John Mahoney, Frasier & Niles Dad On 'Frasier,' Dies At 77

Actor John Mahoney, who portrayed the no-nonsense father in the TV sitcom "Frasier", has died in Chicago at the age of 77, his longtime theater company said Monday.

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 USA made such an impression on him that he returned eight years later under her sponsorship.

John Mahoney Played Frasier's Martin Crane.

The character actor was born in England, but moved to the United States at the age of 19 to teach English at a college in IL, according to Variety. After briefly working as a teacher, he became editor of a technical publication, The Journal for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals.

Mahoney's portrayal of Martin earned him two Emmy nominations, two Golden Globe nominations and a Screen Actors Guild award.

First he acted on Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre stage, gaining recognition in the theater world. He also won a Tony Award in 1986 for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in John Guare's American Playhouse: The House of Blue Leaves. Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce, who played Frasier and brother Niles in the show, have yet to publicly comment on John's death.


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

Mahoney's film breakthrough came with the part of Moe Adams, Richard Dreyfuss's hospitalised mentor, in the comedy Tin Men (1987), directed by Barry Levinson.

Most recently, Mahoney had a six-episode stint on the TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland and appeared on the British drama series, Foyle's War. Mahoney's turns in films like Moonstruck, Say Anything...

John appeared in about 30 movies, including five as a voice actor for animated movies Antz and The Iron Giant.

John was intensely private about his personal life, but is thought to have never married, despite previously claiming to have been in several relationships.

  • Gwendolyn Kim