John Mahoney, actor in Frasier - obituary

10/99 Kelsey Grammer Peri Gilpin Jane Leeves John Mahoney and David Hyde Pierce stars in the NBC series

After a decade of theatrical roles and small parts in films and television, Mahoney was cast in Frasier as Martin Crane, a widowed ex-police officer whose cranky, blue-collar manner was often in comic conflict with the cultured pretensions of his sons, a pair of psychiatrists played by Grammer and David Hyde Pierce. Mahoney's turns in films like Moonstruck, Say Anything...

Born in Manchester in 1940, he was evacuated during the Second World War to Blackpool, Lancashire. He then moved to the United States as a young man and served in the US Army for three years. After briefly working as a teacher, he became editor of a technical publication, The Journal for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals.

John Mahoney was approaching the age of 40 when he made a decision to chuck in his safe and secure job - complete with a generous pension - to see if he had it in him to become an actor. As a voice actor, Mahoney had roles in Antz, Atlantis: The Lost Empire and The Iron Giant. He also continued to act on the stage until 2017 when he played his last role in The Rembrandt.

Mahoney's rep confirmed his death to ET on Monday, which happened in Chicago on Sunday "after a short illness".




"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.

John was intensely private about his personal life, but is thought to have never married, despite previously claiming to have been in several relationships. At the age of 11, he visited his sister - a war bride living in IL - and returned to Chicago eight years later under his sister's sponsorship, becoming a U.S. citizen in 1959.

Frasier casting director Jeff Greenberg also saluted the late actor on Twitter, calling Mahoney an exceptionally kind man and a brilliant actor.

Kelsey Grammer is mourning the loss of his TV dad.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Maldives declares state of emergency: Former president, Supreme Court judges arrested
Feb 07, 2018 - 01:25
The opposition leader also urged the U.S. to stop Maldives government officials from making transactions through American banks. The state of emergency gives security forces enhanced powers to make arrests, and means public gatherings are banned.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 'Black Panther' Review: Wakanda (and Ryan Coogler) Forever
Feb 07, 2018 - 01:24
The first reviews are in and critics are going insane for Black Panther . "When Black Panther works, it's thrillingly alive". Jordan of Creed ), an ex-US military agent who knows more than he is letting on about the mystical Wakandan way of life.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Lawyers Say Assange Warrant is Worthless, Court to Decide
Feb 07, 2018 - 01:20
The investigation and charges in Sweden were dropped a year ago , but Assange's British arrest warrant remains outstanding. The judge said that if Assange wanted the warrant lifted he should surrender to authorities and come to court .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Iran: US threatening Russian Federation with new nuclear weapons
Feb 07, 2018 - 01:07
According to SIPRI data, Russian Federation has 7,000 nuclear weapons while the United States follows closely with 6,800. President Donald Trump commissioned a review of nuclear-weapons policy a week after taking office.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Poland's President Says He Will Sign Controversial Holocaust Bill
Feb 07, 2018 - 01:05
Tillerson referred to Poland as "our strong ally", and acknowledged that terms like " Polish death camps" were "painful and misleading".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top High doses of cellphone radiation linked to some cancers in rats
Feb 06, 2018 - 15:00
To make his point, he pointed out in a later interview, "I am actually holding my cellphone up to my ear". This advice was echoed by Dr Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Adam Lallana sent off for wild choke hold in Under 23s
Feb 06, 2018 - 14:58
It was pretty ridiculous from such an experienced player and, rather unsurprisingly, the ref showed him a straight red card. Liverpool lost the match 1-0, finishing with nine men after George Johnston was also dismissed after a second yellow.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top YSRCP protests against Centre! Mudslinging on TDP outside Parliament
Feb 06, 2018 - 14:49
On 23 January, Thackeray had declared that the Sena, another NDA constituent, would fight the next round of elections alone. The Telugu Desam Party-BJP coalition is letting the party leaders' mind rambling in varied directions.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ireland take late win over France in Six Nations
Feb 06, 2018 - 14:46
Included in the Leinster contingent is lock James Ryan , who will make his Six Nations debut on Saturday. The side will be once again captained by the vastly-experienced hooker Rory Best who wins his 107th cap.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Rajasthan Bypolls: Congress clinches all three seats from ruling BJP
Feb 06, 2018 - 14:38
In Alwar where BJP won by 2.84 lakh votes in 2014, the pendulum has swung the other way to give Congress a 1.95 lakh win. The BJP suffered a devastating blow as it faced a complete rout in five byelections held in Rajasthan and West Bengal.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top TDP not to break alliance with BJP
Feb 05, 2018 - 06:25
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu called the party meeting to decide the next course of action. He said that the TDP MPs would demand a special package for AP, new railway zone and funds for Polavaram project.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Shooting in central Italy targets foreigners from Africa
Feb 05, 2018 - 06:21
Five men and one woman were among those shot, Mayor Romano Carancini told Sky TG24, all of whom were black "foreign nationals". Macerata's mayor has advised citizens to keep inside Saturday while at the same time the suspects remain at-large.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top China accuses U.S. of 'Cold War mentality'
Feb 05, 2018 - 06:18
A critical element of US nuclear deterrence, it is reaching the end of it's useful life after 33 years in service. Modifying some submarine-launched nuclear warheads to give a lower-yield detonation.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Iranian ladies arrested whereas protesting headband regulation
Feb 04, 2018 - 02:03
Men in Iran too have joined the protests and are now waving white flags in support of women's freedom of choice. Mohaved attracted attention during the demonstrations when a video of her protesting went viral.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Meghan Markle Wears Chic Pantsuit For First Evening Engagement With Prince Harry
Feb 04, 2018 - 01:59
Ever since the announcement of their engagement in November, Harry and Markle, who are set to tie the knot at St. Markle's choice of wearing a McQueen ensemble could be another hint of her good relationship with Middleton.