John Mahoney: British-born Frasier actor dies aged 77

John Mahoney: British-born Frasier actor dies aged 77

John Mahoney: British-born Frasier actor dies aged 77

On "Frasier" - perhaps his most famous role - Mahoney's character was the father of Kelsey Grammer's character, Frasier, and his brother Niles, played by David Hyde Pierce.

In Frasier, the hit Cheers spinoff that aired from 1993 to 2004, Mahoney played Martin Crane, a disabled ex-policeman who parked himself in a battered old armchair in Frasier's chic Seattle living room. He was nominated for two Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes for the role.

A latecomer to acting, he began learning his craft on stage aged 40 and won a Tony award for best featured actor in a play in 1986.

The Steppenwolf canceled Monday's scheduled performance in honor of Mahoney. The theatre invited ticketholders to gather at the venue for a moment of silence. After working as an editor at a medical journal, he took up acting in the mid-1970s, and was brought into Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 1977. This led him to NY, where he won a Theatre World Award for his role in an off-Broadway production of "Orphans".

Born in Blackpool, England, in 1940, Mahoney made a decision to move to the U.S.at age 19 after visiting his war bride sister in the states.

He died in a Chicago hospice, TMZ is reporting, citing his publicist.

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Kelsey Grammer's Frasier and David Hyde Pierce's Niles, both psychiatrists with lofty views of their own intellect, squabbled constantly with their dad but, when needed, the family closed ranks.

"I've not known a kinder man nor more brilliant actor", wrote Frasier casting director Jeff Greenberg.

He served in the U.S. army for three years before becoming a citizen and receiving a bachelor's degree from Quincy College in IL.

Peri Gilpin, who played Roz Doyle in Frasier, tweeted a photo of Mahoney singing at her wedding.

The Washington Times reported that Mahoney never married and had no children.

He also had roles in "Say Anything", "Reality Bites", "Barton Fink", "Moonstruck", "Tin Men" and "Eight Men Out".

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