Beloved Frasier star John Mahoney has passed away in hospice care in Chicago last Sunday, Feb. 4. The actor was 77 years old.
Mahoney's publicist Paul Martino confirms the news, according to The Hollywood Reporter. His death came after a short illness. The renowned actor never married nor had children.
Late Stage And Film Success
Mahoney already had a career as a magazine editor when he decided to quit his job to act professionally at almost 40 years old. He joined Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, which eventually led him to New York.
Before becoming a fixture on television, the actor took the stage by storm, notably with his role in Orphans, which earned him a Theatre World Award.
He also won the prestigious Tony Award for his role in The House of Blue Leaves in 1986. He continued to pursue theater even post-Frasier with his last appearance in the 2017 run of Steppenwolf's The Rembrandt.
Mahoney also ventured to the big screen with films such as Say Anything, Tin Men, Eight Men Out, Moonstruck, and many others.
Despite his success in both stage and the big screen, Mahoney is best known for his iconic role in NBC sitcom Frasier. For 11 seasons, the British-born actor delighted audiences worldwide as the lovable Martin Crane, the father of the titular character Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and his brother Niles Crane (David Hyde Pierce).
The actor won a SAG Award for his role in the hit television series, along with two Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nominations over his tenure from 1993 to 2004.
Most recently, Mahoney appeared as a recurring character and Betty White's love interest in Hot in Cleveland.
Industry Mourns A Legend
With a few decades of acting experience under his belt, Mahoney has left a mark to fellow professionals in the industry from costars and executives to Frasier fans and comics.
"He was a sweet gentle soul, with a twinkle in his eye," former NBC Entertainment president Warren Littlefield tells Variety. "You just wanted to be near him. There was something emanating from his body that was so warm and wonderful. That was John."
Actors chime in on social media to second the executive's tribute to Mahoney including Say Anything costar John Cusack, The Broken Hearts Club costars Zach Braff and Dean Cain, fellow Steppenwolf Theatre alum Gary Sinise, and many more.
Great actor - lovely kind human -any time you saw him you left feeling better - RIP John … https://t.co/jHXPHm1dEb
— John Cusack (@johncusack) February 5, 2018
Sorry to hear of the passing of #JohnMahoney Such a talented actor and wonderful man. RIP, my friend. pic.twitter.com/6EJwcdwJco — Dean Cain (@RealDeanCain) February 5, 2018
I was so honored to work with the legendary John Mahoney on “The Broken Heart’s Club.” I was so nervous because “Say Anything” is one of my favorite films ever. He could not have been a kinder man. #RIPJohnMahoney pic.twitter.com/DFp8Dpj6uz
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) February 6, 2018
Our old friend and Steppenwolf theatre colleague John Mahoney passed away yesterday. So many wonderful plays together over the years. A wonderful actor I’ll never forget his 1985 performance in Orphans (Chicago and New York). — Gary Sinise (@GarySinise) February 6, 2018
John Mahoney. The perfect comic actor because you saw no acting. What a legacy: the argument with Frasier when they act Jewish, saying “love ya” to his mate but not his kids, the Daphne impression etc etc. Genius. RIP.
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) February 5, 2018
RIP John Mahoney! Great actor — Viola Davis (@violadavis) February 6, 2018
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) February 6, 2018
Here's to you, John Mahoney! You make the unforgettable look easy. @johncusack, @ioneskye1, @canyonjim pic.twitter.com/jB1PTQmUaQ — Cameron Crowe (@CameronCrowe) February 6, 2018
I have looked up to #JohnMahoney for so many years for so many reasons. He has always been an inspiration to me. He will continue to be.
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) February 6, 2018
Only met John Mahoney once, but it was as star struck as I get. His credit card gets declined in Say Anthing is a whole acting class. — Thomas Lennon (@thomaslennon) February 6, 2018
It is with our deepest sorrow that we share the news that ensemble member of 39 years John Mahoney passed away. Tonight’s opening night performance of You Got Older has been cancelled. We are instead inviting all to gather in Front Bar this evening. All are welcome to join us. pic.twitter.com/k8yrrR7ICA
— Steppenwolf Theatre (@SteppenwolfThtr) February 6, 2018