Frasier’s cranky dad, John Mahoney dies at 77, tributes pour in on Twitter
John Mahoney, who as the cranky, blue-collar dad in Frasier played counterpoint to pompous sons Frasier and Niles, has died at age 77.tv Updated: Feb 06, 2018 11:26 IST
John Mahoney, who as the cranky, blue-collar dad in Frasier played counterpoint to pompous sons Frasier and Niles, has died at age 77.
The actor died Sunday in Chicago after a brief hospitalization, Paul Martino, his manager for more than 30 years, said Monday. The cause of death was not immediately provided.
In Frasier, the hit Cheers spinoff that aired from 1993 to 2004, Mahoney played Martin Crane, a disabled ex-policeman who parked himself in a battered old armchair in Frasier’s chic Seattle living room.
Martin’s beloved dog, Eddie, also took up residence to annoy Frasier, played by Kelsey Grammer.
Mahoney, a British native who made Chicago his home town, was a two-time Emmy nominee for Frasier and won a 1986 Tony Award for The House of Blue Leaves.
His recent credits included a recurring role as Betty White’s love interest on Hot in Cleveland and a 2015 episode of Foyle’s War.
John Mahoney was 37 when he started acting.— John Ross Bowie (@JohnRossBowie) February 6, 2018
Go do that thing you’re thinking about. #RIP
I was so honored to work with the legendary John Mahoney on "The Broken Heart’s Club." I was so nervous because "Say Anything" is one of my favorite films ever. He could not have been a kinder man. #RIPJohnMahoney pic.twitter.com/DFp8Dpj6uz— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) February 6, 2018
John Mahoney’s talent, realized late in life, was undisputed, but there was something more to his roles: a quiet humanity, maybe. Something identifiable in each part. He might be my favorite actor. Seeing him on screen, I think, instantly calmed a movie down.— Ben Mankiewicz (@BenMank77) February 6, 2018
He was Dad to Frasier and Niles (AND Diane Court) but also a Father figure to us all. Rest In Peace, John Mahoney! https://t.co/Bj25Ppd4n6— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) February 6, 2018
Our old friend and Steppenwolf theatre colleague John Mahoney passed away yesterday. So many wonderful plays together over the years. A wonderful actor I’ll never forget his 1985 performance in Orphans (Chicago and New York).— Gary Sinise (@GarySinise) February 6, 2018
Only met John Mahoney once, but it was as star struck as I get. His credit card gets declined in Say Anthing is a whole acting class.— Thomas Lennon (@thomaslennon) February 6, 2018
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