`Good´ Frasier star John Mahoney dies aged 77

`Good´ Frasier star John Mahoney dies aged 77

Mahoney took the role of Martin Crane, the ex-cop father to Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce's characters in NBC's sitcom Frasier in 1993. Other film credits include Eight Men Out (1988), Say Anything (1989), Reality Bites (1994) and Dan in Real Life (2007).

Mahoney was born in Manchester, England, in 1940.

He then moved to the U.S. after the war and made a career teaching.

He was living in Chicago, where he was employed as the editor of The Journal for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals. From there he went on to the film industry. He was nominated for two Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes for the role.

John Mahoney passed away today at age 77.

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He also famously appeared on The Simpsons alongside his Frasier co-stars, Kelsey Grammer and Hyde Pierce, playing Robert Terwilliger, Sr. - the father of Sideshow Bob (played by Grammer) and Cecil Terwilliger (Hyde Pierce).

The Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago said Mahoney, who was a member of the ensemble for 39 years, died Sunday due to complications from cancer while in hospice care.

Mahoney's voice may also be recognizable to younger generations, as he recorded dialogue for several animated movies in the late 90s and early 2000s, including Antz, The Iron Giant, and Atlantis: The Lost Empire. The cause of death was not immediately provided.

"While Frasier, with his overextended ego and sharp line in cod psychology, and Niles, his effete brother, cracked their knowing, snobbish jokes, it was Martin, the retired Seattle cop, who provided the show's soul", says The Daily Telegraph. Remember him well." Wendie Malick, whose character Ronee married Martin in the sitcom's final episode, posted a picture of herself and John on set, and tweeted: "John Mahoney was not only a brilliant actor on stage & screen, but a ideal gentleman. At the age of 11, he visited his sister - a war bride living in IL - and returned to Chicago eight years later under his sister's sponsorship, becoming a USA citizen in 1959. And Frasier casting director Jeff Greenberg wrote on his Twitter: "I've not known a kinder man nor more brilliant actor".

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