âFrasierâ Star John Mahoney Dies at 77
By Kirsten Chuba
John Mahoney, best known for playing Martin Crane on 11 seasons of
âFrasier,â died in Chicago on Sunday while in hospice care, his manager,
Paul Martino, confirmed. He was 77.
Mahoney played the father of Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierceâs characters
during the showâs run on NBC from 1993 to 2004. He won a SAG Award and
received two Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations for his work on
âFrasier.â He was also a mainstay of Chicagoâs theater community and a
Tony winner in 1986 for his work on Broadway in John Guareâs âThe House of
From 2011 to 2014, Mahoney had a recurring role on âHot in Clevelandâ as
Roy, the love interest of Betty Whiteâs character, Elka. He was much praised
for his performance as an anguished CEO in psychological counseling on Season 2
of HBOâs âIn Treatmentâ in 2009.
Producer Greg Berlanti credited Mahoney with allowing him to secure a greenlight
for his first feature, the 2000 romantic comedy âThe Broken Hearts Club.â
âHe never wavered in his belief in me â a first time director,â Berlanti
said via Twitter. âAnd he was even more kind than he was brilliant.â
Mahoney worked in film for more than 35 years, appearing in classics like âThe
American President,â âMoonstruck,â âIn the Line of Fire,â and âSay
Anything,â along with voicing animated characters in the âAntzâ and
âAtlantisâ films. He also had guest spots in a number of TV shows including
âCheers,â the forerunner of âFrasierâ (although he played a different
character), and â3rd Rock from the Sun.â
Born in Blackpool, England, the actor started his career in theater and
continued to return to the stage, appearing in âPrelude to a Kissâ on
Broadway and âThe Outgoing Tideâ and âThe Birthday Partyâ in Chicago
after âFrasierâ ended.
He came to the U.S. at age 19 and taught English at Western Illinois University;
Mahoney was already in his late thirties when he began working with Chicagoâs
Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble, which needed an actor who could play older roles.
Mahoney never married and had no children.