John Mahoney, star of Frasier, dead at 77

John Mahoney, star of Frasier, dead at 77

Mahoney played the hilariously blunt, lowbrow father to Kelsey Grammer's title character for eleven seasons of television, earning two Golden Globe nominations and two Emmy nominations.

His manager, Paul Martino, announced the death but did not provide a cause. He was a long-time member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, where he starred in a number of plays before and after his run on Frasier.

John Mahoney, who has died in Chicago, was born in Blackpool, England.

Mahoney played the father of Kelsey Grammer's Frasier and David Hyde Pierce's Niles. After a decade of stage work, Mahoney began appearing in movies in 1982.

Born in Blackpool, England, he came to the United States aged 19 after his sister who was living in IL sponsored him.

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Most recently, he had a recurring role in TV Land's Hot In Cleveland, where he appeared as Roy in six episodes between 2011 and 2014. The actor had never married.

In 1986, Mahoney won a Tony Award for Best Actor in "The House of Blue Leaves".

The actor told the Associated Press in a 2015 interview that he fell in love with Chicago after visiting the IL city as a student. It must have been a very, very deep dissatisfaction with my life and the way it was going, the realization that I had to do something or I was just going to be a miserable, complaining, crabby old man. "For someone to take the time to share that work ethic and to share that kindness onset sets and example that like, we can do it too", said Gabriel Ruiz, who worked with Mahoney.

"Chicago is always home", Mahoney once said, according to NBC Chicago.

"John's impact on this institution, on Chicago theatre, and the world of arts and entertainment is great and will endure", Madeline Long, a spokeswoman for the theater, said in an emailed statement. On Monday night the company cancelled the scheduled opening night performance of it's current production You Got Older out of respect for the actor.

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