"Frasier," the NBC-TV sitcom already associated with class, refinement and style, gets Brian Bedford, a classic actor and Tony Award winner, as a guest Feb. 10.
The Valentine's Day-themed episode, called "Out With Dad," is Bedford's first appearance on "Frasier," though he did work with star Kelsey Grammer in the TV series, "Cheers."
Bedford took home a Tony Award for a Broadway revival of The School for Wives, and was nominated for Timon of Athens, London Assurance, Two Shakespearean Actors and The Moliere Comedies.
In the episode, Martin (John Mahoney) says he is gay to wriggle out of a romantic situation with the mother of a woman Frasier has his eye on. The women set up Martin with a gay uncle, Edward, played by Bedford. NBC ads are billing the show as an instant classic.
In summer 2000, Bedford play Tartuffe with the Stratford Festival in Ontario, his artistic base for many years. The Bedford "Frasier" episode appears 9 PM (ET) on NBC-TV. Check local listings for time in your area.
-- By Kenneth Jones