Actor Kelsey Grammer is well-known to audiences for his 20-year portrayal of Dr. Frasier Crane on the television series “Cheers” and “Frasier”. In a recent interview, he spoke openly about his deep Christian faith and the difference Jesus made in his life.
Grammer, 68, was raised in the cult of Christian Science but was moved by the Jesus Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. He won numerous awards for his TV work, but he believes his best work may be his portrayal of Pastor Chuck Smith in the motion picture “Jesus Revolution”.
The Jesus Movement began on the West Coast and spread. It saw young people, often called hippies, turning to Christ. This revival is what Time Magazine called “The Jesus Revolution”, which occurred just four years after the magazine asked, “Is God Dead?”
Grammer became emotional while talking about his portrayal of Pastor Smith during an appearance promoting the movie on the syndicated program “Live with Kelly and Ryan”. He said his wife Kayte Walsh loved it when they both watched the first cut of the film.
The actor told hosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest that his character “is a man looking for his own faith and finds it as well. A man whose church is empty. He can’t get traction and he’s started to think he’s going to be fired from his job as a pastor.”
Grammer also said he has spoken with people who were baptized and married by Pastor Smith and they have shared the light in their eyes when speaking about him.
“Jesus Revolution” is a Kingdom Story film in collaboration with Lionsgate and was directed by Jon Erwin, known for such films as “I Can Only Imagine” and “American Underdog”. It features other stars such as Jonathan Roumie, Joel Courtney, Anna Grace Barlow, and Kimberly Williams-Paisley. The story of Pastor Greg Laurie is also included in the film.
Laurie, 70, and his wife Cathe told CBN News’ Studio 5 that it was powerful to be introduced to them when they were young. Cathe said she never thought her story would be told in such a beautiful way.
Roumie told Studio 5, “I think as humans we are hardwired for a couple of things. One of those is community, only second to God. Relationship with God and community with each other. And when those two things seem to be compromised in society, the spirit starts to rebel against that and try to figure out how to put that back in its right order. And so you have these revivals.”
Grammer will next star in a revival of “Frasier” for the streaming platform Paramount+, although no streaming date has been announced.