Frasier Star John Mahoney Passes Away at 77

Phillip Cunningham
February 7, 2018

"Frasier" star John Mahoney passed away at the age of 77.

Actor John Cusack was among those who paid tribute, writing on Twitter: "He made everyone around him better and happier each day".

John Mahoney, who played the father on NBC's hit show "Fraiser", died Sunday.

John Mahoney (centre) is pictured in 2010 following the screening of "Flipped" at the Hilbert Circle Theatre in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement Monday night: "Even as his fame grew through his fantastic work in movies and television, John stayed connected to his artistic home here in Chicago in theaters and as a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company". He won a Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) award for this role.

Born in Blackpool in 1940 to a family evacuated from wartime Manchester, Mahoney later emigrated to the U.S. where he was granted citizenship after service in the military, according to a biography on online entertainment database IMDb.

He moved to the USA as a teenager, joining the military which helped him become an American citizen. Beginning his acting career in theatre in the 1970s, he joined Steppenwolf Theatre on the suggestion of actor John Malkovich, eventually winning a Tony Award for his performance in John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves in 1986.

Mahoney was a distinguished voice actor, appearing in many films fans may never have realised starred the thespian.

Kelsey Grammer's Frasier and David Hyde Pierce's Niles, both psychiatrists with lofty views of their own intellect, squabbled constantly with their dad but, when needed, the family closed ranks. "We were all blessed to have spent 11 glorious years together".

But it was his performance as Marty Crane, the retired Seattle homicide cop in "Frasier", for which Mahoney was best remembered.

His more than three decades-long career in film saw him appear in movies such as The American President, Moonstruck and Say Anything.

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