammer, star of the hit TV show “Frasier,” says he would like to run for political office some day – including, perhaps, the U.S. Senate in the state of California.

Kelsey Grammer ( photo: Hollywood.com)

Grammer made the announcement for the first time tonight on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity & Colmes.”

Grammer said he is a Republican.

“I would like to rid the country of the idea that it’s the rich against the poor,” he said. “It never has been.”

A three-time Emmy Award winner, Grammer is the first actor in television history to receive multiple Emmy nominations for performing the same role on three series. He received two nominations for his original portrayal of Dr. Frasier Crane on “Cheers,” another for his guest appearance in that role on “Wings,” and eight nominations (earning three awards) as Outstanding Actor for his work on “Frasier.”

Over the years, Dr. Frasier Crane has become one of television’s most endearing and enduring characters. In addition to his Emmys, Grammer has won two Golden Globe Awards, two American Comedy Awards and a People’s Choice Award for his portrait.

Grammer’s distinctive voice has been heard in several hit animated features, including the voice of Stinky Pete in Disney’s hit “Toy Story 2” and a part in “Anastasia.” On television, he has also been seen in several mini-series and movies. In 1996, he hosted an hour-long salute to Jack Benny for which he served as executive producer. He also starred in HBO’s award-winning “The Pentagon Wars.”

Born in St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, Grammer was raised by his mother and grandfather in New Jersey and then Florida. After his grandfather’s death, Grammer was drawn to the works of William Shakespeare and spent two years at the prestigious Julliard School. He then dived into the world of regional theater, eventually making the leap to Broadway with roles in “Macbeth” and “Othello.” He joined the cast of “Cheers” in 1984. His autobiography, “So Far,” was published in fall 1995.