John Mahoney, a Cantankerous Dad on 'Frasier,' Dies during 77

The Tony-winning actor also seemed in such films as ‘Tin Men,’ ‘Moonstruck’ and ‘Eight Men Out.’

John Mahoney, best famous as Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce’s passionate dad, Martin Crane, on Frasier, has died. He was 77.

An Englishman, Mahoney died Sunday in his adopted hometown of Chicago, publicist Paul Martino told The Hollywood Reporter.

Playing a curmudgeonly late cop, Mahoney perceived dual ancillary actor Emmy nominations for his work on a 1993-2004 NBC hit.

A former Midwestern medical-magazine editor who quit his day pursuit during scarcely 40 to investigate behaving in Chicago, Mahoney had taught English during Western Illinois University in a early 1970s.

He became a tie during Chicago’s legendary Steppenwolf Theatre and shortly ventured to a New York stage. He renowned himself in an off-Broadway prolongation of Orphans, for that he perceived a Theatre World Award.

Mahoney won a Tony Award in 1986 for his opening in a reconstruction of John Guare’s The House of Blue Leaves. The prolongation was videotaped for PBS’ Theatre in America series.

In 2007, he was behind on Broadway in a reconstruction of Prelude to a Kiss.

In movies, Mahoney garnered approval in Barry Levinson’s Tin Men (1987), personification Richard Dreyfuss’ business partner. The same year, he was noted in Moonstruck as a vexed college highbrow who frequently had affairs with his students.

His other film credits embody a opening as a hearing decider in Suspect (1987), as a manager of a White Sox in Eight Men Out (1988) and as a protecting father beleaguered by John Cusack’s seductiveness in his daughter in Say Anything (1989).

Although he was offering countless array after Frasier, Mahoney changed behind to Illinois in 2003 and began behaving again with a Steppenwolf company, initial starring as Tom Garrison in I Never Sang for My Father. The following year, he played Sir in The Dresser.

His melodic wail was tangible in voice work on such charcterised films as Antz (1998), The Iron Giant (1999) and Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001).

John Mahoney was innate on Jun 20, 1940, in Blackpool, England, where his family had been evacuated following a Nazi bombing of Manchester. He grown an early seductiveness in acting, fasten a Stretford Youth Theatre.

After World War II, he ventured to Illinois, where his comparison sister lived as a fight bride. He complicated during Quincy University and, to speed adult his citizenship application, enlisted in a U.S. Army and, not surprisingly, mislaid his British accent.

(He could straightforwardly call adult that accent, though, as when he tweaked Daphne Moon (Jane Leeves), his English therapist and housekeeper, on Frasier.)

In Chicago, Mahoney fast renowned himself, winning roles in such works as The Misanthrope, The Price, What a Butler Saw and The Water Engine. In 1977, he met actor John Malkovich, a owner of a Steppenwolf Theatre, and was invited by him to join a troupe.

At Steppenwolf, Mahoney thrived, behaving in such productions as The Hothouse, And a Nightingale Sang, Loose Ends, Of Mice and Men, Balm in Gilead and Death of a Salesman.

Fittingly, one of Mahoney’s initial TV credits was for a partial on NBC’s Chicago Story in 1982. More recently, he had a repeated purpose as Betty White’s adore seductiveness on Hot in Cleveland.

His film résumé also enclosed The Russia House (1990), Love Hurts (1990), Barton Fink (1991), In a Line of Fire (1993), The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), Reality Bites (1994), The American President (1995), She’s a One (1996) and Dan in Real Life (2007).

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