John Mahoney, actor and Frasier star, dies aged 77

Posted February 07, 2018

John Mahoney spent 11 seasons as the cantankerous Martin Crane on NBC's Frasier, and it's been reported that the actor died Sunday in Chicago.

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.

"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.

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Mahoney appeared in the series - which, of course, starred Camille's ex-husband Kelsey Grammer - from 1993 to 2001. He moved to the United States at 19, becoming a USA citizen in 1959 and settled in IL under his sister's sponsorship. For some years, he was also the editor of a medical journal.

Mahoney only began acting professionally in his forties, after he joined the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

The 77-year-old actor's loss inevitably left a mark on celebrities and fans alike, and many, including his former co-stars and other performers who looked up to him, took to their Twitter accounts to share emotional messages paying tribute to the late actor.

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Frasier ended in 2004, and the actor returned to Broadway in Prelude To A Kiss.

In movies, Mahoney earned recognition in Tin Men in 1987 alongside Richard Dreyfuss. Recently, he also had a recurring role on Hot in Cleveland, where he played a love interest of Betty White. He lent his voice to such animated films as Antz (1998), The Iron Giant (1999) and Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001). Remember him well." Wendie Malick, whose character Ronee married Martin in the sitcom's final episode, posted a picture of herself and John on set, and tweeted: "John Mahoney was not only a brilliant actor on stage & screen, but a ideal gentleman.

His final screen appearance, in 2015, was his first in a British TV drama - Foyle's War, as an ailing, bed-bound former Texas oil tycoon.

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