"Frasier" Star Leeves Gives Birth

Frasier's Jane Leeves and her hubby Marshall Coben welcomed a baby boy on December 19

By Josh Grossberg Jan 15, 2004 6:00 PMTags

Frasier star Jane Leeves and her hubby, Marshall Coben, added another one to the brood, giving birth to a baby boy on December 19, E! has confirmed.

No word what the tyke weighed on the scales but the name's a mouthful: Finn William Leeves Coben.

This is the second child for the 42-year-old Leeves and the 48-year-old Coben. The twosome, who have been married seven years, rocked the cradle in January 2001, when Leeves gave birth to a baby girl named Isabella Kathryn Coben. That pregnancy wasn't written into Frasier unlike this one.

The English performer is best known to tube audiences as Daphne Moon, the kooky physical therapist of John Mahoney and Niles' wife on the long-running NBC sitcom, which is wrapping up its run after eleven seasons and five straight Best Comedy Emmys from 1994 to 1998.

Peacock executives had considered trying to eek out one more year of Frasier, but ultimately the cost of producing another season was prohibitive enough that both NBC and Paramount Network Television decided to let Dr. Frasier Crane & Co. go gently into that TV Land goodnight and head for reruns.

NBC has scheduled Frasier's final episode for May 13--a Thursday night--as opposed to the "Must See" TV mainstay's Tuesday night timeslot. The goodbyes will kick off with a one-hour retrospective of Frasier's eleven seasons and conclude with a one-hour series finale.

Between babies and Frasier, in 2002 Leeves took to the stage to play Sally Bowles in the successful Broadway revival Caberet. With Frasier coming to an end, the thespian, who originally started out as a ballerina, is now beginning to set her sights on films. Last year, she nabbed a plum role in the indie drama, The Event, opposite Parker Posey and Sarah Polley. She also recently hatched her own production company, Bristol Cities, with Frasier co-star Peri Gilpin

Coben meanwhile is an executive at Paramount Network Television.