Veteran Stage and Screen Actor John Mahoney Dies at 77

Nick Sanchez
February 7, 2018

John Mahoney, best known for his role as Martin Crane on NBC's long-running hit sitcom Frasier, has died at the age of 77.

A year earlier, in 1951, he had travelled to IL to visit his sister Vera - who had married an American sailor during the war - and the United States made such an impression on him that he returned eight years later under her sponsorship.

But it is for his role as loveable curmudgeon Martin Crane in Frasier that he will be best remembered.

"It is with our deepest sorrow that we share the news that ensemble member of 39 years John Mahoney passed away due to complications from cancer while in hospice care on Sunday", Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre announced via Twitter.

Mahoney was born in Blackpool, England, in 1940 but moved to IL after WWII. After briefly working as a teacher, he became editor of a technical publication, The Journal for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals.

David Hyde Pierce, who played his son Niles and who won the 1999 Golden Globe over Mahoney, said in his acceptance speech at the time: "The greatest honor the Academy has ever given me, is to put me in the same category with John Mahoney".

He frequently appeared on stage with Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre and, in 1986, won a Tony Award for his Broadway performance in John Guare's The House Of Blue Leaves, playing a zookeeper with ambitions of becoming an actor. Mahoney starred in the Broadway revival of the play Prelude to a Kiss, as well as the plays Better Late and The Outgoing Tide at the Northlight Theatre in IL. More recently, he had a recurring role as Betty White's love interest in Hot in Cleveland. He also played in Moonstruck, Say Anything and Barton Fink. He was also in the popular films Say Anything and Reality Bites.

Mahoney's last TV appearance was in Foyle's War in 2015, where he played Andrew Del Mar.

The humble actor Mahoney, once said he misses theatre and wouldn't regret anything if he never came on camera again.

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