Dr. Frasier Winslow Crane, M.D., Ph.D., A.P.A. is a fictional character on the American television sitcoms Frasier and Cheers. He was played by Kelsey Grammer for 20 years, tying the record for the longest-running character on prime-time American television, which was set by James Arness, who played Marshal Matt Dillon on the show Gunsmoke. Grammer received Emmy Award nominations for portraying Crane on three different NBC shows, including a 1992 guest appearance on Wings. He made 203 appearances on Cheers, all 264 episode appearances on his spin off show Frasier and 1 episode in Wings.
Many of the details of his early life are introduced and elaborated on in the Cheers spinoff, Frasier.
It is established in Frasier that Frasier Winslow Crane was born in Seattle to Hester Rose Crane (née Palmer), a psychiatrist, and Martin Crane (John Mahoney), a police detective. The Crane family background is Russian,British German,and French.