Frasier star John Mahoney dies aged 77
John Mahoney, best known for his role as Martin Crane in hugely successful sitcom Frasier, has died at the age of 77.
Mahoney died on Sunday (February 4th) in Chicago where he had been in hospice care.
Born in Blackpool in 1940, Mahoney moved to the US as a young man, serving in the US army for three years, before pursuing a career in publishing. It wasn't until age 37 that he began to pursue acting after actors John Malkovich and Gary Sinise invited him to join the new Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago.
Mahoney was best known for his role in Frasier as Martin Crane, the no-nonsense father to narcissistic psychiatrist brothers Kelsey Grammar's Frasier and David Hyde Pierce's Niles. The show ran for 11 seasons from 1993 to 2004 and is widely regarded as one of the best in sitcom history.
As well as this, Mahoney also had key roles in Primal Fear, Antz and The Iron Giant.
Tributes have been paid to Mahoney, including Ben Stiller, Gary Sinise and Cameron Crowe, you can read a selection of the tributes below:
Our old friend and Steppenwolf theatre colleague John Mahoney passed away yesterday. So many wonderful plays together over the years. A wonderful actor I’ll never forget his 1985 performance in Orphans (Chicago and New York).— Gary Sinise (@GarySinise) February 6, 2018
The great John Mahoney passed away today at age 77. I've not known a kinder man nor more brilliant actor. We were all blessed to have spent 11 glorious years together. pic.twitter.com/hn3SZwuEy4— Jeff Greenberg (@JeffGreenbergCD) February 5, 2018
Only met John Mahoney once, but it was as star struck as I get. His credit card gets declined in Say Anthing is a whole acting class.— Thomas Lennon (@thomaslennon) February 6, 2018
Mixture of pure kindness and purer talent. John Mahoney was the best. RIP https://t.co/ztAZWu99Jm— Richard Schiff (@Richard_Schiff) February 6, 2018
I was so honored to work with the legendary John Mahoney on “The Broken Heart’s Club.” I was so nervous because “Say Anything” is one of my favorite films ever. He could not have been a kinder man. #RIPJohnMahoney pic.twitter.com/DFp8Dpj6uz— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) February 6, 2018