The Tony-winning actor also appeared in such films as ‘Tin Men,’ ‘Moonstruck’ and ‘Eight Men Out.’
John Mahoney, best known as Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce’s irascible 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 retired cop, Mahoney received two supporting actor Emmy nominations for his work on the 1993-2004 NBC hit.
A former Midwestern medical-magazine editor who quit his day job at nearly 40 to study acting in Chicago, Mahoney had taught English at Western Illinois University in the early 1970s.
He became a fixture at Chicago’s fabled Steppenwolf Theatre and soon ventured to the New York stage. He distinguished himself in an off-Broadway production of Orphans, for which he received a Theatre World Award.
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