John Mahoney, the cranky dad from “Frasier,” dead at 77

Tony-winning actor John Mahoney has passed away. TMZ broke the news that the 77-year-old died on February 4th in Chicago while in hospice care. An official cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

Mahoney is best-known for playing Martin Crane on the successful show, Frasier. For eleven years, he played the father of Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce’s characters. He won a SAG Award and was nominated for two Emmys and two Golden Globes for his portrayal according to the Washington Times.

The New York daily News wrote he began his career as a stage actor. He won another Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his role in The House of Blue Leaves by playwright John Guare. The English-born Mahoney returned to the stage after Frasier ended, taking a role in the revival of Prelude to a Kiss on Broadway.

He didn’t only love acting on Broadway; he had many supporting roles in major films such as Tin Men, Moonstruck, Eight Men Out, Barton Fink, and Say Anything. Mahoney appeared most recently in a recurring role on TV Lands show Hot in Cleveland.

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