10 Highest-paid TV Actors of All Time

Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer’s supporting role in the TV hit “Cheers” was so beloved that the actor scored a lead role in the Emmy-winning “Frasier.” NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images

Analyze this: In the mid-1980s to early 1990s, Kelsey Grammer had a sweet supporting role as psychiatrist Frasier Crane on the hit NBC series "Cheers." Originally scheduled for a four-episode guest appearance, Grammer's character was a hit and became a regular. When "Cheers" ended in 1993, "Frasier" was born.

The audience loved the show, and so did the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. "Frasier" received 107 Emmy nominations and 37 awards, including ones for outstanding comedy show and comedy writing. Grammer personally won four Emmys for his portrayal of the long-suffering, insufferable call-in radio host [source: Television Academy]. NBC couldn't help but give him a raise — to the tune of $1.6 million an episode for the 2002 and 2003 seasons. The pay bump netted Grammer about $75 million for the show's final two years [source: Adalian]. Turns out, this analysis is easy: That's a whole lotta money.