Grammer honored for career achievement at Hugos
By Betty Mohr firstname.lastname@example.org April 20, 2012 6:30PM
ABOUT THE HUGO TELEVISION AWARDS
One of the most prolific and influential elements in the lives of millions, television has long been a fixture of the American experience.
Now in its 48th year, the Hugo Television Awards have honored the most innovative and outstanding members of the TV community.
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Updated: April 20, 2012 8:31PM
Kelsey Grammer was honored at the 48th Hugo Television Awards at the Radisson Blue Aqua Hotel Chicago on April 19.
Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival presented the event, which included an awards presentation hosted by Lansing resident Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini, of ABC-TV (Channel 7)’s “Windy City Live.”
Grammer, who is known for his TV portrayal of Dr. Frasier Crane for two decades — first on “Cheers” and later on “Frasier,” is shooting his second season of “Boss” for the Starz network.
He was a 2012 Golden Globe award recipient for best performance by an actor in a TV series — drama for his portrayal of Tom Kane, the fictional mayor of Chicago, on “Boss.”
John Mahoney, one of Chicago’s most beloved actors, played Martin Crane — the father of the title character on “Frasier” and was at the event to present Grammer with his Hugo, the career achievement award.
“For decades Kelsey Grammer has entertained us. Across genres and media he has proven himself to be a remarkable talent,” said Michael Kutza, founder and artistic director of Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival.
“From the stage to the screen, from behind the camera to our television, Grammer has provided audiences with some of our most beloved, iconic characters. We are thrilled to honor him for his television work at the Hugos.”
In his acceptance of the award, Grammer said “my favorite actor is John Wayne, and that early in my career I learned the valuable lesson that it’s important to love what you do.”
Grammer, who recently filmed scenes for the second season of “Boss” at the former Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet, spoke about how much he enjoyed doing “Boss” and expressed his appreciation for the Hugo Award.
He also said, “I’ve had such great blessings in my life, and I hope to get to do more things that I love.”
During his long career, Grammer has been the recipient of several awards including:
◆ A 2006 Emmy for outstanding voice-over performance for the Fox TV show “The Simpsons” for playing Sideshow Bob in the episode “The Italian Bob.”
◆ Emmys in 2004, 1998, 1995 and 1994 for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for the NBC TV show “Frasier.”
◆ Golden Globes in 2001 and 1996 for best performance by an actor in a TV series — comedy or musical for “Frasier.”
◆ A 2002 People’s Choice Award for favorite male TV performer (tied with Ray Romano from his self-titled TV show).
◆ A 2002 Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series for “Frasier” (shared with Peri Gilpin, Jane Leeves, Mahoney and David Hyde Pierce).
◆ A 2001 star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in television.
◆ A 1994 People’s Choice Award for favorite male performer in a new TV series.
Betty Mohr is a local freelance writer.