Minor characters on Frasier
Besides the main characters Frasier Crane, his father Martin and brother Niles, Daphne Moon, Roz Doyle and a few others, there are several minor characters who regularly appear on the American television sitcom Frasier, or who have important but limited roles.
- 1 Crane men love interests
- 2 Crane family members
- 3 KACL staff and professionals
- 4 Moon family members
- 5 Doyle family members
- 6 Niles and Maris' household staff
- 7 Characters seen on Cheers
- 8 Other characters
- 9 Dr. Frasier Crane Show callers
- 10 References
Crane men love interests
As many of the plots on Frasier surround the romantic entanglements of the Crane men, several women have significant minor roles in the series. The more significant of these are listed below, excluding Daphne Moon:
Sherry Dempsey (Marsha Mason) is a bartender at McGinty's, Martin's favorite bar, and, for a short time, Martin's girlfriend. Sherry is fun-loving, brash, loud and crass, and she and Martin share many interests. Frasier and Niles dislike her, but nevertheless, for the sake of family unity, they attempt to tolerate her, to the point that when the pair split, Frasier attempts to reunite them, despite it being against his own interests. Martin and Sherry eventually break up at a bar when Martin wants to marry, but Sherry (who has had several previous marriages) wants to keep the relationship casual. As father and son watch a basketball game and drink beers at that bar, Martin confides to Frasier that he just couldn't bring himself to propose to Sherry.
Faye Moskowitz (Amy Brenneman) is a former lawyer turned pastry chef who is a love interest to Frasier during the sixth season. While Christmas shopping with Roz, he meets Faye's mother. Thinking Frasier is Jewish because she saw him buying a menorah for his son, Mrs. Moskowitz takes a liking to him and hooks him up with Faye. Despite a decent first date, Faye breaks up with him for a while when she embarks on a planned trip to Paris. By the time Faye returns to Seattle towards the end of the season, Frasier was already dating a KACL marketing manager named Cassandra Stone (played by Virginia Madsen). Almost immediately, Frasier finds himself torn between both women, and although Frasier eventually chooses Faye, he constantly calls her Cassandra by mistake. To cover this, Frasier tells her that Cassandra is his aunt. But when Faye learns the truth, she breaks up with him for good.
Mel Karnofsky Crane
Dr. Melinda "Mel" Karnofsky Crane (Jane Adams) is Maris Crane's plastic surgeon, and for a period, Niles Crane's girlfriend and (briefly) wife. She is fussy, neurotic, and fastidious, much like Niles. Similarly, she's the sort of manipulative, controlling female Niles is attracted to (e.g., Maris). It is heavily implied in her first appearance that she is much older than she appears, probably due to her profession. Mel also has one son, and it is specifically stated she is divorced. It is hinted at that she had her son at a very young age. When Daphne becomes engaged to Donny, Niles and Mel impulsively elope. After Niles runs off with Daphne on the day of her intended wedding to Donny, Mel is humiliated and bitter. She pays Niles back by refusing to grant an immediate divorce; instead, she forces Niles to play along that the two remain happily married, assuring him that after he has done this on several select social occasions she will file for divorce. It quickly becomes apparent that she is deliberately prolonging the process while ensuring the maximum public humiliation for Niles. At a social event held by Frasier, Mel finally pushes Niles to the limit; Niles publicly disowns "this sham of a marriage", and the two are quickly divorced. Mel is humiliated and does not appear again.
Charlotte Connor (Laura Linney) is a matchmaker recently arrived from Chicago and Frasier's final love interest on the series. Frasier initially hires her to set him up with someone following a particularly grim period regarding his romantic prospects, only to find himself falling in love with her. She eventually returns his feelings, but the relationship is forced to end prematurely when Charlotte, having bought back her old business from her ex-husband, moves back to Chicago. Frasier, initially claiming not to have any regrets about letting her go, accepts a high-paying job offer in San Francisco. The series ends with Frasier on a plane, but it is revealed at the last minute that he had chosen love over career as the plane lands in Chicago, where he hopes to reunite with Charlotte.
Ronee Lawrence Crane
Veronica "Ronee" Lawrence Crane (Wendie Malick) is Niles and Frasier's old babysitter, and the first woman to break Frasier's heart (he used to watch her kiss her boyfriend through the balusters). She is also responsible for Niles' compulsive furniture-wiping, as she told him stories when he was a child about earwigs laying eggs on all the furniture, which would hatch, crawl into his ears, and eat his brain.
In 2003 she meets Frasier by chance and soon starts dating Martin (whom she had a crush on as a teenager). They get married the following year, on May 15 (Eddie's birthday), in the show's final episode, Goodnight, Seattle.
She released an album called Mood Swings, and works as a lounge singer and pianist at the Wellington Club. Ronee drives a red 1959 Cadillac Eldorado. Her traditionally minded, prudish mother lives in Spokane, Washington.
Crane family members
The following are significant members of the Crane family excluding Frasier, Martin, Niles, and Daphne Crane. Although most of the series revolves around Frasier Crane and his immediate family, occasionally members of Frasier's extended family appear. These are listed below.
David is Niles' and Daphne's son. He was born in the two-part episode Goodnight, Seattle. During Daphne's pregnancy, it is implied he takes after his low-brow uncles (Daphne's brothers); for example, kicking away classical music. He was born in a veterinary clinic and is named after show's creator David Angell, who died along with his wife Lynn aboard American Airlines Flight 11 during the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Eddie is known for responding to Martin and Daphne with human-like understanding, but often seems to taunt Frasier. In one episode, Three Dates and a Breakup, Eddie eats the meals Frasier prepared for his dates as if he, Eddie, knew that Frasier's dates would not be staying for dinner. An early recurring gag had Eddie staring unceasingly at Frasier, often wanting something, to Frasier's increasing annoyance. Frasier's ex-wife Lilith is the only one who scares Eddie and whenever she's around, Eddie does exactly as Lilith says.
Eddie is often featured in the closing sequences of a show, when the closing theme is played/ sung and the credits roll, in a short vignette generally related to a joke from earlier in the episode.
Eddie's birth date was originally given as May 7 in the episode Desperately Seeking Closure but was then changed to May 15 in the final episode, Goodnight Seattle.
Eddie's intelligence and capacity to learn tricks are very inconsistent, sometimes being incapable of learning to sit and at other times looking left and right on Martin's command. It was once shown that the only word he understands is his own name but other times he seems to understand exactly what he's being told.
In The Unkindest Cut of All a neighbor brings over a box of puppies that she claimed Eddie sired. Frasier, who had not thought that Eddie was entire, subsequently manages to give them away, and insists that Martin have Eddie neutered.
In a flashback in the episode The Return of Martin Crane, Martin (shortly before being shot) is shown having just bought a goldfish named "Eddie". His partner suggests that he should've got himself a dog instead, to which Martin responds that he isn't a dog person. Clearly, this changed sometime after he got shot.
Frederick Gaylord Crane (born 1989, played by twins Christopher and Kevin Graves in Cheers, Luke Tarsitano in 1995, Trevor Einhorn from 1996 until 2003) is the son of Frasier and Lilith Sternin. "Freddy" made his first appearance as a baby on Cheers, while his parents were still married; he appears in several episodes throughout the show's run. He lives with his mother in Boston but often comes to visit Frasier in Seattle on the holidays. Through his mother, he is Jewish; his bar mitzvah was most notable for his mother's emotional breakdown and his father's ill-advised attempt to make a speech in Hebrew (but in fact in Klingon) (as seen in the tenth season episode Star Mitzvah, which reveals Freddy's middle name, Gaylord). In his first appearance, he has Lilith's hair colour but when he returns, he has Frasier's.
Frederick was born during Cheers' eighth season episode The Stork Brings a Crane. He was delivered in a taxicab while Lilith was on her way home from the hospital after an episode of false labor. Lilith tolerated the pain by biting down on one of the cab driver's fuzzy dice. Initially his personality is very undeveloped, as he is just a small child. In early seasons he is portrayed as having numerous rather debilitating allergies and being rather inexpert when faced with a number of more or less mundane social situations (as seen in the fourth season episode A Lilith Thanksgiving). He is known to be intelligent, achieving high academic scores, and is accepted to the Marbury Academy, an exclusive Boston private school. In addition to his intelligence he shares several family traits, including a talent for chess, and his mother's talent at Machiavellian scheming based on an understanding of behaviorist psychology. He shares both his Uncle Niles' lack of coordination and his spelling skill, becoming one of the two final contestants on the National Spelling Championship. As he gets older more traits begin to develop. At around seven he develops a crush on Daphne, much to Niles' jealousy. As he gets older he begins to get somewhat spoiled and surly, and enjoys Frasier's company less and less, prompting Frasier to fear a growing generation gap, particularly when Freddy becomes a goth, but father and son are able to bond over their mutual bad luck with the opposite gender. At the end of the series he is 15 years old.
Frederick's chronologically last appearance in the Cheers/Frasier universe is during the epilogue of the tenth-season Cheers episode I'm Okay, You're Defective, described as taking place "Many years later". It shows an older Lilith and adult Frederick (played by Rob Neukirch) sitting for the reading of Frasier's will.
Hester Rose Crane, née Palmer (Nancy Marchand in Cheers, Rita Wilson in Frasier) was Martin's wife and Niles and Frasier's mother. By the time the series begins, she has been dead for approximately six years; throughout the course of the series, the cause of her death is never expressly revealed although it is indicated in episode Rooms with a View she died from lung cancer. Hester appears in a dream sequence (experienced by Frasier in episode Don Juan In Hell) and in 8 mm cine transferred to video (in the seventh season episode Momma Mia where Rita Wilson also plays Mia Preston who is the spit and image of Hester).
Hester first appeared in a third-season episode of Cheers (Diane Meets Mom) in which Hester threatened to kill Diane Chambers if Diane did not stop seeing Frasier. Hester at this point was more duplicitous, manipulative and controlling than Frasier's, Niles's and Martin's recollections and descriptions of her later. However, Frasier is surprised by her threats, and says she "has always been the most gentle, rational human being [he] had ever known." Wilson would play a middle-aged version of Hester in the two-part episode Don Juan in Hell, using prosthetic makeup.
Hester was a research psychiatrist and met Martin in 1952 when she was profiling a murderer. She rejected his first marriage proposal, but the two married when she became pregnant with Frasier. As they did not know better in the 1950s, Hester smoked during at least her first pregnancy. Hester had an affair with a family friend when Frasier and Niles were still children, and she and Martin were subsequently separated for a time." A constant theme throughout the series, nonetheless, is that they had a long and healthy marriage.
Hester was the inspiration for both Frasier and Niles to go into the profession. She named her two sons after favorite lab rats. Both her sons take after her more than they do their father, being intellectually pompous, which causes Roz and Martin—especially given her infidelity—to consider that Hester's one-time lab assistant Leland Barton (David Ogden Stiers) might be the boys' biological father. (Without knowing Martin's concerns, Barton reveals he is gay, implying he is not their father.) For example, Frasier and Niles quote her as saying "a handshake is as good as a hug." When his snobbish sons embarrass him at "The Timber Mill", a steakhouse chosen by Martin, Martin points out that his wife "may have had fancy tastes, but she had too much class to ever make me or anybody else feel second-rate", and was willing to eat hot dogs and watch ballgames with him.
Hester Crane died in 1987.
Maris Crane is Niles Crane's wife for much of the series. She is unseen on camera, but often the subject of plotlines and jokes. Her maiden name was never revealed on the series. Maris is immensely wealthy, much wealthier than Niles, as well as spoiled, dominating and neurotic. Many of the characters pointedly dislike her (to Niles' consternation), with Frasier contributing in the show's first episode, "Maris is like the sun...except without the warmth". In a further humorous vein, David Hyde Pierce passively describes Maris during a Montréal comedy performance (which he performs in-character) as "...a wife who's like a refugee from Taming of the Shrew..."
Maris was born in 1952, in Seattle. Her father was referred to as "The Commodore". She also has at least two sisters, one named Bree, who was born with only one nostril; she is mentioned as Frasier's date in one episode. As a child, Maris was overweight, but started losing weight and soon became very thin. She is described as small, very pale and pathologically emaciated; Roz originally mistook her for a hat rack, and Niles noted that she once sat on a whoopee cushion without setting it off.
Maris lived in her family's mansion, which has been in the family for four generations after they made their fortune from urinal cakes (but she fools people by telling them her fortune comes from timber). She met her husband, Niles, during his internship in Seattle when he stopped to help her as she was banging on the electric gates to get into her home. They were married three years later, in 1986.
Maris makes only two onscreen "appearances": once in the episode "Voyage of the Damned" when her shadow is seen through a shower curtain (she is spoken to but makes no reply), and again in "Rooms with a View", where she appears in Niles' memory, almost completely covered by bandages after surgery. In "The Seal Who Came to Dinner", the pass-code to Maris's seaside home is described as her "ideal weight", and "what she weighed at her débutante ball" during her pageant years. The series of numbers that Niles punched in would mean that Maris, at that time, was 45 pounds and 12 ounces (20.8 kg). Aside from her low weight, Maris is subject to various medical problems: she has abnormally tight quadriceps, a rigid spine, a large number of very specific allergies, she cannot produce saliva, and has a slight webbing of her hands that made her self-conscious enough to shy away from their physical touch. She frequently travels to Europe for plastic surgery and expensive, eccentric health treatments.
In 1993 Maris and Niles refer Frasier to Daphne Moon (Niles' future wife) as a live-in physical therapist for Martin. Two years later, Maris goes to New York without telling Niles, who worries greatly and is then infuriated by her rash, selfish disappearance (with encouragement from Frasier). On her return, Niles finally stands up to Maris and she promptly kicks him out of the house, beginning a two-year separation. Maris eventually reunites with Niles, but immediately has an affair with their marital therapist, Dr. Bernard Shenkman. In 1998, Niles finally files for divorce. In spite of the finalized divorce, Maris and Niles continue to be codependent for some time, until Niles finally breaks completely free, largely due to Daphne's aggravation.
In 2003, Maris becomes romantically involved with a violent Argentinian polo player, Esteban de Rojo (Victor Alfieri), whom Maris kills in self-defense. Consequently, she is jailed for a few months on suspicion of murder. In 2004, shortly before her trial is scheduled to begin, she escapes to her family's private island from which she cannot be extradited, effectively stranding her for life.
Nikos Crane (Joseph Will) is the son of Walt and Zora Crane. He is Martin's nephew, and Frasier and Niles' cousin. Nikos was originally going to attend medical school, but became a juggler after receiving some advice from Frasier, about which Zora was quite angry.
Walter "Walt" Crane
Walter "Walt" Crane (John Mahon) is Martin's brother and the uncle of Frasier and Niles. He appears only once, in an episode in which he and Martin meet again, only to become separated again by the end of the episode. In the episode Author, Author when Frasier and Niles are having a fight, Martin tells them a story about a dispute he once had with a partner. His first words are "Now, I never had a brother..." However, the story that Martin tells the boys turns out to be a lie, which he reveals to Daphne after the boys make up and leave.
Zora Crane, (Patti LuPone) a Greek woman, is Walt Crane's wife, Martin's sister-in-law, and the aunt of Frasier and Niles, and the one responsible for Walt and Martin's estrangement. Savagely domineering, she is notable for having violent outbursts. According to family lore, when the Nazis invaded Greece, the five-year-old Zora joined the partisans just to strangle Nazis with her jump ropes.
Lilith Sternin (Bebe Neuwirth) is the ex-wife of Frasier Crane and mother of their son, Frederick. A cold, remote woman, she is disliked by most of his family and friends. Lilith appeared as a prominent character on Cheers, in which Frasier also first appeared. Her relationship with ex-spouse Frasier is cordial yet distant in the early seasons, becoming more warm and caring in the final seasons.
Nanette Guzman/"Nanny G"
Nanny G is Frasier's first wife and a well-known children's entertainer, based on Loonette from PBS's The Big Comfy Couch. She first appeared in the tenth season episode of Cheers, titled "One Hugs, the Other Doesn't", played by Emma Thompson. She then appeared in the Frasier Season 9 premiere episode Don Juan in Hell in a fantasy sequence as a young hippie from Frasier's memory (played by Dina Spybey). Her final appearance was in the final season of Frasier in the episode Caught in the Act, this time played by Laurie Metcalf, who proclaims, "Do you have any idea what it’s like to play the same character for twenty years?!" – an in-joke reference to Grammer's own twenty-year portrayal of Frasier Crane on Cheers and Frasier. Frasier and Nanette were briefly married while he was an undergraduate; the ceremony occurred at City Hall. The two experienced a strong sexual chemistry but Frasier claims that the marriage could not work because of their youth and naïveté.
Aunt Vivienne is, as Niles describes her, the "keeper of the Crane family skeletons" indicating that, although not explicitly stated, she is a Crane family member. She is mentioned many times in "Beloved Infidel", when Frasier and Niles suspect Martin of having an affair in their childhood. Niles goes to call her, but Frasier stops; when confronted by Niles, Frasier says that far from not wanting to find something out, his worst fear is that she knows where he lives and that she can still drive.
KACL staff and professionals
This section outlines the various people with whom Frasier works with at KACL 780AM (the radio station from which Frasier's show is broadcast).
Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe
Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe (Dan Butler) hosts the Gonzo Sports Show, KACL's highest-rated show among most demographics. He is a volatile, boorish, intensely macho sports philosopher, who often makes the ever urbane Frasier the butt of his jokes. His catch phrase is "THIS STINKS! THIS IS TOTAL BS!" slamming his fist down, often after he misplaces something, only to find it immediately afterwards. Bulldog is obnoxiously discourteous and often insults his coworkers, interviewees and callers, yet he is apparently very popular, and has receives as much affection and admiration, as angry calls; "Guys love me; chicks pretend not to".
Bulldog is a womanizer, but has somewhat of a lingering crush on Roz. Following a short affair with her, Bulldog reveals his feelings towards Roz to be genuine, but they prove to be unrequited. Due to a decline in ratings, his show is cancelled and he is fired at the end of Season 6, Bulldog works as a pizza delivery man until he is re-hired to work in the KACL archives. He is seen sporadically throughout the remainder of the series, usually appearing with a crude remark or playing a practical joke.
Contrary to his overbearing "machismo", Bulldog has a fear of reptiles and once jumped on a desk in panic when a small lizard got loose in the studio. He also used a pregnant Roz and later his elderly mother as human shields to protect himself from gunmen - the first incident being an attempted hold-up at the coffee shop for which Bulldog was given and enthusiastically accepted, undeserved praise for his role in foiling, and the second a false shout by Martin to expose this cowardice at an awards ceremony for Bulldog's 'bravery', after Frasier's more subtle attempts to have Bulldog come clean failed miserably.
Bulldog was credited as a regular cast member in several episodes from seasons four through to six, until the character was fired from KACL. His last appearance is in the Season 11 episode Frasier-Lite, and is notable for being one of the show's major recurring characters not present at Frasier's farewell speech in the series finale.
Gilbert "Gil" Leslie Chesterton (Edward Hibbert) is the host of Restaurant Beat on KACL. He is a pompous, effeminate, over-refined food-critic whose taste buds are insured. In his first appearance, Gil is somewhat antagonistic towards Frasier and vying for his KACL time-slot, though in subsequent appearances the issue is no longer contentious. Believed by his coworkers to be in the closet, Gil claims to be married to a woman named Deb, a "Sarah Lawrence graduate and the owner of a very successful auto body repair shop", as well as an Army Reservist), but his co-workers believe 'Deb' to be but Gil's pet cat. Much of the humour related to 'Gil' stems from his adamant denial of his seeming homosexual orientation, as well as his over-all catty snarkiness. In a season eleven episode, Frasier is falsely outed on the air, after being seen at a local gay bar; Gil is seen coyly reading a newspaper outside the same bar during the episode's closing-credits. In The Impossible Dream, Frasier is disturbed to find that he is having overtly sexual dreams about Gil.
Gil drives a red BMW with a red interior and is almost always seen wearing his trademark bow tie. It is also revealed that Gil wears an ankle bracelet. He claims to be a veteran of the armed services (he once refers to having "seen some cruel pranks in the Army"). His last appearance is in the show's two part finale Goodnight, Seattle where he is seen along with Kenny Daly, Roz, Daphne, Bebe, Noel, Martin, Ronee, Niles and the rest of the KACL staff watching Frasier give his farewell speech.
Chopper Dave (Richard Poe) is a Vietnam War veteran who hosts KACL's Eye in the Sky traffic reports. He has a tendency to speak very loudly due to spending time trying to speak over the din of his helicopter. He has also been known to annoy his colleagues by flying his helicopter very close to their apartment windows.
Julia Wilcox (Felicity Huffman) becomes the new financial reporter for the KACL late in the series' run. She is the author of two books, Practical Applications of Econometrics and Day Trade Your Way Out of Debt, the latter of which had stirred some controversy and had eventually contributed to her being fired from CNBC.
Her no-nonsense, all-business demeanor and arrogant and stand-offish attitude earn her the dislike of the other staff, especially Roz Doyle. Frasier makes an advance towards her in a moment of anger-induced passion, similar to a scene in an episode with Kate Costas, with Frasier even using some of the same insults and quoting the famous line by Sam Malone to Diane Chambers in Cheers "Are you as turned on as I am?", which results in the entire station being forced to attend a sexual harassment seminar until Julia promises not to sue Frasier or the station, after which the entire staff leave the seminar.
When Frasier discovers that his accountant and former Oxford classmate, Avery (John Hannah), is cheating on his wife with Julia, he confronts Avery, unaware that Julia is hiding in a closet, overhearing the entire conversation. Julia's attitude towards Frasier begins to soften after this display of chivalry on his part, and she uses her connections to have Ben, a British street musician (Elvis Costello) whom Frasier and Niles find annoying, then playing a regular gig at Café Nervosa, offered a full-time job elsewhere.
She and Frasier have a brief romantic encounter, much to Roz's chagrin. Julia and Roz end up verbally attacking each other after Julia suspects Roz's feeling for Frasier. He ends up siding with Julia, causing Roz to take a new position and leave KACL, albeit temporarily. Her boorish and coarse behavior towards Martin, Niles, and Daphne ultimately persuades Frasier to break off their relationship.
Kenny Daly (Tom McGowan) is a long-time radio man; apparently a successful DJ in the past, in 1993 he was reduced to delivering pizzas as he was out of work at the time. Kenny was married with at least 3 children, but got divorced in 2003, following which he suffered a breakdown.
Kenny becomes the new station manager of KACL in 1998. A likable and relaxed manager, he soon becomes friends with all the staff there. When he took over in Sweet Dreams, he gave Frasier the ultimatum of doing an ad he couldn't endorse or be fired. Kenny fires Frasier but rehires him an hour and a half later. Kenny then goes to station owner Joe Martin to tell him about Frasier's complaint and is fired (this is the time that KACL becomes an all-Salsa station as Joe Martin, inadvertently inspired by Frasier, goes back to his birth name, José Martinez, and rediscovers his Latin roots). Kenny occasionally performs the unscrupulous acts of his predecessors, such as firing and lying to the talent, but often feels guilty and admits to it shortly afterward. Kenny is fairly lowbrow and has tastes and pleasures similar to Martin Crane, which occasionally grates against Frasier's more refined sensibilities.
Kenny resigns as station manager after deciding to go back to DJing, and Roz is appointed as his replacement. He is last seen, along with Frasier's family, friends and KACL staff watching him do his farewell speech.
Kate Costas (Mercedes Ruehl) is one of several KACL station managers before Kenny. Frasier and Kate have a love-hate relationship finding themselves on opposite sides on programming decisions and union negotiations. They have a brief affair before Kate leaves to accept a management position at a Chicago station.
Noel Shempsky (Patrick Kerr) is a painfully geeky Trekkie who keeps an autographed picture of William Shatner as Captain Kirk on his desk and is fluent in Klingon. His station nickname is "Noel the Mole". He is also good friends with Bill Gates, offering a Vulcan salute to Gates when he appears on Frasier's show in Season 9 episode The Two Hundredth Episode. Noel is such an avid Star Trek fan that William Shatner has a restraining order against him.
He works in sales at KACL and drives a '73 Dodge Polara. From early in the series he is in love with Roz Doyle, who does not feel the same way about him – Roz was even willing to date a lesbian instead of him once. In the season 10 episode Star Mitzvah it is revealed that Noel is Jewish, and is fluent in Hebrew.
His claim to fame, as seen when he volunteers to be the station representative during contract negotiations, is that he can faint at will. It has also been mentioned in the season 10 final episode A New Position for Roz that Noel has never missed a day of work. He was even retained by KACL when it changed formats to Salsa radio and fired most of the talk radio personnel, due to his mastery of Spanish and his never ever having a sick day. Noel shows attraction to Roz throughout the series leading to often embarrassing attempts to impress her. In the final episode, he finally kisses her after she becomes the station manager.
Thomas "Tom" Duran
Thomas "Tom" Duran (Eric Lutes) was an openly gay station manager during the second season. In The Matchmaker, Frasier unwittingly asks Tom out on a date, intending to fix him up with Daphne. He appears later in the season in Agents in America, Part III, trying to coax Bebe from jumping off the ledge of the building.
Father Mike Mancuso
Father Mike (George DelHoyo) is a clergyman who serves as host of Religion on the Line at KACL. He appears or is referenced in various episodes throughout the first two seasons, before being fired by new station manager Kate Costas in the first episode of season 3, seemingly for no reason other than the fact Kate found his show boring – something which concerned Frasier, whose show had similar audience figures.
Poppy (Katie Finneran) was introduced in season 7. She was originally an intern at KACL, and annoyed everyone with her manner, and she only has the job as her mother is the station owner. When Niles gets a job as an arts critic, Frasier is consumed by jealousy and subtly hints to Poppy, after Kenny had already said no, that she ask her mother to create an arts critique show. Poppy does this, however she doesn't realize that Frasier was also intending to host the show and instead presents it herself. In the season 7 episode Rivals, Poppy returns and meets Niles around whom she is attracted and the two end up setting up a date to an upcoming ball. However, due to a series of misunderstandings, Niles believes that Frasier is attracted to Poppy (while Frasier believes the same regarding Niles and his own date to the ball) and their resulting argument ends up scaring Poppy away.
Other shows on KACL
There have been numerous other shows on KACL, some of which are:
"Gonzo Sports Show" — Hosted by Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe.
"Restaurant Beat" — Hosted by Gilbert "Gil" Leslie Chesterton.
"Religion on the Line" — Hosted by Fr. Mike Mancuso, canceled by Kate Costas.
"Pet Chat with Nanette" — Hosted by Nanette, canceled by Kate Costas.
"Amber Edwards Book Chat" — Hosted by Amber Edwards.
"Health Watch" — Hosted by Dr. Clint Weber.
"Storytime Theater" — Hosted by Tooty, the Story Lady.
"Teen Scene" — Hosted by Trent, Emily and Ryan. The show is featured on the season nine episode "Juvenilia" when Frasier acts as a guest. Despite his initial belief that the show will be an easy ride, he quickly learns that the three hosts have an abrasive, interrogative style of hosting, leaving Frasier feeling exposed and dumbfounded.
"The Morning Zoo with Carlos and The Chicken" — KACL's morning show hosted by Carlos and Dwayne a.k.a. "The Chicken".
"Let's Go Camping" — Hosted by Dan and Jenna, disappeared inexplicably.
"Dr. Nora" — a second advice show on KACL, hosted by Dr. Nora Fairchild (recommended by Frasier), this show lasted for about two weeks.
"Dr. Mary" — a third advice show on KACL, hosted by ex-temp producer Mary Thomas.
"Car Chat with Bob and Bethany" — Hosted by Bob and Bethany; Martin mistakes Bethany for a man.
"Money Matters" — Julia Wilcox (Felicity Huffman), financial reporter, formerly of CNBC, to whom Frasier is forced to devote part of his show. He has a brief affair with her later.
Other Mentioned Radio Shows
"KeKe and Mel's Drivetime Circus" — Mentioned by Opera Director Allister Berk (Patrick Stewart) via The Doctor is Out in season 11 episode The Babysitter
And many other shows (the names of which were not given) but the hosts are:
Ray Schmidt, the "Green Grocer".
Bonnie Weems, the "Auto Lady".
Leo Pascali, the "Happy Chef". In season 3 episode Leapin' Lizards the host of "The Happy Chef" is shown on a schedule as Floyd Lovett.
Miss Judy, Arts and crafts.
Helen Grogan, "Ma Nature".
Chester Ludgate, KACL's "lovable curmudgeon" commentator.
Moon family members
This section discusses the more significant members of Daphne Moon's family, a large, working-class clan from Manchester, England. Many of the actors who play Moon family members do not have specifically Mancunian English accents: Anthony LaPaglia, Richard E. Grant and Robbie Coltrane, who portray three of Daphne's brothers, and Brian Cox, who portrays her father, were not even born in England (La Paglia is Australian, Grant was born in Swaziland and both Coltrane and Cox are Scottish) and this apparent discrepancy is never addressed on the show but may be taken as an in-joke (see below).
Gertrude Moon (Millicent Martin) is Daphne's mother. The two have a difficult and complex relationship, and Daphne appears to dislike her mother immensely while still remaining intensely loyal and subservient to her. Domineering and conniving, Gertrude is doting and always forgiving towards her son Simon's selfish behavior but is hyper-critical of her ever-supportive and long-suffering daughter, frequently guilting Daphne into providing what she wants. When Gertrude leaves her husband she goes to Seattle. There she unsuccessfully tries to start a romance with Martin and briefly lives with Niles and Daphne, where she quickly overstays her welcome. When Daphne finally snaps and throws her out, she immediately breaks down with guilt, Niles offers to move her to an apartment of her own so that she can remain in Seattle with her daughter.
Grammy Moon, Daphne's paternal grandmother, is frequently mentioned but never seen or heard from on the show (see also: Maris Crane). She and her numerous eccentricities, cooking tips and health complaints are frequently the subject of Daphne's long-winded stories.
Harry Moon (Brian Cox) is Daphne's father. Although he is an alcoholic and a layabout (who supports his drinking on the money given to him by men who attempt to impress their girlfriends by pretending to hit Harry after he pretends to chat up their girlfriends), his relationship with Daphne is closer than the relationship between Daphne and her mother. Seemingly trapped in a long-suffering marriage with his wife, he eventually left her. With Niles' intervention, they attempted a reconciliation, but it was short-lived, and Harry Moon eventually returned to England.
Michael Moon (Robbie Coltrane) is a brother of Daphne. Michael appeared in the two-part series finale, Goodnight, Seattle, and his speech is almost entirely incomprehensible, spoken in a very fast Lancashire accent.
He also briefly appears in Something Borrowed, Someone Blue played by a different actor and is mentioned in IQ as having lost one of his toes after falling into a frozen lake. In Goodnight, Seattle, he is revealed to have lost another toe in a shooting incident.
Simon Moon (Anthony LaPaglia) is one of Daphne's brothers. An obnoxious and boorish heavy drinker and layabout, Simon has a difficult relationship with his sister, largely because of Simon's uncouth and selfish nature. He is greatly disliked by both Frasier and Niles, partly because of their class-conscious nature but also because when in Seattle he frequently stays with one of them, often taking unreasonable liberties with regard to their homes, possessions and alcohol supplies in the process. Conversely, he gets on quite well with Martin and, despite his many negative qualities, is quite a popular man who is very successful at attracting women.
Roz is quite taken with him (and he with her) at first, but she eventually catches on to his ways and rejects his advances. Simon views her as a sex object, yet always forgets her name. During the ninth season episodes in which he appears, he constantly calls her "Rose." Roz does not care enough at that point to even correct him.
Simon appears in nine episodes. Like the majority of the Moon family seen on the show, he does not share a Mancunian accent with Daphne: the Australian LaPaglia imitates a London 'cockney' accent. He does, on occasion, wear a Manchester United T-shirt.
Stephen Moon (Richard E. Grant) is Daphne's favorite brother. He appears in person in the series finale Goodnight, Seattle (and speaks with Grant's trademark RP 'posh' accent despite the Moons being from Manchester). The character also appears in the two-part episode And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon, where he is played by a different actor and has no speaking lines.
Only seen briefly during Daphne and Donny Douglas' ill-fated wedding, Billy is Daphne's gay brother, a professional ballroom dancer. In an early episode Daphne states 'he's me mum's favourite. Me dad mostly flicks the crust off his kidney pie at him'. He is described as extremely promiscuous, having sneaked peeks at his brother Nigel in the shower, and getting sexually excited by going to the doctor (even undressing in the car on a visit to the dentist.)
Briefly appeared in Something Borrowed, Someone Blue. According to Daphne their brother Billy would spy on Nigel in the shower. He was portrayed by Cameron Dye.
Briefly appears in Something Borrowed, Someone Blue.
Briefly appears in Something Borrowed, Someone Blue. Coincidentally Daphne names her and Niles's son David (though in memory of series producer David Angell ).
Daphne's transvestite uncle who is also a priest . He lives in San Francisco, so Daphne sometimes visits him during the holidays. When asked by Roz if he always dresses as a woman, Daphne responds "No, his congregation would never stand for it."
Doyle family members
Alice May Doyle (played by Ashley Thomas, 2002–2004) is the daughter of Roz Doyle. She first appears as a newborn in the fifth season episode Life of the Party, and by the end of the series has become a child of six. Her father, Rick Garrett, had only just turned 20 when Roz discovered she was pregnant with Alice, and rather than, as she thought, ruin his life, Roz decides to raise Alice herself and not burden Rick. Alice refers to Niles, Martin and Frasier as her "uncles". A running gag in the show's later seasons involved her desperate desire to be a flower girl at various weddings, but always being prevented at the last minute. She has a mildly adversarial relationship with Daphne's mother Gertrude, and a close relationship with Roz's onetime boyfriend, Roger.
Denise Dawson née Doyle played by (Suzanne Cryer) is Roz's bitchy older sister. Denise appears twice, first in The Guilt Trippers, where Roz bemoans Denise's perfect life with her handsome husband Craig. However, there are evident cracks in the relationship, and when she next appears in Sea Bee Jeebies, Denise receives a call from Craig telling her he's leaving her. Denise regularly puts Roz down using back-handed compliments, such as buying Roz a dress two sizes too small and telling her how good she'd look in it. She ultimately gets her comeuppance when her husband leaves her for someone else, leading her to hate men.
Jen Doyle (Zooey Deschanel) is Roz's 'pushy and opinionated' cousin who visits her in Seattle. Her judgmental attitude irritates Frasier and Roz finds she cannot maintain the all night partying that Jen prefers. She forms an unlikely friendship with Kenny Daly who is inspired by her spontaneity and passion for traveling in Kissing Cousins.
Joanna Doyle (Eva Marie Saint) is Roz's mother. Currently divorced, she is the Attorney General for the state of Wisconsin. Roz frequently speaks to her openly on the phone about very personal matters, to a level that often shocks Frasier. Appeared in the Our Parents, Ourselves episode (played by Saint).
Rick Garrett (Todd Babcock) is a waiter at Cafe Nervosa who, at the age of twenty, has an affair with Roz, which results in her getting pregnant. Guilt-stricken at the news, he impulsively asks Roz to marry him, but Roz declines, insisting that he pursue his college education firstly. Their child is Alice May Doyle.
Niles and Maris' household staff
This section discusses the significant members of Maris and Niles' household staff who are mentioned on the show. Of these, Marta is significant as the only member of the household staff to have both a recurring role in the series complete with dialogue.
Marta (Irene Olga López) is Niles and Maris' elderly maid. She comes from a remote mountain village in Guatemala, and has difficulty with her English pronouns. She speaks fluent German, however, owing to her previous experience working for a German family "who turned up in Guatemala just after the war". In one episode, she translates from German to Spanish, and Frasier (mis)translates from Spanish to English for Niles, leading to comedic misunderstandings, related to a romantic entanglement. She is the only member of "Missy Crane's" household staff to be regularly seen on the show.
Yoshi is Niles and Maris' elderly and temperamental Japanese gardener. He is frequently mentioned by Niles, usually when referring to arguments over the zen garden Yoshi is keen to build. He is seen once on the series when Niles is addressing staff before leaving Maris. Yoshi dies of a heart attack while trimming Maris' elaborate hedge maze—Niles said 'the paramedics never had a chance.'
Ngee is Niles' and Maris' housekeeper. He is frequently mentioned by Niles during the beginning of the series. Given that Ngee's name seems rather hard to pronounce, Frasier constantly refers to him as "Guy" (pronounced (French: [ɡi]) – clearly assuming him to be French), thus causing Niles to correct him.
Nadia is referred to as Maris' "hatchet maid" but is never seen or heard.
Characters seen on Cheers
These are Frasier's old friends from Boston that guest star in certain episodes, influencing the episode's outcome (in addition to frequent guests Lilith and Frederick). The only surviving series regular from Cheers that never appeared on the show was Kirstie Alley, who played Rebecca Howe from 1987–1993 (seasons 6–11).
Sam Malone ran the bar (Cheers) that Frasier frequented back in Boston. He appeared on one episode of Frasier, in Season Two, called The Show Where Sam Shows Up. He is having second thoughts about his wedding to a woman (played by Téa Leoni) whom Frasier had slept with unknowing that she and Sam were engaged. Sam breaks off the marriage when he finds out she once slept with Cliff Clavin.
Diane Chambers left Frasier at the altar during their wedding. She appeared in four episodes, three of which were only dream sequences. In season two, she first appears in a dream that Frasier had after going to a tropical island. Then in season three, Diane visits Seattle to produce a play, but confesses to Frasier she needs help because her life is a mess. Later in the series she appears in a dream sequence in which Frasier's ex-wives, ex-girlfriends and late mother all confront him regarding his romantic failings. Diane is mentioned throughout the series by Frasier and his family as both one of his most important relationships, as well as being the cause of a notable downturn in his life after she left him at the altar.
Woody Boyd appears in one episode in season six when he visits Frasier in Seattle. He and Frasier reminisce about their past days at Cheers, but the more time they spend together, the more they realise they have nothing in common but memories. Realizing that, they part as friends, agreeing to meet once every five or ten (Frasier emphasises ten) years.
Cliff Clavin was in a season nine episode called Cheerful Goodbyes where Frasier returns to Boston for a convention and unwittingly stumbles on Cliff's retirement party, with Frasier too diplomatic to admit he had not come for the party. In a farewell speech, Frasier inadvertently convinces Cliff to stay in Boston, to the outrage of Carla, who tries to kill him with a spear gun.
Norm Peterson attends the retirement party of Cliff Clavin in Cheerful Goodbyes. He meets up with Frasier at the party, and gets along famously with Martin as a fellow beer drinker. Frasier telephones Norm in the episode Three Dates and a Break Up.
Carla Tortelli was a waitress at Cheers. She appears in the episode Cheerful Goodbyes at Cliff Clavin's retirement party, ecstatic that Cliff is finally leaving Boston. She flies into a psychotic rage when Cliff announces he has decided to stay, thanks in part to Frasier, ready to attack Cliff with one of his gifts: a spear gun, but security drags her out.
Many of the recurring minor characters seen on Cheers also appeared in Cheerful Goodbyes, including Paul Krapence (played by Paul Wilson), Cliff's rival Walt Twitchell (played by Raye Birk), and Phil (played by Philip Perlman).
Bebe Glazer (Harriet Sansom Harris) is Frasier's agent over the course of most of the series, described by Niles as "Lady Macbeth without the sincerity" and said to have "morals that would raise eyebrows in the court of Caligula". An intensely manipulative and seductive woman, with no apparent morals whatsoever outside of getting the best deal for herself and her clients, she is often compared to the Princess of Darkness by most of the characters, Niles in particular, who comments "She's the devil, Frasier. Run fast, run far!"
The two first meet in the Season 1 episode Selling Out, in which Bebe - who introduces herself as Bulldog's agent - hears Frasier endorse a Chinese restaurant on the air and harangues him into letting her line up other such deals for him, intimating that her own experience of meeting her daughter's college fees at Stanford will stand Frasier in good stead when he sends Freddie to Harvard. He comes to rely on her in order to get the best deal he can out of his employers, whilst simultaneously frequently being horrified by her extremely flexible and questionable ethics. She harbors a deep desire to be in the limelight herself, a dream briefly realized when she and Frasier co-host a morning television show for a week in Morning Becomes Entertainment. She is revealed to have a son in the final episode, whose apparent age (around 40) is used to imply the talent of Bebe's cosmetic surgeon. In Agents In America Part III, Bulldog describes Bebe as his agent, though it's likely this changed later in the series by the time he lost his job at KACL. She once seduced and attempted to marry an octogenarian multimillionaire in the hopes of inheriting his fortune upon his death, for which Frasier had to help her quit smoking over the course of a single weekend, at great stress to herself and the entire Crane family. However, during the wedding he died, whereupon she took up smoking again. She is also revealed, like Frasier, to have been an old friend of Dr. Phil, who frequently ended up owing her money as a result of their poker games.
|“||She has no scruples, no ethics, and no reflection!||”|
Donald Ronald "Donny" Douglas (Saul Rubinek) is Niles' divorce lawyer and, for a period, Daphne's boyfriend and fiancé. Ironically, despite his intense crush on Daphne, it is actually Niles who first introduces the two; they meet during Niles' divorce proceedings, while Donny, who is representing Niles against Maris, is helping Frasier to prepare his upcoming testimony. Although a highly successful lawyer, Donny is exceedingly boorish and brash (his antics include arriving for a meeting with Frasier and Niles in a tracksuit after a jog, and changing into his suit in front of them), and are anathema to Frasier's and Niles' refinement; his degree from the University of Las Vegas leads Yale/Cambridge-educated Niles to comment that there could have been "no problem finding tassels for those mortarboards", and although Harvard/Oxford-educated Frasier tells him to "stop being such a snob", his opinions are evidently similar. Their opinion of Donny changes when he cows a supposedly tough lawyer over the phone, greatly reducing the time Niles must wait for his day in court. Donny wins a favorable divorce settlement for Niles through his discovery that Maris' family fortune was based on urinal cakes; Niles' joy is immediately cut short when Donny starts dating Daphne.
Ultimately, Daphne leaves Donny at the altar in favor of Niles. Embittered, Donny initially sues both her and Frasier (who was responsible for Daphne and Niles getting together), but eventually drops the lawsuit. Daphne later encounters Donny in the final minutes before his court-room wedding to his new fiancée. In the tenth season premiere, The Ring Cycle, he reappears with yet a different fiancée, a woman named Bridgett, at Daphne's court-room wedding with Niles. Donny thanks Daphne, stating that she played a major role in his eventual happiness, as if she had not left him at the altar, he would not have met his ex-wife, who introduced him to his new bride to be. Donny then comments that he hopes Niles and Daphne will attend their wedding, to which Daphne, absentmindedly being polite, states the same thing, only for Donny to graciously accept her invitation. While it appears that he no longer harbors any resentment towards the couple, when Daphne states that she cannot marry Niles (as, unbeknownst to Donny, Bridgett, Frasier, Martin, and Gertrude, they eloped to Reno, Nevada a week before, and were about to be married for a third time, in order to appease Gertrude, who had missed their second wedding, which occurred in order to please Frasier and Martin), Donny is vindictive towards him, declaring "YES! I KNEW IT! Now you know what it's like to have the love of your life dump you at the altar! And good luck trying to find somebody as good, because she just ain't out there!". This shocks and insults Bridgett, who leaves, causing a distressed Donny to chase after her.
Jerome Belasco is an implied crime boss, whom Niles and Frasier approach to seek his help in getting one of Maris' parking tickets overturned—an action which soon comes back to haunt Frasier, as he must then provide couples counseling for Belasco's girlfriend. He was portrayed by Harris Yulin, who was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Jerome.
Kirby (Brian Klugman) is the teenage son of Lana and Bob Gardner, and sometime employee of KACL. He is briefly tutored by Frasier, with whom he develops a father-son relationship in the later portion of his appearances. When Frasier endures a brutal interview with teen radio journalists where they exploit him, Kirby comes to Frasier's aid by supplying him with embarrassing information about the journalists. He also does odd jobs for Niles. Kirby's wild hairstyle has been compared to Sideshow Bob's. Kirby is smitten with Roz Doyle, leading Frasier to manipulate Roz into escorting Kirby to the latter's high school prom as an incentive for Kirby to study and achieve good marks.
Bob Gardner (Brian Kerwin) is the husband of Lana Gardner and father of Kirby. Having previously abandoned his wife for another woman, he later had second thoughts and debated whether to return to her—coincidentally, at an airport he met up with Frasier, who was considering whether or not to pursue Lana romantically at the time, and after a brief conversation decided to remain with his wife. Frasier, who had also left the conversation with the intent to pursue Lana, decided as a consequence to withdraw and advised Lana to at least attempt to restore her marriage.
Lana Gardner, née Lynley (Jean Smart) is an old high school classmate of Frasier's, on whom both Frasier and Niles had crushes during high school. Frasier and Lana meet again as adults, and have a brief romantic relationship while Lana is estranged from her husband, Bob Gardner. Frasier calls this off owing to Lana's immensely aggressive personality. They later become friends. Lana is the mother of Kirby, and has at least one other child. In Jean Smart's first appearance as this character, she was known as Lorna Lynley—the character's name was later changed to Lana to avoid referring to a real person by that name.
Derek Mann (voiced by Joe Mantegna) is a newspaper columnist who is one of Frasier's biggest critics. His columns often debase Frasier's program and often twists the doctor's innocent advice to make Frasier look bad in the eyes of the public. He once challenged Frasier to a fistfight after the doctor publicly ridiculed him on his radio show.
Cam Winston (Brian Stokes Mitchell) is the deep-voiced tenant of the apartment above Frasier's and is Frasier's rival. The two frequently clash and compete over parking spaces, apartment board placement, and balcony rights. For all their rivalry, the two have near-identical tastes, mannerisms and personalities, which prompt competitiveness between them. The two have a history of trumping each other tit-for-tat via the apartment board: while Frasier convinces the board to ban Cam from parking his Humvee in the provided garage, Cam, in passive protest, hangs an enormous American flag over Frasier's balcony, covering Frasier's view; as well as the obvious inconvenience, this incident also damages Frasier's standing with the board, as when he protests about the flag, Cam twists matters so as to make Frasier seem unpatriotic. When their parents feign a dating relationship to have the two come to a truce, Cam and Frasier finally end their feud and compromise with each other to please their parents. Martin and Cam's mother do eventually form a short lived relationship. Cam is exploited in the 10th season episode, Door Jam, when Frasier finds an exclusive luxury spa invitation addressed to Cam in his own mail box due to their mail box exchange as a condition of their truce. Intrigued, Frasier and Niles go to the spa, but find that they are not on the "list", prompting Niles to impersonate Cam's vocal characteristics in the charade, to get access into the spa.
The last mention of Cam Winston is in the 11th-season episode, Crock Tales: Frasier, Niles, Daphne, and Roz are locked out of Frasier's apartment on the balcony and yell for Cam's help after they are unable to gain the attention of Martin, who's inside with headphones on.
Duke (John LaMotta) is Martin's close friend. He briefly appears in the second season episode Dukes, We Hardly Knew You when Martin takes Frasier and Niles to Duke's bar called "Duke's", which is demolished later in the episode. He also appears as one of Martin's poker buddies in the fifth season episode Where Every Bloke Knows Your Name. Sometime near the beginning of the eighth season, Duke moves to Florida. Duke is frequently referenced on the show, and Martin is sometimes shown speaking to him on the phone or returning from visiting with him. Duke is divorced and has a son, as well as a daughter named Marie (played by Teri Hatcher) who briefly dates Frasier in the sixth season episode First, Do No Harm.
James (James Oliver) is a barista and waiter at Cafe Nervosa. He has appeared in thirteen episodes over the course of the series, and often interacted with the main characters in the Cafe. His first appearance was in 2001, and his last was in 2003. He is described by Frasier as 'unflappable' when Frasier orders a coffee with many variations and James simply replies with "sure". In the episode Deathtrap, he pitches in an idea to Roz about how to make Alice's new pet hamster be quiet; suggesting "moving the cage to another room".
Luck Hari played a never-named waitress at Cafe Nervosa during seasons 1 through 4. She appeared in eleven episodes, perhaps most memorably in "My Coffee With Niles", where she appeared in the episode's final reflective moment with Frasier.
Dr. Frasier Crane Show callers
Voices for callers who phone in to the Dr. Frasier Crane Show were provided, in many cases, by famous actors and other personalities. Very often, they would literally call in to the studio to record their parts, without having to appear in person.
Since these voices were added in post-production, callers' lines were spoken during live studio filming by crewpersons or other actors—including, very often, Arleen Sorkin, the wife of executive producer Christopher Lloyd. Sorkin appeared in a live cameo during the series finale, Goodnight, Seattle.
Some performers would later appear on the show as unrelated characters. For instance, Linda Hamilton played the final caller during the pilot episode, The Good Son, and later appeared in the Season Four finale.
There were only three performers to make a call into the show and appear later in the episode. Lilith Sternin, Frasier's ex-wife, in the episode The Show Where Lilith Comes Back when she calls in to make a criticism of his advice to a previous caller. He then makes plans to meet her after Roz, knowing all about Frasier's tumultuous relationship with his ex, suggests taking her out for dinner live on air so that he has no choice but to accept. The second was Renée Lippin, who played Kari in the episode Someone to Watch Over Me. Kari is Frasier's stalker who calls into the show and is seen at the SeaBea awards. Woody Boyd, the bartender at Cheers, calls in to the show because he is stuck driving in circles at the airport. He and Frasier reminisce on their Cheers days later in the show.
Occasionally, the problem mentioned by a caller served as the main plot for the show, such as Gretchen (Glenne Headly), who worried that her husband was having an affair with a woman whom Frasier suspected of being Niles's wife, Maris. In a similar episode A Word to the Wiseguy, Frasier receives a call from Brandy, the girlfriend of a shady businessman saying she wants to leave him after Frasier promised he would counsel the woman into marrying her boyfriend.
Very often, the caller's problem is a deliberate joke on that actor's real-life. For instance, Cindy Crawford, a model and spokeswoman for a make-up company, played a manicurist.
|Caller name||Season and Episode||Portrayed by||Call Information||Notes|
|Russell||1.01||Griffin Dunne||the first caller featured in the pilot episode, who feels his life is going nowhere||Dunne later appeared in the series as Bob, a wheelchair-using photographer interested in becoming Frasier's friend.|
|Claire||1.01||Linda Hamilton||broken-hearted about the loss of her boyfriend||Played Sarah Connor in the Terminator films, her character experiences a break-up which she can't get over emotionally in her call. She later appeared in season 4 episode Odd Man Out as a Cello player who left messages on Frasier's machine by accident.|
|Leonard||1.02||Christopher Reeve||an extreme agoraphobe with a terror of wide, open spaces||Reeve portrayed Superman in a series of films.|
|Pam||1.03||Patti LuPone||calls in asking how to deal with her in-laws who drop by unannounced||Later appeared as Aunt Zora in the season 5 episode Beware of Greeks|
|Lorraine||1.04||Judith Ivey||calls in but keeps getting interrupted with other calls on her line|
|Derek Mann||1.04||Joe Mantegna||A newspaper critic. After being attacked by Frasier on his radio show, he calls in to berate him and to arrange a fist fight||Like Grammer, Mantegna plays one of The Simpsons most recognizable guest characters, Springfield mob boss Fat Tony|
|Doug||1.05||Jeff Daniels||is getting fed up with his layabout mother|
|Gary||1.06||Robert Klein||his wife wants to go to Italy but he thinks the money should be spent on a sump pump|
|Hank||1.07||Eddie Van Halen||unsure if he's on the show due to feedback issues|
|Marco||1.07||Bruno Kirby||complains about his girlfriend pressing him for a commitment, saying he wants to keep his options open "in case somebody better comes along"|
|Danielle||1.08||JoBeth Williams||is having a problem with her monsieur||Williams later appeared as Madeline Marshall in Adventures and Paradise Parts 1 and 2.|
|Roger||1.09||Carl Reiner||arguing with his wife about what to name his brand-new cabin cruiser; Frasier responds that he couldn't locate his interest in Roger's problem with the aid of an electron microscope|
|Don||1.10||Jay Leno||complains about his inability to lose weight, when another voice cuts in and reveals that he's at a drive-through window||Actually known for having hundreds of cars and is often seen cruising in them|
|Barry||1.12||Ben Stiller||calls in on Christmas Day and cannot stop crying||Ben Stiller is actually Jewish|
|Don||1.12||Eric Stoltz||calls in to share a feeling which put him in the spirit of Christmas|
|Tom||1.12||Mel Brooks||a man traumatized as a child when his parents' Christmas present, a puppy, "wouldn't wake up"||Brooks is Jewish|
|Jeff||1.12||Dominick Dunne||says he always relieves his Christmas depression watching The Sound of Music (at a time when Frasier has had to give up a visit with his son, Frederick, so he can take a theatre tour of Salzburg).|
|Gladys||1.12||Rosemary Clooney||has fallen so many times in the shower that they can't fit any more pins in her hip|
|Al||1.13||Henry Mancini||a man who can't stand the sound of his own voice||Shortly thereafter, Frasier plays Mancini's Moon River|
|Ethan||1.13||Elijah Wood||gets beat up at school for being too smart and non-athletic, and proceeds to complain about Frasier's condescending advice.||Because he was constantly appearing in films as a child, Wood was home-schooled until he enrolled in university|
|Marianne||1.13||Piper Laurie||had a fight with her grown-up daughter when she insisted that her daughter's boyfriend spend the night in a separate bedroom||Laurie later appeared in the episode Dr. Nora. Also played the religious fanatic mother of the title character in the film Carrie.|
|Hank||1.16||Timothy Leary||complains about an overeating disorder|
|Dr. Bruga||1.19||Malcolm McDowell||appears on Frasier's show to discuss his book as well as hit on Roz|
|Rachel||1.20||Reba McEntire||married to a widower who insists on keeping his late wife's ashes on a shelf in their bedroom|
|Laura||1.22||Christine Lahti||calls in to tell Frasier and Niles about her sisters and how she lost her hair|
|Janice||1.23||Patricia Hearst||has a problem breaking through a barrier with her in-laws|
|Robert||1.23||Tommy Hilfiger||calls in, but Frasier (who's high) disconnects him as they've already had a Robert on the show today|
|Howard||1.23||Steve Lawrence||Niles (filling in for Frasier) is counseling Howard and his wife over the radio simultaneously||Lawrence's singing partner and real-life wife also plays his 'radio' wife|
|Louis||1.23||Garry Trudeau||calls in to Frasier's show while Gil Chesterton is filling in for a sick Frasier to say he's forgotten his anniversary, and Gil arranges a private table at a five-star restaurant.|
|Lois||1.23||Eydie Gormé||Niles (filling in for Frasier) is counseling Lois and her husband over the radio simultaneously||Eydie's singing partner and real-life husband also plays her 'radio' husband|
|Blake||1.23||Steve Young||crashes his car after Frasier, not realizing he was on a car phone, tells him to close his eyes and imagine he's on a tropical island|
|Marjorie||1.23||Mary Tyler Moore||thinks her boss does not respect her and lacks courage to approach him|
|Steven||2.01||James Spader||has doubts about his wife's decision to have their newborn baby share their bedroom.|
|Rita||2.02||Lily Tomlin||an overworked housewife with four children who's about to crack under the strain; Frasier, who's just been laden with a litter of puppies, suggests that she consider getting one.|
|Maggie||2.04||Amy Madigan||is unsure what to do with her clingy boyfriend|
|Edna||2.06||Alfre Woodard||gets depressed about living in rain-washed Seattle.|
|Connie||2.06||Sandra Dee||angrily berates Frasier for claiming Seattle is depressing|
|Holden Thorpe||2.07||Sydney Pollack||an obnoxious right-wing Congressional candidate who insults Frasier over the air, driving Frasier to film an endorsement for his opponent|
|Chester||2.08||Art Garfunkel||a laconic man whose wife is criticizing him for his lack of ambition or drive|
|Vic||2.09||Kevin Bacon||has trouble meeting women.|
|Linda||2.10||Betty Comden||calls in asking for directions to an antique store||Comden was one-half of the musical-comedy duo Comden and Green|
|Walter||2.10||Adolph Green||proclaims that he isn't lost after his wife calls into the show asking for directions||Green was one-half of the musical-comedy duo Comden and Green|
|Elliott||2.11||Macaulay Culkin||plays an adolescent who calls in to the show saying the problem is that he is a salesman with a young voice, causing Frasier to apologize, and Culkin replies, "Ha Gotcha Dr. Doufus".||brother Kieran calls in season 4|
|Francesca||2.12||Rosie Perez||suffers a fear of abandonment - Frasier is cut off from her when his incompetent producer hits the wrong button||Perez later appeared during the Season Eleven episode, Crock Tales. She was also the actress originally pitched by the show's creators for the role of Martin Crane's caretaker, the role ultimately given to Jane Leeves.|
|Marie||2.12||Carly Simon||wants to ask out a forty-year-old man who's never been married|
|Marjorie||2.13||Mary Steenburgen||an acrophobe who calls in to say that she's almost conquered her fears||In real life Steenburgen is married to actor Ted Danson who appears as his Cheers character, Sam Malone, later in the series|
|Sid||2.18||Gary Sinise||is incapable of talking on the phone with strangers unless he writes out everything he wants to say in advance|
|Madman Martinez||2.19||John Lithgow||pretends to be depressed, as a means of plugging his car dealership|
|Gretchen||2.21||Glenne Headly||an Austrian woman who suspects that her husband, a fencing instructor, is having an affair with his student (whom Frasier suspects is Maris)|
|Caroline||2.24||Shelley Duvall||feels like she's not making any progress with her therapist (who, unbeknownst to Frasier, turns out to be Niles)|
|Mark||3.01||Matthew Broderick||a clerk in an all-night convenience store whose "camera self" is doing things Mark doesn't approve of|
|Phyllis||3.01||Carrie Fisher||has incurable insomnia|
|Keith||3.01||Tom Hulce||disagrees with the last two callers and says that his job is very important before leaving to go powder jelly donuts|
|Nancy||3.01||Teri Garr||calls in proclaiming she's naked and that she'd prefer to be the spanker|
|Jill||3.02||Blair Brown||has a recurring dream that Frasier finds fascinating|
|Eileen||3.03||Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio||fantasizes about Frasier when she is having sex with her husband|
|Rob||3.04||Ed Harris||calls in to Bulldog's show to congratulate him on "getting" Frasier with pranks||Looks remarkably like Dan Butler, who plays Bulldog. Both actors also played NASA flight director Gene Kranz, (Harris in Apollo 13 and Butler in the mini series From the Earth to the Moon').|
|Jack||3.04||Billy Crystal||on Bulldog's show talking about sport and congratulate him on "getting" Frasier with pranks|
|Marylin||3.05||Brooke Adams||homesick for her little hometown in Wisconsin||Adams was born in New York City, but is married to actor Tony Shalhoub, who was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin.|
|June||3.06||Laura Dern||her husband gets mad at her for eavesdropping on other diners in restaurants|
|Polly||3.07||Cyd Charisse||says she's "lacking a certain spice", not knowing Frasier is filling in for "The Happy Chef"|
|Vinnie||3.08||Paul Mazursky||a womanizer who calls in trying to locate a pinky ring he left in his latest conquest's house|
|Bob||3.09||Ray Liotta||calls from the airport during Christmas, unsure whether he wants to fly home, or hop on an open flight to Hawaii, after Frasier counsels him, Bob says he has reached a decision, to which Frasier replies darkly "Mele Kalikimaka, Bob"|
|Gerard||3.11||Armistead Maupin||"Called in for a different reason" when Frasier talked about the apprehension of meeting new friends, Gerard was inspired and offered to comb Frasier's hair.|
|Marlene||3.13||Jodie Foster||an over-worked housewife who announced that, if her husband and she didn't find a time to themselves to have sex, she would go to a department store and pick up a stranger|
|Brandy||3.15||Faith Prince||after being told to do so by her boyfriend Jerome, she calls in to ask Frasier if she should marry him. This is pay back for Jerome helping with Maris' ticket problem and part of his plan to get Brandy to marry him|
|Steve||3.15||Randy Travis||trying to lose weight|
|Chris||3.17||Billy Barty||takes revenge on a neighbor by shoving a pound of rotten shrimp into the man's air conditioner.|
|Lydia||3.17||Joan Allen||being tormented by obscene phone calls.||Frasier enters the booth as Roz hurriedly moves away to let Frasier sit down, he is late because somebody took his parking space, and on top of it all, just after Lydia has finished stating her problem, Frasier starts breathing heavily into the mic.|
|Chuck||3.17||Eric Idle||takes revenge on an enemy by sending him 100 scorpions in a FedEx parcel|
|Mitch||3.17||Jerry Orbach||takes revenge on an offending neighbor by smashing the man's offending leaf blower against a tree|
|Rochelle||3.17||Jane Pauley||takes revenge on her neighbor for failing to curb her dogs, by setting the woman's lawn on fire|
|Brenda||3.17||Katarina Witt||starts to tell Frasier about a dispute with her sister, but puts Frasier on hold to answer her other line.|
|Beth||3.19||Debbi Fields||is pretty sure her husband is having an affair. Frasier suspects that Roz is talking to his callers after he hangs up with them. Frasier catches Roz in the act of giving Beth advice. She assures him that it is the first and last time. After Frasier leaves, Roz then takes a call from Bill.|
|Tom||3.22||David Duchovny||has sex with his girlfriend of six years every morning, every night, and three times a day on weekends, but isn't sure they really have anything else in common||Incidentally, David Duchovny had a sex addiction problem later in life.|
|Angela||3.24||Sherry Lansing||calls in about a problem relating to her dead husband|
|Jerry||4.02||Marv Albert||calls in to Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe's Gonzo Sports Show with a question.||Albert is a professional sportscaster.|
|Jake||4.02||Bob Costas||calls into Bulldog's show with a sports question||Costas is a professional sportscaster.|
|Mike||4.02||Julius Erving||calls into Bulldog's show for his take on the Yankees this season||Erving was a former professional basketball player|
|Jimmy||4.03||Kieran Culkin||calls in claiming his parents are stupid and asks how long it'll last||Plays a character with similar Problems in Igby Goes Down; brother Macaulay calls in season 2|
|Rudy||4.03||Christopher Durang||on air telling the plot of a sad movie while crying|
|Linda||4.05||Wendy Wasserstein||While Niles is sitting in for Frasier Linda calls in to have Niles talk with her cat to get it to eat.|
|Greg||4.08||John Cusack||a first-year graduate student in psychology who has misdiagnosed himself with every disorder he's studying|
|Alice||4.12||Patty Duke||calls in after thinking about sad things, to which Frasier tells her a story about Eddie|
|Chet||4.15||Eric Roberts||a once-timid man who takes Frasier's advice about assertiveness too far and becomes an overbearing jerk|
|Doug||4.19||David Benoit||explaining his unemployment situation|
|Dorothy||5.03||Cindy Crawford||Roz's manicurist, whom Roz accidentally puts through to the show||Crawford later became a spokeswoman for Revlon cosmetics|
|Roger||5.13||John Waters||thinking of changing careers as he's kind of trapped. Roz forces him make the problem more interesting in order to get through by classifying "trapped" as a woman trapped inside of a man's body who's thinking of running for political office|
|Bill||5.13||Rob Reiner||was a bed-wetter as a child and thinks the problem is coming back. Roz forces him to make the problem more interesting in order to get through asking him if he's wet the bed with anyone else in it (stripper, hooker, best friend's wife); he decides to pick the third option|
|Betsy||5.15||Halle Berry||her husband wants to take her on an anniversary cruise, but she has recurring nightmares about being shipwrecked|
|Marie||5.17||Jill Clayburgh||has a hard time getting out of bed every morning, and that she feels irritable when she does|
|Patrick||5.24||John McEnroe||he thinks his wife is having an affair|
|Ralph||6.11||William H. Macy||calls after Frasier has helped him change a tire, to complain about damage done to his car||Macy co-starred with Kelsey Grammer in Down Periscope and is also married to Felicity Huffman, who had a recurring role on the show as Julia Wilcox, a brief love interest and colleague to Frasier.|
|Stephen||6.11||Ron Howard||believes a mysterious voice from his radio is telling him what to do|
|Sophie||6.12||Marlo Thomas||arguing with her husband, Larry, about wanting to invite some of her girlfriends to his Super Bowl party||Larry is voiced by Thomas's real-life husband, Phil Donahue.|
|Larry||6.12||Phil Donahue||gets pulled onto the show after an argument with his wife, Sophie, about inviting some of her friends to his Super Bowl party||Sophie is voiced by Marlo Thomas, Donahue's real-life wife.|
|Audrey||6.13||Beverly D'Angelo||Seems to be discussing a serious relationship problem with her sister when Frasier states in a fed-up tone that she should just "fix the dress" that was accidentally ripped.|
|Jenny||6.20||Gillian Anderson||worried about whether her boyfriend is afraid of commitment.||Anderson plays Dana Scully on The X-Files, an FBI agent in a close partnership with Fox Mulder; at the time of airing their relationship was still platonic.|
|Jill||6.20||Pia Zadora||her husband is gay, but Dr. Nora refuses to accept this as a reason for a divorce, telling her to "Make it work!"|
|Tom||6.20||Yo-Yo Ma||calls in to Dr. Nora's show asking how he can deal with an annoying co-worker|
|Denise||6.20||Bonnie Raitt||has a poisonous relationship with her overbearing mother|
|Gave||7.16||Isaac Mizrahi||has an addiction to shopping||Mizrahi is a famous fashion designer|
|Maria||7.16||Gloria Estefan||her husband has been having affairs since they were newlyweds and wants to know how to change him|
|Brian||8.08||Stephen King||Frasier tries to squeeze Brian in before the news, however he doesn't want that and claims that he would rather wait|
|Tom||8.08||Wolfgang Puck||Frasier tries to squeeze Tom in before the news, however he doesn't want that and claims that he would rather wait||Later appears in season 9 episode The Proposal as himself|
|Andy||8.09||Neil Simon||unsure if he's on|
|Cleo||8.10||Melissa Etheridge||unable to choose among her three gorgeous boyfriends||Melissa Etheridge is a lesbian|
|Rachel||8.13||Bernadette Peters||(while Frasier is listening to 'The Best of Crane' in his car) calls in to thank Frasier for a book recommendation and to try score a date with him|
|Fred||8.16||Hal Prince||has a fear of intimacy|
|Tom||9.04||Anthony Edwards||calls from his wedding to say he's having second thoughts|
|Estelle||9.08||Jennifer Jason Leigh||calls in with a question for Bill Gates about multi-lingual user inferface add-ons|
|Warren||9.08||Bobby Short||calls in with a question for Bill Gates asking if he needs to make a boot disk when installing XP as an upgrade|
|Phyllis||9.08||Allison Janney||calls in with a description of her missing cat||Appears in the episode Three Blind Dates.|
|Joe||9.08||Larry Gelbart||calls in explaining how he understands how Frasier feels losing his tape as he lost a gold cuff link a few years ago and that if anyone finds it, he'd love to have it back|
|Garth||9.10||Pat Boone||calls in while Frasier and Kenny are arguing over the show's advertising budget after Dr. Zach's more sexually oriented show begins dominating the ratings. When Garth mentions he's part of a couple with problems, Kenny and Frasier get their hopes up for a juicy call, only to find out Garth has budget problems||Boone owned the Oakland Oaks, an ABA team with severe financial problems|
|Polly||9.10||Cherry Jones||complains about her boring sex life with her husband|
|Terrence||9.11||Andy García||is sick of being single|
|Mike||9.14||Freddie Prinze, Jr.||calls in while Frasier is a guest speaker on the program Teen Scene|
|Lillian||9.18||Naomi Judd||has perfectionist tendencies|
|Jeremy||9.21||Rufus Wainwright||teenager who has (unknown) problems|
|Carl||9.22||Keith Carradine||after hearing Roz's heartbreak on air, he calls in believing that he's going to be dumped and is unsure what to do about it|
|Unnamed Caller||9.22||Olympia Dukakis||called to berate Frasier over the phone, but changes her mind when she hears Roz unload her heartbreak over the air|
|Unnamed Caller||9.22||Scott Hamilton||tells Frasier to go back to Seattle|
|Unnamed Caller||9.22||Daryl Hannah||calls in to let Sully fans know they're boycotting KQZY|
|Jerry||10.02||Billy Bean||wants to know what's going on with Dr. Crane (who's late) after Roz let it slip that they slept together|
|Mark||10.02||Charles Busch||things are uncomfortable at work after he slept with his boss|
|Sheila||10.02||Leelee Sobieski||originally wanted to ask something else, but questions Roz about this 'person she slept with' because it sounded like she still worked for him|
|Stu||10.04||Bradley Whitford||his girlfriend wants him to move in|
|Grant||10.09||John Turturro||calls in because his grandmother died two weeks ago and he never told her how much she meant to him|
|Mindy||10.17||Laura Linney||calls in about her mother from work, causing her to pretend she's dealing with customers because of her boss||Later played Charlotte in the final season|
|Ernie||10.23||Bill Paxton||calls in because he's angry at his dog|
|Kevin||11.03||Benjamin Bratt||Frasier claims that he's not honest, who then turns it back around by saying that Frasier also isn't honest after he was seen entering a gay bar|
|Celeste's Mother||11.12||Estelle Parsons||picks up the phone saying they're all on the radio|
|Britney||11.12||Hilary Duff||announces she's running away from home after the rest of her family have carried their latest argument onto the air|
|Morrie||11.12||Stanley Tucci||a man whose wife suspects him of cheating on her, to the point where he's locked himself in his bathroom to make the call.|
|Celeste||11.12||Penny Marshall||Morrie's wife, who picks up the phone, sure he's on the phone with his mistress|
|Babette||11.17||Helen Mirren||a kleptomaniac||Mirren was the last guest caller of the series.|
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- "Room Full of Heroes"
- "Here's Looking at You"
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- "You Can't Tell a Crook By His Cover"
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