Vale: John Mahoney

Veteran US actor John Mahoney, best known for Frasier, has died.

Veteran US actor John Mahoney, best known for Frasier, has died aged 77.

He died in Chicago on Sunday while in hospice care.

Mahoney (pictured right) played Martin Crane, the father of Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce’s characters, on 11 seasons of Frasier from 1993 to 2004. He won a SAG Award and received two Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nods for his portrayal.

In more recent years, he had a recurring role on Hot in Cleveland, which he appeared on from 2011 to 2014 as Roy, the love interest of Betty White’s character, Elka.

UK born Mahoney worked in film for more than 35 years, including in The American President, Say Anything, Tin Men, Moonstruck, The Hudsucker Proxy and Eight Men Out and voicing animated characters in Antz and Atlantis. There were also stage roles, winning won a Tony Award in 1986.

TV credits included Cheers, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Chicago Story, In Treatment, Tracey Takes On, Becker and ER.

No doubt pooch Eddie will miss his master…. goodnight Seattle.

Source: Variety

15 Responses

  1. Sad news indeed. I loved the ep where Marty took a job as an overnight security guard. Great slapstick scenes of him – bored out of his brain – launching himself in an office chair using a fire extinguisher, only to later cause a fire and being unable to put it out. RIP.

  2. Oh that is so sad and such a shock. He played such a vital part of the chemistry that made Frasier the mega critical and popular hit it was. I remember him from key movie roles and then he popped up on Frasier and he will forever be Marty Crane. There were some lovely poignant moments where his versatility and gravitas contrasted nicely with the light banter and often wordy word play. His timing was impeccable. I can imagine the ensemble would have been tight and they are all devastated.

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