John Mahoney, The Actor Who Performed Frasier's Dad, Has Died Aged 77

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February 7, 2018

Variety reports that Mahoney died on Sunday while in hospice care in Chicago.

Martin Crane was known for having his four-legged sidekick Eddie, a Jack Russell who never left his side. He met John Malkovich, the founder of the theater, in 1977 and was invited to join the troupe.

His family was evacuated to Blackpool from the Mahoneys' home city of Manchester, when it was heavily bombed during the Second World War.

He was homesick at first but studied at Quincy College, then joined the U.S. army to speed up his application for citizenship before gaining a master's degree in English from Western Illinois University.

Kelsey Grammer is mourning the loss of his TV dad. He won a Tony Award for best featured actor in for his performance in a revival of John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves in 1986.


Mahoney's film breakthrough came with the part of Moe Adams, Richard Dreyfuss's hospitalised mentor, in the comedy Tin Men (1987), directed by Barry Levinson.

The Coen Brothers chose Mahoney for the role of WP Mayhew in Barton Fink (1992) because of his resemblance to William Faulkner.

Mahoney's voice may also be recognizable to younger generations, as he recorded dialogue for several animated movies in the late 90s and early 2000s, including Antz, The Iron Giant, and Atlantis: The Lost Empire.

Mahoney played the role of Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and Niles (David Hyde Pierce) Crane's father from 1993 to 2004 and was nominated for two Emmy and two Golden Globe awards for his work on the show.

Cheers star Ted Danson told Rolling Stone that "John could do anything as an actor; he was so nimble". Recently, he also had a recurring role on Hot in Cleveland, where he played a love interest of Betty White. Remember him well." Wendie Malick, whose character Ronee married Martin in the sitcom's final episode, posted a picture of herself and John on set, and tweeted: "John Mahoney was not only a brilliant actor on stage & screen, but a ideal gentleman.

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