British Actor, John Mahoney, Dies In Chicago Hospital At 77 Years Old
Hollywood mourns another loss. A famous American actor, John Mahoney, known by playing a family patriarch Martin Crane on the NBC comedy “Frasier”, died on Sunday, February 4th after beating cancer twice.
The British actor,77, was born in 1940 in Blackpool, Lancashire, England. He started his career on stage but then moved to film and television. For his role in “Fraser”, he was nominated for an Emmy award and for two Golden Globe awards. Mahoney appeared on big screen playing roles in films, like Moonstruck, Tin Men, and Say Anything.
The actor’s death was confirmed by his publicist on Monday. He said:
I am sad to confirm the Sunday, February 4th death of actor John Mahoney after a short illness in Chicago, Illinois. The family will issue a statement at a later date.
Kelsey Grammer, who played Mahoney’s son in “Fraser” for 11 years, provided a concise but heartfelt response to his death:
He was my father. I loved him.
John Mahoney was also remembered by his co-star Jane Leeves, who played Daphne Moon on the NBC sitcom. She said:
John was the dearest sweetest man I have ever known. His wicked sense of humor, usually whispered in your ear or spoken just loud enough that only you could hear could bring you to tears. And his smile. Oh my god. He was lit from within.
Among Mahoney’s many mourners was John Cusack, who played with Mahoney in the 1989 film, Say Anything.
He always said - it took him a long time to find out what he loved - and he loved performing - he was so happy to be there - he made everyone around him better and happier each day - blessed to know him https://t.co/d7UKnCzB6c
— John Cusack (@johncusack) February 6, 2018
Many other stars also paid tribute to the talented actor:
It was a great pleasure to know him and work with him. From Moira and I, Rest In Peace old friend. pic.twitter.com/qONXgv6GVv
— Gary Sinise (@GarySinise) February 6, 2018
I have looked up to #JohnMahoney for so many years for so many reasons. He has always been an inspiration to me. He will continue to be.❤️
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) February 6, 2018
— Bruno Amato (@BrunoAmato_1) February 6, 2018
— Dean Cain (@RealDeanCain) February 5, 2018
John Mahoney. The perfect comic actor because you saw no acting. What a legacy: the argument with Frasier when they act Jewish, saying “love ya” to his mate but not his kids, the Daphne impression etc etc. Genius. RIP.
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) February 5, 2018
Devastated by the loss of John Mahoney who was so kind and supportive of me early in my career when we made The Broken Hearts Club...
— Greg Berlanti (@GBerlanti) February 6, 2018
The British native, who found his home in Chicago, spent the final months of 2017 doing what he loved the most – acting. He appeared in his last play The Rembrandt.