A man al­ways un­der scru­tiny

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Cover Story - DAR­REN DEV­LYN

He’s the Boss: Kelsey Gram­mer.

KELSEY Gram­mer is per­fectly cast as Boss’s Tom Kane — a man who must carry on with life in the face of enor­mous tur­moil.

Gram­mer’s fa­ther was mur­dered on the fam­ily’s front lawn when he was 13. When he was 20, his younger sis­ter was raped and mur­dered in Colorado Springs. Gram­mer tried to deal with the trauma with al­co­hol binges.

Though he had spent al­most all his early years liv­ing with his mother and wasn’t close to his fa­ther, he says he was shaken pro­foundly by his fa­ther’s murder.

‘‘ This el­e­ment of your his­tory, your cul­ture, dis­ap­pears. I re­mem­ber her (mum) telling me what hap­pened,’’ he says.

‘‘ We were driv­ing home from school and she just broke down, un­con­trol­lably.’’

More re­cently, Gram­mer has been in the spot­light not just for his out­stand­ing per­for­mance in drama se­ries Boss, but for events in his love life.

He and fourth wife Kayte had to en­dure ex-wife Camille’s use of her role in re­al­ity se­ries Real Housewives Of Beverley Hills to diss him.

‘‘ We go through a lot of scru­tiny and Kayte has been in­tro­duced to that,’’ Gram­mer said when he was in Aus­tralia last year.

‘‘ It takes some ad­just­ing. I mostly ig­nore it and don’t spend a lot of time wor­ry­ing about it.’’

Gram­mer re­cently made a tri­umphant re­turn to TV as Tom Kane, a Chicago mayor with a dev­as­tat­ing se­cret.

So loud was the buzz around Boss that the Starz net­work in the US com­mis­sioned a sec­ond sea­son be­fore the first had been to air.

There was early con­jec­ture about Gram­mer’s suit­abil­ity for the part.

‘‘ It’s def­i­nitely a de­par­ture for me,’’ he says.‘‘A dif­fer­ent kind of char­ac­ter but one that I’m, well, prob­a­bly qual­i­fied to play.’’ Boss, SoHo, tonight, 9.30pm

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