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.