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9 Mind-Blowing Facts About Frasier

He's America's favorite British actor.

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Like Seinfeld and Roseanne before him, it was only a matter of time before Frasier got his own autobiographical sitcom.

Here are some facts you may not know about the British thespian and his hit NBC sitcom.

1. Ever wonder why Frasier was set in Seattle?

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Although Frasier's show Cheers was set in Boston, Frasier wanted to set his spin-off in Seattle because the city's cloudy weather reminded him of his home village.

2. Why couldn't you spot the Space Needle from Frasier's apartment?

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Simple — almost the entire show was set inside the Space Needle. Frasier's apartment, the KACL radio studio, and even Café Nervosa were all located inside the tower.

3. TV execs were worried Frasier wouldn't be a hit with American audiences.

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They worried that someone as stereotypically British as Frasier wouldn't appeal to American audiences. Luckily, they were wrong.


4. How did Frasier get along with his most important co-star?

Frasier had a trick for currying favor with Eddie: slyly slipping his canine co-star treats between scenes. Naturally, Frasier carried hometown favorite Huntley & Palmers biscuits with him everywhere on set.

5. That's not Daphne's real accent...

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Actress Jane Leeves couldn't quite master her delivery. Luckily, Frasier was there to offer lessons in his native Manchester speaking voice.

6. A nod to Frasier's background is hidden in his apartment.

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It's small, but it's there — did you spot the Big Ben replica on Frasier's end table?

7. Frasier loves his country.

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He told Parade magazine, "If there was a war between the U.S. and England, I would proudly fight and die on the side of my countrymen."

9. But now you can find Frasier at home in Los Angeles' famed British neighborhood, Beverly Hills.


He's always out doing British things like playing cricket with British pals Rob Lowe and Kerry Washington.