See the Cast of 'Frasier' Then and Now
In February 2023, actor Kelsey Grammer announced that there is officially a Frasier reboot in the works. As he explained, the series will kick off with Frasier Crane returning to Boston, Massachusetts, where his ex-wife and their son still live.
Grammer told Entertainment Tonight that Frasier Crane's son is his primary motivation for making the move. "He's going back to Boston because his son lives there," he said. He also added that the show will honor the late John Mahoney, who played Frasier's father, Martin Crane, and passed away in 2018.
"You'll see things about John all through the show," Grammar said. "I think people will be very happy to see that he's honored in the way he is in the show ... And it's all about love. It's all about looking for love, becoming a good father."
Despite the popularity of the original series, a few key core cast members have already indicated that they do not plan to return for the reboot, including David Hyde Pierce, who played Fraiser's brother, Niles Crane; Jane Leeves, who played medical aide Daphne Moon; and Peri Gilpin, who starred as Frasier's producer Roz Doyle.
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Grammer told People that Hyde Pierce simply was not interested in reprising the role. "David basically decided he wasn’t really interested in repeating the performance of Niles," he said. "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 Frasier third act. It’s an entirely new life for him."
The Frasier reboot is slated to begin streaming on Paramount+ sometime in 2023. Here is what the original cast of the series has been up to since the show ended.
See the Frasier cast then and now
Kelsey Grammer (Feb. 21, 1955-)
For several years Grammer was synonymous with Frasier Crane, beloved radio psychologist and overall snob. In the decades that followed the end of the show, Grammer proved over and over again that his range as an actor is enormous and unique.
He's returned to TV by way of Modern Family and 30 Rock, and has been featured as either an actor or a voice actor in a number of movies, including Toy Story 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Transformers: The Age of Extinction.
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Jane Leeves (April 18, 1961-)
Leeves charmed audiences as housekeeper and medical aide Daphne Moon, who put up with more than her fair share of drama from the Crane men and ultimately fell in love with Frasier's brother, Niles.
Leeves joined the cast of The Resident in 2018, and has stated that she is so loyal to the show that she would not revisit Frasier if it meant she had to leave. As she told Entertainment Weekly in 2021 of a potential Frasier reboot, "I have no idea, but I won't be leaving The Resident to do that if it happens. There's a lot of pieces that have to come together to make [the revival] happen."
David Hyde Pierce (April 3, 1959-)
If there was anyone more annoying (at times) than Frasier Crane, it had to be his brother Niles. Masterfully played by Hyde Pierce, the actor had no problem getting plenty of work following the end of the series.
Instead of sticking to television and film, Hyde Pierce returned to the stage, where he's had roles in a number of Broadway productions, including a revival of Hello Dolly! with Bette Midler.
Plus, he's a gem as Julia Child's supportive husband in Julia, HBO's look at the iconic chef.
John Mahoney (June 20, 1940-Feb. 4, 2018)
Mahoney starred as Martin Crane, the father of Niles and Frasier, who could not have been more different than his sons. In the years following the show, Mahoney picked up roles on Burn Notice and Hot in Cleveland, and his last role was on Foyle's War in 2015.
Mahoney died from throat cancer in 2018. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel commented on his death and celebrated the life of one of the city's more famous residents. "John Mahoney was a fixture on the Chicago stage for over 30 years through countless award-winning performances," Emanuel said.
"Even as his fame grew through his fantastic work in movies and television, John stayed connected to his artistic home here in Chicago in theaters and as a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Though he will be missed, his work and impact will endure for generations to come."
Peri Gilpin (May 27, 1961-)
Gilpin was hilarious as Roz Doyle, the producer on Frasier Crane's radio show. Never shy about butting in with a correction or her own thoughts, Gilpin often had viewers in stitches with her dry sense of humor.
Gilpin has steadily worked in television ever since the show ended, earning roles on Desperate Housewives and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
Bebe Neuwirth (December 31, 1958-)
Neuwirth portrayed Lilith, the ex-wife of Frasier Crane and mother of the pair's son, Freddy, and she is the first past cast-member who is confirmed to return for the upcoming series.
Since wrapping the original Frasier, Neuwirth has enjoyed roles on HBO Max's Julia and on The Good Fight.