David Cox 10/22/99
A1 Mr. Galvin
Kelsey Grammar: A Reflection of Myself
As we grow older, we find someone to looks up to. Some of us admire celebrities, family, and friends. I admire Kelsey Grammar. I admire Kelsey because of his morals, his acting expertise, some of the obstacles he has overcome, and for the donations he has made to charities.
The main reason is how he has overcome hurtles in life which must have been tough to handle for someone who is so busy. His first problem was revealed to the public in 1997 when people found out about his drinking problem. It was at the 1998 Academy Awards show where I really realized what he had done. In his acceptance speech he said he had fell into a deep dark hole, a place of misery and despair. This though did not stop him, he refused to give up and let the alcohol win over him. He said that he found that his friends and family helped him overcome it, and to this day he has been three years sober. I find this fascinating. Many actors as most people know do all sorts of substance abuse. The fact that he overcame alcoholism means a lot to me. It makes me feel very proud of him.
Another problem was experiencing the death of his sister who was murdered and Kelsey had to face the killer in the courtroom. Finally, Grammar had to go through his best friend loosing his wife just three days after they got married. About a week after her death, his best friend committed suicide.
His morals that he stands for are also important to me. He gives speeches about what it was like to have his life being controlled by a bottle of booze like a hand puppet. From incidents that have happened to him he learns from and shows that no matter how bad it gets, never give up.
The acting he does in movies, TV shows, and Broadway I have found to be truly amazing. He can switch from a completely focused dramatic actor to a comedian in the blink of an eye. The first show he did, ?Cheers? was set in Boston, Massachusetts where his character, Dr. Frasier Crane, was brought in to add to the plot. Originally, he only had a contract for a few shows. This changed as the director and producers saw how talented he was. They gave him a full contract to stay on the show until the end. Unfortunately, this came to an end and Kelsey had no work like many actors.
Then one day he got a phone call and came to talk to one of the producers of the show. He told Kelsey that they had liked his character so much that they wanted to create a new show that would revolve around him and would take place after ?Cheers?. The show became a huge success and to this day had won over eight awards for best writing, best actor, best assisting actor, and many more.
The final reason I admire him is the donations he has given to. He gives to Christopher Reeve Foundation. Kelsey has given over three million dollars to this, which I believe is a truly good cause. This is because when you have the amount of money that he has, it?s good to think about people other than yourself.
Kelsey Grammar is an exemplary person. He is multi-talented actor, comedian, and even singer who has come a long way since ?Cheers?. His past amazes me and his future seems very promising. The benevolence he offers to other people who have none is definitely a plus and that is why I admire Kelsey Grammar.