Frasier is one of the most, if not the most, successful television series spin-off ever. As a follow-up to the highly-successful sitcom Cheers, Frasier continued to tell the story of psychiatrist Frasier Crane, a frequent patron at the bar, and his new life as a radio advice show host.
The series aired on NBC for an impressive 11 seasons from 1993 to 2004, during which time it won 37 Primetime Emmy Awards, which was a record at the time for a scripted series. It also won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series five years in a row.
While the idea of a revival has been discussed, many of the main and supporting cast members from the series continue to enjoy success, along with the high earnings that come with it.
10 Kelsey Grammer - $60 million
Playing the title character on both Frasier and Cheers, Grammer has been steadily working since the series ended. He appeared on Broadway and starred in series like Back to You alongside another sitcom star Patricia Heaton, and in Boss, which marked his first dramatic TV role. That show aired for two seasons.
In addition to guest-starring roles on series like 30 Rock, he has also appeared in a number of films, both during and after Frasier, including Toy Story 2, A Christmas Carol (2004 version), X-Men: The Last Stand, Fame, The Expendables, and Transformers: Age of Extinction. His most recent role was in the Netflix film Like Father opposite Kristen Bell. Fun fact: he’s also the long-time voice of Sideshow Bob on The Simpsons.
9 Jane Leeves - $16 million
With a pretty big bank account in her name, this English actress, model, producer, comedian, singer, and dancer (phew!) played Daphne, who was in charge of caring for Frasier’s elderly father and eventually married his brother.
Acting since the ‘80s, she has appeared on both TV and in movies, such as in 1994’s Miracle on 34th Street and James and the Giant Peach. She returned to the small screen in 2018 with a series regular role on the medical drama The Resident.
8 David Hyde Pierce - $40 million
Playing Frasier’s younger brother Niles, who is also a psychiatrist, Pierce won four Emmys for the role. Appearing in many films through his career, including Sleepless in Seattle, A Bug’s Life, Wet Hot American Summer, and Oliver Stone’s Nixon, he also has a very successful Broadway career. He appeared in Spamalot, Hello, Dolly!, and Curtains, the latter of which earned him a Tony Award. He has also directed.
Thanks to his distinctive voice, Pierce has also done significant voice work. He was the voice of Abe Sapien in Hellboy, and voiced Cecil, Sideshow Bob’s brother, on The Simpsons (Bob is voiced by Grammer).
7 Peri Gilpin - $15 million
Best known as Roz, the producer of Frasier’s radio show on station KACL who becomes his good friend, Gilpin later went on to appear in the ABC Family drama Make It or Break It. She ran a production company called Bristol Cities with her former co-star Leeves and does voice work for various series as well as Wells Fargo and Johnsonville Meats TV commercials.
Her pay cheque has been padded with many guest appearances on series like Medium, Desperate Housewives, and Law and Order: Criminal Intent. Her latest appearances include in an episode of Why Women Kill and Redbox film Benjamin.
6 John Mahoney - $16 million
Sadly, Mahoney passed away in 2018 at the age of 77 due to complications from throat cancer. But at the time of his death, he had racked up a nice sum of money. He played Frasier’s father Martin on the series and was also known as a voice and stage actor.
After Frasier, he returned to Broadway and made guest appearances on a number of TV series, including ER (where he played an elderly drag queen) and Burn Notice. His final film role was in the movie Flipped in 2010, and his last acting role was in the TV series Foyle’s War in 2015.
5 Dan Butler - $6 million
Playing Bob “Bulldog” Briscoe on the series, a macho man who hosts the popular sports show on KACL and likes to make fun of the psychiatrist, Butler became best known for this role. But he is also known for playing two characters within the Hannibal Lecter franchise: a technician in the 1986 film Manhunter and Roden in 1991’s Silence of The Lambs.
With other film, television, and Broadway roles to his credit, Butler has also produced, and co-wrote and co-directed his own faux documentary, Karl Rove, I Love You. His latest appearance was in an episode of Tales of the City.
4 Tom McGowan - $3.9 million
Known initially for his stage career, McGowan became known to a mainstream audience when he snagged the recurring role of the KACL radio station manager Kenny Daly on Frasier. He has earned coin through appearances on several other TV series, including Everybody Loves Raymond, Modern Family, and Veep, as well as films like Sleepless in Seattle, The Birdcage, and Bad Santa.
A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, he was last seen appearing as Ladislav Sipos in the 2016 Broadway revival of She Loves Me.
3 Edward Hibbert - $3 million
Gil Chesterson was the host of a show called Restaurant Beat on KACL. He was a pompous and effeminate food critic. The English-American actor also does voice work, including voicing Zazu in The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride and The Lion King 1 ½. He also works as a literary agent.
Acting since the ‘80s, he has appeared in TV series, movies, and on Broadway. As a literary agent and partner in the agency Donadio & Olson, Inc., he managed authors like Chuck Palahniuk, Christopher Bram, and Ed Sikov, and has represented film rights for top movies like Fight Club. His last acting appearance was in an episode of Netflix series Grace and Frankie.
2 Patrick Kerr - $10 million
Kerr played the recurring role of Noel Shempsky, a geeky Trekkie who worked at KACL and had a crush on Roz. He has also appeared in iconic series like Curb Your Enthusiasm, ER, Seinfeld, Friends, and Law & Order; and worked on Broadway, debuting in 2014 in the remake of You Can’t Take It with You alongside James Earl Jones.
He also starred as Zazu in Disney’s The Lion King for its entire run at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
1 Bebe Neuwirth - $10 million
Reprising her role from Cheers as Frasier’s uptight wife Lilith on this series (now his ex-wife), Neuwirth played the “ice queen” character perfectly. In real life, Neuwirth is not only an actor who has worked on television, in movies, and on Broadway, but is also a singer and dancer. She played Morticia Addams in 2010’s The Addams Family and appeared as Velma Kelly in the revival of Chicago back in 1996. That role earned her a Tony Award.
Her latest television appearances include the series Madam Secretary and Blue Bloods, and she also had a guest role on The Good Wife spin-off The Good Fight.