Frasier's Peri Gilpin leads tributes to co-star John Mahoney

John Mahoney

Mahoney, a veteran actor best known for his role as Martin Crane in the TV comedy series Frasier, died in the USA on Sunday.

Variety reports that Mahoney died on Sunday while in hospice care in Chicago.

"He was a child of Manchester, England, and wartime evacuee to Blackpool on the Lancashire coast", the Chicago Tribune says.

Born in Blackpool, England, Mahoney came to the US when he was 19.

First, he studied at Quincy University, Illinois, before joining the United States Army to speed up the USA citizenship process, which he received citizenship in 1959. He taught English at Western Illinois University before somehow successfully transitioning into acting in his late 30s.

His Broadway debut, as Artie Shaughnessy in John Guare's comedy The House of Blue Leaves (Plymouth theatre, 1986-87), won him a Tony award.

As well as starring in Frasier, he was also involved in many films throughout his life, including two films directed by the Coen Brothers - Barton Fink and The Hudsucker Proxy.




On television, his credits included Hot in Cleveland, In Treatment and ER.

Steppenwolf cancelled its opening night Monday for the play You Got Older to honor Mahoney, who most recently starred in their production of The Rembrandt.

Kelsey Grammer is mourning the loss of his TV dad.

Mahoney, who was on the NBC sitcom for its entire 11-year run from 1993 to 2004, nabbed two Emmy nominations, losing to Pierce in 1999 and Brad Garrett ("Everybody Loves Raymond") in 2003, and two Golden Globe nominations, losing to Beau Bridges ("The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom") in 1994 and to Robert Downey Jr. He won a Screen Actors Guild Award with the "Frasier" cast in 2000.

USA actress Peri Gilpin, who appeared alongside him throughout Fasier's 263 episodes, tweeted a picture of Mahoney singing at her wedding, adding: "Watch Moonstruck, Say Anything and/or Frasier or anything you can with him in it and raise a glass to John".

"Though he will be missed, his work and impact will endure for generations to come".

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