Kelsey Grammer opens up about his parenting regrets (exclusive)

Kelsey Grammer wishes he had shown up more as a dad.

The 63-year-old actor shared with ET’s Courtney Tezeno some of his parenting regrets ahead of the premiere of his new Netflix film, Like Father, which is now available on the streaming service.

“I think, if I’m not with my kids, honestly I regret that, but I know that’s part of life and I need to do my job as a person too and set a good example for them,” the father of seven -- whose kids range in age from 1 to 34 -- said. “... You have to show up more. You know if you don’t show up you don’t stay in people’s consciousness.” 

The Cheers star also admitted that he had a hard time balancing his personal and professional lives when he was younger. The actor shares his eldest daughters, Spencer, 34, and Greer, 26, with exes Doreen Alderman and Barrie Buckner, while his two teenage children, Mason, 16, and Jude, 13, are shared with ex-wife, Camille Grammer.

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NEW YORK - JUNE 13: Actor Kelsey Grammer and Camille Grammer attends the 64th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 13, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 18: Camille Grammer and Kelsey Grammer attends the opening of 'La Cage Aux Folles' on Broadway at the Providence on April 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/WireImage)
MIAMI - FEBRUARY 06: Kelsey Grammer and Camille Grammer arrive at NFL owners party at Viceroy Miami on February 6, 2010 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 30: Camille Grammer and actor Kelsey Grammer attend the 6th Annual Roots Jam Session at Key Club on January 30, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
�2009 GAMEPIKS Kelsey Grammer and his wife Camille sit courtside as they attend the Los Angeles Lakers/Dallas Mavericks NBA game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on October 30, 2009. The Mavericks defeated the Lakers 94-80. XYZ (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
Kelsey Grammer and wife Camille Grammer arrive for the Cirque Du Soleil Opening Night Gala For Kooza at Santa Monica Pier on October 16, 2009 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29: Actor Kelsey Grammer (L) and his wife Camille Grammer visit 'Late Show with David Letterman' at the Ed Sullivan Theater on September 29, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jeffrey Ufberg/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Camille Grammer, Mason Olivia Grammer and Kelsey Grammer arrives on the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Fame' at the Pacific Theatre at The Grove on September 23, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/WireImage)
MALIBU, CA - AUGUST 29: Actor Kelsey Grammer, Camille Donatacci, a guest and Fred Segal attend Fred Segal's birthday charity event and auction at a Private Residence on August 29, 2009 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
Kelsey Grammer, Camille Donatacc (right) and daughter, Mason Olivia attend the 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' premiere at Ziegfeld Theatre on July 9, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK - JULY 09: Andrew Saffir, Camille Grammer, and actor Kelsey Grammer attend an after party following a screening of '500 Days Of Summer' hosted by The Cinema Society with Brooks Brothers and Cotton at the Soho Grand Hotel on July 9, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 19: (R) Actor Kelsey Grammer and wife Camille Grammer look on during the Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Actor Kelsey Grammer and Camille Donatucci attend Walk-of-Fame Star Reception on May 2, 2001 at the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Kelsey Grammer and Camille Donatucci attend Marc Anthony Hosts 'Jaquar's Tribute to Style' on March 18, 2001 at the Barker Hanger at the Santa Monica Airport in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Kelsey Grammer and Camille Donatucci attend 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 21, 2001 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Kelsey Grammer and Camille Donatucci attend 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on November 4, 2001 at the Shubert Theater in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Kelsey Grammer and Camille Donatucci attend 20th Annual St. Jude Gala Dinner on March 2, 2000 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Kelsey Grammer and Camille Donatucci attend 27th Annual American Music Awards on January 17, 2000 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Kelsey Grammer and Camille Donatucci attend 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 12, 1999 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Kelsey Grammer and Camille Donatucci attend 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 24, 1999 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Kelsey Grammer and Camille Bonatucci attend 20th Annual Carousel of Hope Ball on October 23, 1998 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Kelsey Grammer and Camille Bonatucci attend 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 13, 1998 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Kelsey Grammer and Camille Donatucci attend Eighth Annual Fire & Ice Ball on December 3, 1997 at the Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Kelsey Grammer and Camille Donatucci attend 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 14, 1997 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Kelsey Grammer and Camille Donatucci sighted on May 4, 1997 at the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Kelsey Grammer and Camille Donatucci attend Third Annual Screen Actors Guild of America Awards on February 23, 1997 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 24: Camille Donatacci and Kelsey Grammer attends the premiere of 'Australia' at the Ziegfeld Theater on November 24, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
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“I hadn’t quite discovered the idea that you can take the luxury of making sure your personal life is fulfilling at the same time your professional life is [when I was younger],” he confided. “...Sometimes, one or the other is sacrificed a bit, but hopefully you achieve a balance with that and your kids are able to understand that, ‘Yeah dad worked and we’re glad he did.’”

The Frasier star went on to talk about his marriage to Kayte Walsh, with whom he shares three of his children -- Faith, 6, Kelsey, 4, and Auden, 1. While the couple has been married since 2011, the relationship is not without its pet peeves

“My wife has this habit of… never let a person entering the room not turn into an opportunity to have something done,” Grammer joked. “Whenever anybody walks into the room, Kate will think of something they should do. And it just drives me crazy. I’m like, ‘I was just passing through.’ [And she says,] ‘Were you going to put the kettle on?’ ‘Oh, did you say you were going to make me a cup of coffee?’ ‘Oh, the baby needs changed.’”

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