Kelsey Grammer on his ‘love’ for America, which Founding Father he’d like to play on Broadway
Kelsey Grammer may be best known as the charmingly quirky Uncle Phil of Seinfield. But here, it’s his love for the United States and its people that will warm your heart.
It’s hard to believe Kelsey Grammer, the star of Seinfeld and The League, is only 59. He’s had a successful career that has taken him from the streets of Los Angeles to the world’s biggest stages, from TV to the big screen (he recently appeared on CBS’s The Good Wife). The first time we met, back in 2007, he was in the middle of a production of Romeo & Juliet that was ending a day early after only two days of rehearsals. His voice still had the unmistakable cadence of a man about to give a performance on Broadway.
We’ve been talking recently about movies and Hollywood, about his career and his current love for America, of which Grammer admits he has grown a “great love for our country.” For now, that’s just the story we’ll share on this episode of the Outsider.
You’ve said that you’ve always loved America, even before you starred in your version of the American musical Uncle Tom’s Cabin. What sparked your love for America as a boy?
I was born in Los Angeles, the fifth child of a family that had a lot of immigration ties, so I grew up with this idea of America is to protect everyone equal. It was a very strong concept. My parents were very patriotic, and they weren’t really political people. They had no idea what really happened behind the scenes. A lot of times, I think they really didn’t know what was going on because they didn’t talk about politics.
But what I can remember about the idea of being a very strong person that loves America was being in the military in Japan for five years. I got to see the American way of life and how we respect our country. We have a lot of love and respect for our country. We don