A man always under scrutiny
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