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The Late Dr. Crane is the 8th episode of Season 7 of Frasier.


NEWS FLASH! REPORTS OF FRASIER'S DEATH ARE GREATLY EXAGGERATED -- When a man temporarily poses as Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and suddenly drops dead, local media reports lament the popular radio host's "passing," but the embarrassing mixup allows Frasier to read his own obituary and ponder his life's unfulfilled hopes and dreams. Meanwhile, Niles (David Hyde Pierce) confronts the prohibitively expensive plastic surgeon (guest star Jane Adams) who re-puttied his ex-wife's face -- but he is so entranced when he meets her that he allows the doctor to work her magic on his own mug.


Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Crane
Jane Leeves as Daphne Moon
David Hyde Pierce as Niles Crane
Peri Gilpin as Roz Doyle
and John Mahoney as Martin Crane

Special Guest Star

Jane Adams as Mel Karnofsky[1]

Guest starring

Rob Leo Roy as Phil


John P. Farley as Records Clerk
Mary Jo Smith as Nurse
Chariesse LaVelle as News Anchor
Susan Merson as Woman in Café
Lauren Cohn as Orderly


  • The news announcing Frasier's death lists his birth year as 1952. Kelsey Grammer was actually born in 1955 making him younger than his character.

Notes and references

  1. First appearance of Mel Karnofsky. Mel is the last serious relationship Niles has before he gets together with Daphne in the season finale