Back in the 90s, the cast of Frasier played a huge part in the lives of viewers across the country. With their funny, quirky adventures in love and life, the crew of characters made us feel right at home. While this Cheers spinoff is definitely one of our favorite 90s sitcoms, the show ran more than a decade and brought us into the new millennium, from 1993 to 2004. Almost 20 years later, it their antics still make us smile to this day. Luckily for fans, 2004 wasn’t the end of Frasier Crane and his family. On Thursday, Oct. 12, the first two episodes of a 10-episode reboot will air on Paramount+. Here’s to a new generation of Frasier fans, and a look at the Frasier cast then and now!
(Click through to see the ‘Cheers’ cast then and now!)
What is Frasier about?
As you might recall, Frasier told the story of Boston therapist Dr. Frasier Crane, who moves across the country to get a fresh start in the wake of his divorce. Played by Kelsey Grammar, Frasier hosts a radio talk show designed to give advice to people who need it — all while struggling with his own host of problems. Luckily for him (and us viewers), a few loyal friends and family members stood by his side throughout the series, providing us with near constant laughs. With a memorable cast of characters including Frasier’s father, Martin, his co-worker, Roz, his father’s caretaker, Daphne Moon, Frasier’s ex-wife, Lilith, and of course, who could forget his eccentric brother, Niles.
Frasier cast then and now
While many of these talented actors and actresses are still acting today, they have most certainly changed over the last 30 years! Here, take a walk down memory lane with a look at the dynamic Frasier cast, then and now!
Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Crane
After Frasier, Kelsey Grammer continued to have a successful acting career, doing work in shows like 30 Rock, Boss, Partners and Modern Family. The 68-year-old six-time Emmy winner has even written a book titled So Far…, released in 1995. Today, we anticipate Kelsey Grammer’s long awaited return to the Frasier reboot, airing on October 12.
John Mahoney as Martin Crane
Mahoney is an actor who didn’t get his start on the screen until much later in his life. He moved from Manchester, England to the United States at the age of 18 where he would eventually join the US Army. In 1977, at almost 40 years old, Mahoney began acting classes at the St. Nicholas Theater and eventually joined Second City’s Steppenwolf Theatre. His work as an accomplished stage actor eventually led him to Frasier, where he played one of the most beloved characters in the show. Sadly, he passed away in 2018 at 77-years-old.
When talking about the Frasier reboot with PEOPLE, Kelsey Grammer said, “I’m really very excited about it, and we’ll certainly always honor the past. We have to honor the fact that John Mahoney died and that Martin is no longer with us. We’ll be dealing with that for sure.“
David Hyde Pierce as Niles Crane
David Hyde Pierce also had success as an actor following his work on Frasier as Niles Crane. The 64-year-old actor followed up Frasier with roles on shows like The Good Wife, and most recently, HBO’s Julia. A lot of his work post-Frasier took place on the stage, even starring alongside Bette Midler at one point in Hello Dolly!
Jane Leeves as Daphne Moon
Jane Leeves played the role of Daphne Moon, the caretaker to Frasier’s father. After her beloved role, which earned her both Golden Globe and Emmy nominations, she went on to star in series such as Hot in Cleveland, and has even done voice work in shows including Phineas and Ferb and The Simpsons.
Peri Gilpin as Roz Doyle
Peri Gilpin played the beloved Roz Doyle on Frasier, the producer of his radio show. After Frasier, she appeared in shows such as Make It or Break It, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Mr. Robinson, Scorpion and more.
In a 2010 interview with Ability Magazine, she spoke about her relationship with her cast members after the show’s ending: “I still see everyone from that show today. Jane Leeves lives two doors down from me, her child is my goddaughter, and my kids are her goddaughters and my kids are in kindergarten with her son, who I love. She’s a dear, dear friend. I just emailed David [Hyde-Pierce] yesterday, I think. Kelsey [Grammer] is a great friend. No one in my world has the same job for 11 years, so what we had together is very rare. And once you’ve been through that together, you’re family.”
Bebe Neuwirth as Lilith
Neuwirth’s role as Lilith also spanned across both Cheers and Frasier. The 64-year-old New Jersey native was actually a dancer prior to her role on the hit sitcoms. After her time as Lilith concluded, she went on to act in Law & Order: Trial by Jury, The Good Wife, Madam Secretary, Blue Bloods, and most recently, Julia. Lucky for us, she will appear in the Frasier reboot!
What do we know about the Frasier reboot?
The Frasier reboot consists of 10 episodes in total and will premiere on Paramount+. Only the first two episodes will drop on October 12, with new episodes being released every Thursday. On October 17, CBS will be airing the first two episodes of the reboot at 9:15 p.m. ET/PT.
In the new installment of the series, Frasier returns back to his Boston roots, and viewers will be introduced to a whole new crew to love. While Kelsey Grammer will be reprising his role as Frasier, there a few other familiar faces we can expect to see. Peri Gilpin will be back as Roz Doyle and Bebe Neuwirth will return as Lilith.
“In a very funny way, it just took us to a new place, which was what we originally wanted to do anyway, which was a Fraser third act,” Grammer explained to PEOPLE in 2022. “It’s an entirely new life for him.”
Tune in on October 12th for a new generation of this beloved series!
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