Actor was best known for playing Frasier's dad

Actor was best known for playing Frasier's dad

Actor was best known for playing Frasier's dad

Most widely recognized as the face of Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce's father on Frasier, Mahoney brought warmth to an otherwise grumpy, sarcastic character.

"While Frasier, with his overextended ego and sharp line in cod psychology, and Niles, his effete brother, cracked their knowing, snobbish jokes, it was Martin, the retired Seattle cop, who provided the show's soul", says The Daily Telegraph.

Variety reports that Mahoney died on Sunday while in hospice care in Chicago. The cause of death was not immediately provided.

Mahoney's portrayal of Martin earned him two Emmy nominations, two Golden Globe nominations and a Screen Actors Guild award.

He was joined in 193 episodes by Eddie, Marty's beloved terrier.

Most recently, Mahoney had a six-episode stint on the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland and appeared on the British drama series, Foyle's War. On the big screen, he was in "The American President", "Eight Men Out" and "Tin Men", with 2007's "Dan in Real Life" starring Steve Carell among his last movie credits.

Born in Blackpool in 1940 to a family evacuated from wartime Manchester, Mahoney later emigrated to the U.S. where he was granted citizenship after service in the military, according to a biography on online entertainment database IMDb.

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In a 2015 interview, Mahoney recounted memories of huddling in an air raid shelter and playing among bombed-out houses. "Remember him well", Gilpin said.

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. He visited Chicago as a college student and fell in love with it.

Prior to becoming a theater actor in the late 1970s, Mahoney worked as an editor and, dissatisfied with his career, began taking acting classes at age 37.

The theater canceled Monday's scheduled performance in honor of Mahoney, according to an outgoing phone message that said he had been an ensemble member since 1979.

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Lynn Elber is an Associated Press writer.

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