‘Frasier’ Star John Mahoney Dies at 77

Beloved “Frasier” star John Mahoney died Sunday, Variety reported. He was 77.

John Mahoney, a veteran character actor best known for playing the curmudgeonly dog-loving father of the title character in TV’s “Frasier,” has died. (Credit: Matt Sayles / AP)

Mahoney was best known for his role as Martin Crane. He played the role of Frasier and Niles’ father for 11 seasons. Mahoney was nominated for an Emmy twice for the role. He won a SAG award for his role on the show.

He also had roles in “Flipped,” “Barton Fink,” “Say Anything” and “Hot in Cleveland,” among others. Mahoney worked in film and television for more than three decades.

Mahoney also worked in theater. He was an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago for 39 years, the theater said in a tweet.

The theater, which also announced Mahoney’s death, said it canceled its opening Monday night performance of “You Got Older,” in Mahoney’s honor.

The actor was awarded a Tony in 1986 for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his role in “The House of Blue Leaves.”

He had been ill for a short time and died while in hospice care in Chicago, Wendy Morris told CNN.

Frasier casting director Jeff Greenberg mourned Mahoney’s loss on Twitter.

“I’ve not known a kinder man nor more brilliant actor,” Greenberg said. “We were all blessed to have spent 11 glorious years together.”

In a tweet, actor Gary Sinise, who also performed at Steppenwolf, called Mahoney “a wonderful actor.”

“It was a great pleasure to know him and work with him,” Sinese tweeted.

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