ACTOR John Mahoney, who portrayed the no-nonsense father in TV sitcom Frasier, has died in Chicago at the age of 77, his long-time theatre company said yesterday.
John Mahoney (centre) is pictured in 2010 following the screening of "Flipped" at the Hilbert Circle Theatre in Indianapolis, Indiana.
For 11 years, from 1993 to 2004, Mahoney played the blue-collar, retired-cop foil to Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce, his dandy and effete sons on the NBC hit show.
Prior to his role in Frasier Mahoney appeared in many films including Say Anything, In the Line of Fire, Tin Men, Reality Bites, The Hudsucker Proxy, Primal Fear, Moonstruck, Suspect, Frantic, The Russia House, She's the One, Barton Fink and The American President.
Mahoney was born in Blackpool, where his pregnant mother had been evacuated to escape Nazi bombing raids. He served in the U.S. army for three years, which he credited with eradicating his native British accent.
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"I give up nothing (professionally) by being in Chicago", said Mahoney, who at the time was preparing to begin rehearsal on a Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of "The Herd". His publicist confirmed the news to TMZ, while his the theatre group to which he belonged, Steppenwolf, made a statement on social media. He voiced characters in many classic animated features including The Iron Giant, Antz, Atlantis: The Lost Empire as well as the follow-up Atlantis: Milo's return.
Tributes to the actor have been pouring in. "A wonderful actor, I'll never forget his 1985 performance in Orphans".
"I thought, I'm going to [join] more to learn than anything else, to be on stage with John [Malkovich], Laurie Metcalf, Joan Allen, Gary Sinise, Gary Cole and all these wonderful actors that I so admired.I don't know if I would have had a career had I not joined".
Mahoney's longtime manager, Paul Martino, said Monday that Mahoney died Sunday in Chicago after a brief hospitalization. "We were all blessed to have spent 11 glorious years together".
Director Greg Berlanti hailed Mahoney for being "so kind and supportive of me early in my career", and helping him to greenlight the movie "The Broken Hearts Club".
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