Wednesday, June 19, 2024

RIP: The Great John Mahoney, of “Frasier” and “Moonstruck” Fame, Dies at Age 77


John Mahoney, the great character actor who played Frasier and Niles’ Crane’s dad, Martin, has died at age 77.

Mahoney was nominated for two Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes for his role as Martin, Frasier’s blue collar father with a twinkle in his eye who always knew more than he let on.

Mahoney was born in England but became American when his family moved here in 1959. Although he didn’t start acting until he was 37, Mahoney came to prominence with the Steppenwolf theater group in Chicago, where he appeared in countless plays. He finally hit it big playing the man who flirts with Cher’s mom (Olympia Dukakis) in John Patrick Shanley’s 1987 movie, “Moonstruck.”

He won a Tony Award in 1986 for John Guare’s play, “The House of Blue Leaves.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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