Entertainment TV John Mahoney, cranky dad on Frasier, dies at 77

John Mahoney, cranky dad on Frasier, dies at 77

John Mahoney, acting as Martin Crane, on the set of Frasier. Photo: AAP
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John Mahoney, who as the cranky, blue-collar dad in Frasier played counterpoint to pompous sons Frasier and Niles, has died at age 77.

The actor died on Sunday in Chicago after a brief hospitalisation, said Paul Martino, his manager for more than 30 years.

The cause of death was not immediately provided.

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.

Martin’s beloved dog, Eddie, also took up residence to annoy Frasier, played by Kelsey Grammer.

Tributes to the late TV star described him as a “wonderful man”, with actor John Cusack, who starred alongside Mahoney in the 1989 film Say Anything, described him as a “lovely kind human” who always “left you feeling better” any time you saw him.

Some highlighted the fact Mahoney only started acting – in theatre productions to begin with – at the age of 37, citing it as proof you could pursue your dreams at any age.

Actor, writer and director David Schneider described Mahoney as, “the perfect comic actor because you saw no acting”.

Mahoney, a British native who made Chicago his home town, was a two-time Emmy nominee for Frasier and won a 1986 Tony Award for The House of Blue Leaves.

His recent credits included a recurring role as Betty White’s love interest on Hot in Cleveland and a 2015 episode of Foyle’s War.

Mahoney never married and had no children.


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