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How a Car Accident Saved JESUS REVOLUTION Star Kelsey Grammer’s Life

How a Car Accident Saved JESUS REVOLUTION Star Kelsey Grammer’s Life

By Movieguide® Contributor

Kelsey Grammer shared how a car accident was a sign from God for him to stop drinking.

Grammer experienced great loss early in his life. His father died when the actor was 13, his sister was murdered as he graduated from college and his half-brothers drowned when he was 25. To cope, he turned to drugs and alcohol.

Things started to spiral in the 90s when the FRASIER star was arrested for drunk driving and cocaine possession, accused of sexual misconduct and married and divorced Leigh Ann Csuhany.

“You have to own up to your own personal choices, and mine were severely flawed,” Grammer told Sorted magazine.

“I got to a place where I was out of control, where something had to happen because every day I was asking God to help me stop drinking and, well, I guess He did, in a very rough way,” the JESUS REVOLUTION star explained.

Grammer flipped his car near his home, and although he wasn’t injured, the event prompted him to finally get help, and he checked himself into a rehab facility.

“For all the self-examination and chastising I embarked on, when it came to drawing a line in the sand, that car accident was very definitely a signal for me,” he said.

Grammer found freedom from his addictions by relying on his faith and those around him. Because of his experiences, he doesn’t take the life that he has now for granted, nor does he shy away from his past.

“I hope my well-documented ride has given people courage to live through the lives they’ve chosen, because they’re not as damaged as I am… or was,” he said.

Movieguide® previously reported:

“It strikes me, you know, I probably have been preparing for [this role] all my life, honestly,” Grammer shared with Fox News in another interview. “It was a pretty seamless transition into playing Chuck.” 

He continued, “I’m kind of a Bible guy. I’ve been reading the Bible all my life. I turn to it for prayer, for reflection, for information, and I just always have. It’s just always been sort of at my fingertips throughout my life, ever since I was a boy. So I have a relationship with the Word of God, as they call it, that it was probably akin to what Chuck Smith’s relationship was with it.”

Grammer also drew on his own memories of the real-life events that inspired JESUS REVOLUTION. 

“I lived it. I lived in that same time,” Grammer explained. “I lived throughout that period in the ’70s and stuff and what he accomplished. I saw on some of the faces that I met in my life. I didn’t know it was, you know, his footsteps, but I was walking alongside him in many things. When this role came along, it was just…slipping into a nice suit.”


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