GRAM­MER LES­SON

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Fa­ther­hood, it seems, might just be Kelsey Gram­mer’s forte. You wouldn’t know it from his 20-year run on Cheers and Frasier as Dr. Frasier Crane – where he played bick­er­ing part­ner of ex-wife Lilith and beloved brother of Niles more than fa­ther to Fred­die – or his dra­matic Golden Globe-win­ning turn as a de­men­tia-stricken mayor with an es­tranged daugh­ter on the TV se­ries Boss. In real life, how­ever, the 63-year-old is a parental pro, with seven chil­dren, in­clud­ing three un­der age six, whom he pub­licly dotes over.

And now, star­ring op­po­site Kris­ten Bell in the Net­flix orig­i­nal com­edy Like Fa­ther, Gram­mer’s pa­ter­nal in­stinct fi­nally re­ceives top billing. In the film, Gram­mer, whose white beard and hair bears a pass­ing re­sem­blance to Hem­ing­way – fit­ting, per­haps, given he plays a “papa” – works to re­pair his re­la­tion­ship with his daugh­ter (Bell), a worka­holic bride who’s jilted at the al­tar. Af­ter some cock­tails, daddy and daugh­ter get drunk and find them­selves trav­el­ling to­gether on what would have been Bell’s hon­ey­moon cruise. Fa­mil­ial bond­ing en­sues, though whether Gram­mer’s on­screen par­ent­ing proves as re­ward­ing as his off-screen ex­pe­ri­ence re­mains to be seen.

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