John Mahoney, 'Frasier' Star, Dead at 77

Ebony Scott
February 7, 2018

Mahoney continued to live in IL throughout his career and had appeared in over 30 productions for the Steppenwolf Theatre. The series aired from 1993 to 2004 and earned Mahoney two Emmy nominations for his role as the opinionated, fussy, and very likable Martin Crane. He won numerous acting accolades, including nominations for Emmys and Golden Globes.

After a decade of theatrical roles and small parts in films and television, Mahoney was cast in Frasier as Martin Crane, a widowed ex-police officer whose cranky, blue-collar manner was often in comic conflict with the cultured pretensions of his sons, a pair of psychiatrists played by Grammer and David Hyde Pierce.

Mahoney was raised in Manchester, England, and studied at the storied Stretford Children's Theatre and St. Joseph's College. He joined the USA army to speed up his citizenship application, and later taught English at University.

He was encourage to pursue a career in acting after meeting John Malkovich in a Chicago acting class, who urged him to join the Steppenwolf theatre company.

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John Cusack, who starred with John in "Say Anything", was one of the first to pay tribute on Twitter this morning to his co-star friend. 'John was a beloved member of our Steppenwolf family who was known for his extraordinary kindness, generosity of spirit and quick smile.

He played Preston Whitmore in Atlantis: The Lost Empire, provided several voices in Antz and performed at General Rogard in The Iron Giant. "A wonderful actor, I'll never forget his 1985 performance in Orphans".

Mr Mhoney's publicist told TMZ that the 77-yr-old actor passed away Sunday in hospice care after an illness. It must have been a very, very deep dissatisfaction with my life and the way it was going, the realization that I had to do something or I was just going to be a miserable, complaining, crabby old man. "We were all blessed to have spent 11 glorious years together".

Director Greg Berlanti tweeted that Mahoney had been "so kind and supportive of me early in my career", helping to get the film The Broken Hearts Club made.

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