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 was American. 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 Cher’s father in John Patrick Shanley’s 1987 movie, “Moonstruck.” His “date” in the movie was played by Olympia Dukakis, whose real life husband, actor Louis Zorich, passed away last week.
He won a Tony Award in 1986 for John Guare’s play The House of Blue Leaves.