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Charles John Mahoney
John Mahoney
(June 20, 1940 – February 4, 2018) was an English-American actor of stage, film, and television. Born in Blackpool, England, U.K., Mahoney started his acting career on the stage in 1977, and moved into film in 1980. He was best known for playing the blue-collar patriarch Martin Crane in the American sitcom Frasier, which aired on NBC
NBC
from 1993 to 2004. In addition to his film and television work, Mahoney also worked as a voice actor and was particularly passionate about his stage work on Broadway and in Chicago
Chicago
theatre.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Early work 2.2 Frasier 2.3 Voice acting 2.4 Post-Frasier

3 Personal life 4 Death 5 Filmography

5.1 Film 5.2 Television

6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Mahoney was born in the Bispham area of Blackpool, England on June 20, 1940, the seventh of eight children. His paternal grandfather was Irish Catholic.[4][5] The family had been evacuated to Blackpool
Blackpool
from the Mahoneys' home city of Manchester, when it was heavily bombed during the Second World War. He started school at St Joseph's College, Blackpool. After the war, the family moved back to Manchester. Mahoney grew up in the Withington
Withington
area of the city and discovered acting at the Stretford Children's Theatre. His father Reg was a baker[6] who played classical piano, and his mother Margaret (née Watson) was a housewife who loved reading. His parents' marriage was not happy and they either would not speak to each other or have heated arguments. The family situation, combined with the war, fueled Mahoney's interest in acting and he vowed to leave Manchester.[7][8] Mahoney moved to the United States aged 18 in March 1959[9] when his older sister Vera, a war bride living in rural Illinois, agreed to sponsor him. He studied at Quincy University, Illinois, before joining the United States Army. After graduating from Quincy, he lived in Macomb, Illinois, and taught English at Western Illinois
Illinois
University in the early 1970s,[10] before settling in Forest Park, Illinois, and later in Oak Park, Illinois. He became a US citizen in 1971[11] and served as editor of a medical journal through much of the 1970s.[10] Career[edit] Early work[edit] Dissatisfied with his career, Mahoney took acting classes at St. Nicholas Theatre, which inspired him to resign from his day job and pursue acting full-time. After a stage production in Chicago
Chicago
in 1977, John Malkovich
John Malkovich
encouraged him to join the Steppenwolf Theatre.[12][13] He did so and went on to win the Clarence Derwent Award as Most Promising Male Newcomer. Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise
said in an interview for Bomb Magazine that Lyle Kessler's play Orphans "kicked John Mahoney, Kevin Anderson and Terry Kinney off into the movie business"[14] after their Steppenwolf performance of the play for which he won the Derwent Award and the Theatre World Award.[15] Mahoney won Broadway's Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves.[16] Mahoney's first major film role was in the 1987 Barry Levinson
Barry Levinson
film Tin Men. He went on to have prominent roles in a number of acclaimed films throughout the late 1980s and 1990s, including Moonstruck, Eight Men Out, Say Anything..., In the Line of Fire, Reality Bites, and The American President.[16][17][10] He appeared in two Coen brothers films, Barton Fink[18] and The Hudsucker Proxy.[19] Frasier[edit] Main article: Martin Crane Mahoney appeared in Frasier
Frasier
from its debut in 1993 until the final episode in 2004; Mahoney received two Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nominations for the role of Martin Crane, the father of Frasier Crane and Niles Crane. NBC
NBC
executives held Mahoney in such high esteem that Warren Littlefield
Warren Littlefield
declared he was pre-approved when the Frasier creative team suggested casting him as the father.[20] Prior to appearing on the series, Mahoney had appeared in an episode of Cheers – from which Frasier
Frasier
was a spin-off – as an inept jingle writer who has a brief conversation with Frasier. Mahoney also appeared as a priest in Becker, which starred Cheers
Cheers
star Ted Danson. Voice acting[edit]

Mahoney voice acting on September 7, 2007

Mahoney's first voice job was in W. B. Yeats' "The Words upon the Window-Pane" for the award-winning National Radio Theater of Chicago. He provided the voices for several characters in Antz
Antz
(1998), Preston Whitmore in Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Atlantis: Milo's Return, General Rogard in The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant
(1999), and Papi in Kronk's New Groove (but was succeeded by Jeff Bennett in The Emperor's New School for an unknown reason). In 2007, Mahoney provided the voice of Dr. Robert Terwilliger, Sr. (Sideshow Bob's father) in The Simpsons episode "Funeral for a Fiend." This reunited him with his Frasier co-stars Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer
(Sideshow Bob) and David Hyde Pierce
David Hyde Pierce
(Cecil, Sideshow Bob's brother). Post-Frasier[edit] Mahoney co-starred as the Old Man in the Broadway revival of Prelude to a Kiss at the American Airlines Theater in a limited-run engagement running from previews on February 17, 2007, through to April 29, 2007.[21][22] He appeared as an elderly drag queen in the ER season 13 episode "Somebody to Love," and co-starred with Steve Carell
Steve Carell
(himself a veteran of Chicago
Chicago
theatre) as the father of Carell's character in Dan in Real Life. In March 2008, he opened in the world premiere of Better Late at the Northlight Theatre.[23] He was also the narrator for Midwest Airlines commercials. Mahoney also made two appearances on USA's Burn Notice
Burn Notice
in the second (2009) and third (2010) season finales. His character, referred to only as "Management," is a senior intelligence agency official who is the apparent main mover of the conspiracy which blacklisted Michael Westen.[24][25] Mahoney joined the cast of In Treatment for the series' second season (2009) as a frenetic CEO who is overwhelmed by his personal and professional responsibilities and experiences chronic physical anxiety attacks. In 2010, he made a guest appearance on $#@! My Dad Says as homophobic retired naval officer Lt. Commander Wally Durham. Despite the numerous successes throughout his career, Mahoney has maintained that his early work in Lyle Kessler's play Orphans has "affected people more than any other play I've ever done. I still get mail from it, I still get people stopping me on the street, and it's 20 years later."[26] Beginning in April 2011, Mahoney began rehearsing The Outgoing Tide, a new play by Bruce Graham at Northlight Theatre in Skokie, Illinois (suburban Chicago). The play also stars fellow Chicago
Chicago
actors Rondi Reed and Thom Cox. In 2011, he had two guest appearances on Hot in Cleveland as Roy, a waiter and a love interest for Betty White's character Elka.[27] This reunited him with his Frasier
Frasier
co-star Jane Leeves, as well as Wendie Malick
Wendie Malick
whose character he eventually married in Frasier
Frasier
and his co-star in the movie The American President. Mahoney was a featured ensemble cast member in The Birthday Party, playing in Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre
Steppenwolf Theatre
from January 24 to April 28, 2013.[28] Mahoney portrayed his last role in the play The Rembrandt, from September to November 2017.[29] Personal life[edit] Along with David Hyde Pierce, Mahoney was godfather to Frasier
Frasier
co-star Jane Leeves' son Finn.[30] Mahoney rarely spoke publicly about his private life,[7] but in a 2002 article he revealed he had been in several relationships, although he had never married, citing his parents' unhappy marriage as something he feared he would repeat.[8] He suffered from colon cancer in the mid-1980s and felt unable to have sex following a colostomy.[31] His Catholic faith was at the center of his life and work.[32][33] Mahoney lived in Oak Park, Illinois.[8] Death[edit] Mahoney died in a Chicago
Chicago
hospice on February 4, 2018, of complications from throat cancer, originally diagnosed in 2014. He was 77 years old. According to his friend Anna Shapiro: "He was fragile and he was supposed to be having a routine procedure. But having just beat Stage 3 throat cancer, I think he was just too weak… By the time he did The Rembrandt he was clean of cancer... But other health issues came up and he was just too fragile.”[34][35][36][37][38] Kelsey Grammer, who played Dr. Frasier
Frasier
Crane, remembered Mahoney, who played his TV dad, Martin Crane, with a poignant photo and an emotional statement. “He was my father. I loved him,” the actor wrote on Twitter, accompanied by a photo of the two embracing.[39] In a statement Jane Leeves
Jane Leeves
called Mahoney, “the dearest sweetest man I have ever known.”[40] Frasier
Frasier
co-star Peri Gilpin stated, "John singing at my wedding. Watch Moonstruck, Say Anything and/or Frasier
Frasier
or anything you can with him in it and raise a glass to John."[41] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1982 Mission Hill Michael Doyle

1985 Code of Silence Prowler Representative

1986 The Manhattan Project Lt. Col. Conroy

Streets of Gold Linnehan

1987 Suspect Judge Matthew Bishop Helms

Tin Men[16] Moe Adams

Moonstruck Perry

1988 Frantic Williams, U.S. Embassy Official

Betrayed Shorty

Eight Men Out[16] William "Kid" Gleason

1989 Say Anything...[17] James Court

1990 Love Hurts Boomer

The Russia House Brady

1991 Barton Fink[18] W. P. Mayhew

1992 Article 99 Dr. Henry Dreyfoos

1993 In the Line of Fire[17] Sam Campagna

Striking Distance Capt. Vince Hardy

1994 A Hard Rain Ross Stewart Short film

Reality Bites[17] Grant Gubler

The Hudsucker Proxy[19] Chief

1995 The American President[16] Leo Solomon

1996 Primal Fear[17] Shaughnessy

She's the One Mr. Fitzpatrick

Mariette in Ecstasy Dr. Claude Baptiste

1998 Antz[17] Grebs Voice

1999 The Iron Giant General Shannon Rogard

2000 The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy Jack

2001 Almost Salinas Max Harris

Atlantis: The Lost Empire[17] Preston B. Whitmore Voice

2003 Atlantis: Milo's Return Whitmore

2005 Kronk's New Groove Papi

2007 Dan in Real Life[16] Poppy

2010 Flipped Chet Duncan

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1982 Chicago
Chicago
Story Lt. Roselli 13 episodes

1985 Lady Blue Capt. Flynn TV movie

1986 Trapped in Silence Doctor Winslow TV movie

1987 Saturday Night Live Fast Eddie Felson / Paul Newman Episode: "Charlton Heston/Wynton Marsalis"

1987 American Playhouse Artie Shaughnessy Episode: "The House of Blue Leaves"

1988 Favorite Son Lou Brenner Episode: "Part One"

1990 The Image Irv Mickelson TV movie

1990 H.E.L.P. Chief Patrick Meacham 6 episodes

1991 The 10 Million Dollar Getaway Jimmy Burke TV Movie

1992 The Human Factor Dr. Alec McMurtry 5 episodes

1992 The Water Engine Mason Gross TV movie

1992 Screenplay Walter Partin Episode: "Buying a Landslide"

1992 Cheers Sy Flembeck Episode: "Do Not Forsake Me, O' My Postman"

1992 Unnatural Pursuits Paddy Quinn Episode: "I Don't Do Cuddles"

1993–2004 Frasier Martin Crane 263 episodes Screen Actors Guild Award
Screen Actors Guild Award
for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2000) Nominated– Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film (1994, 2001) Nominated– Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1999, 2003) Nominated–Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Comedy Series (1998, 2000) Nominated– Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2001) Nominated– Screen Actors Guild Award
Screen Actors Guild Award
for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (1995–1999, 2001–2004) Nominated–TV Guide Award for Supporting Actor of the Year in a Comedy Series (2001)

1995 Biography Narrator Episode: "Al Capone: Scarface"

1996 3rd Rock from the Sun Dr. Leonard Hamlin Episode: "Body & Soul & Dick"

1997 Tracey Takes On... Jeffrey Ayliss Episode: "Childhood"

1998 Nothing Sacred Vince Reyneaux Episode: "The Coldest Night of the Year"

2000 Becker Father Joe D'Andrea Episode: "Crosstalk"

2000 Teacher's Pet Narrator / Tim Tim Tim (voice) Episode: #1.12

2003 Gary the Rat Steele (voice) Episode: "Strange Bedfellows"

2005 Fathers and Sons Gene TV movie

2006 ER Bennett Cray Episode "Somebody to Love"

2007 Mobsters Narrator Episode: "Al Capone"

2007 The Simpsons Dr. Robert Terwilliger, Sr. (voice) Episode: "Funeral for a Fiend"

2009 In Treatment Walter Barnett 7 episodes Nominated–PRISM Award for Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline

2009, 2010 Burn Notice Management 2 episodes

2010 $#*! My Dad Says Lt. Col. Wally Durham Episode: "The Manly Thing to Do"

2011, 2014 Hot in Cleveland Roy 6 episodes

2015 Foyle's War Andrew Del Mar Episode: "High Castle"

References[edit]

^ In U.S. Naturalization papers, he signed his name "Charles John Mahoney" ^ " John Mahoney
John Mahoney
obituary". The Guardian. February 6, 2018. Retrieved February 6, 2018.  ^ "The Rembrandt".  ^ Dobson, Charlotte (6 February 2018). " Frasier
Frasier
actor John Mahoney's early life in Greater Manchester". Manchester
Manchester
Evening News.  ^ Gorman, Sophie (June 29, 2014). "Sitcom star John Mahoney
John Mahoney
all set for festival return". The Irish Independent. Retrieved December 16, 2014.  ^ " John Mahoney
John Mahoney
(Martin Crane)". Personal.umich.edu. Retrieved October 14, 2012.  ^ a b Kogan, Rick (May 17, 1996). "The Curse of John Mahoney". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 27, 2014.  ^ a b c Lane, Harriet (August 4, 2002). "Take a chance on me". The Guardian. Retrieved March 27, 2014.  ^ Illinois, Federal Naturalization Records, 1856-1991 for Charles John Mahoney, Petition Number: 479030 ^ a b c Matthew Dessem (2018) "Actor John Mahoney
John Mahoney
Has Died at 77", Slate, February 6, 2018; accessed February 7, 2018. ^ Northern District, Illinois, Naturalization Index, 1926-1979. Name: Charles John Mahoney
John Mahoney
Age: 31 Birth Year: 1940 Naturalization Year: 1971 Naturalization Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA ^ Chris Jones (2018) "John Mahoney, Steppenwolf and 'Frasier' actor who walked away from Hollywood, dead at 77" Chicago
Chicago
Tribune, 5 February 2018. Accessed 5 February 2018. ^ Julie Miller (2018) "John Mahoney, Beloved Frasier
Frasier
Father, Dies at 77", Vanity Fair, 5 February 2018. Accessed 6 February 2018. ^ Loud, Lance. "BOMB Magazine: Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise
by Scott Elliott". Bomb. Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2012.  ^ "In 1986". Steppenwolf.org. Retrieved October 14, 2012.  ^ a b c d e f Associated Press (2018) "John Mahoney, Who Played Cranky Dad on 'Frasier,' Dies at 77" The New York Times, 6 February 2018. Accessed 6 February 2018. ^ a b c d e f g "John Mahoney, who played Frasier's Martin Crane, dies aged 77" The Guardian, 8 February 2018. Accessed 8 February 2018. ^ a b Christoper Orr (2014) "30 Years of Coens: Barton Fink", The Atlantic, September 11, 2014. Accessed February 6, 2018. ^ a b Christoper Orr (2014) "30 Years of Coens: The Hudsucker Proxy", The Atlantic, September 12, 2014. Accessed February 6, 2018. ^ Levine, Ken (December 15, 2010). "How Frasier
Frasier
Came to Be". Kenlevine.blogspot.com. Retrieved October 14, 2012.  ^ The Broadway League. "Internet Broadway Database: ''Prelude to a Kiss''". Ibdb.com. Retrieved October 14, 2012.  ^ "Mahoney, Parisse, Tudyk to Headline Roundabout's ''Prelude to a Kiss''". Broadway.com. August 1, 2012. Retrieved October 14, 2012.  ^ "Northlight Theatre set for The Outgoing Tide". Theatre in Chicago. Associated Press. April 20, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2012.  ^ "ACTUAL ARTICLE TITLE BELONGS HERE!". usanetwork.com. October 8, 2012. Retrieved October 14, 2012.  ^ Sepinwall, Alan (June 23, 2011). "Review: 'Burn Notice' – 'Company Man': Back in from the cold?". hitfix. Retrieved October 14, 2012.  ^ "Associate Artistic Director Curt Columbus Speaks With Kevin Anderson and John Mahoney
John Mahoney
Watch & Listen Steppenwolf Theatre Company". Steppenwolf.org. Retrieved February 22, 2012.  ^ Rousseau, Caryn (March 14, 2014). "After 'Frasier,' John Mahoney happy to be back in roles onstage". The Columbus Dispatch. John F. Wolfe. Retrieved November 21, 2014.  ^ "The Birthday Party". Archived from the original on April 24, 2013.  ^ "The Rembrandt". Steppenwolf.  ^ " Frasier
Frasier
Finale 10th Anniversary: The Cast Then and Now". musicnewshq.com.  ^ " John Mahoney
John Mahoney
- Interview". April 1, 2008. Retrieved February 6, 2018.  ^ The God Factor: Inside the Spiritual Lives of Public People Cathleen Falsani, Author . Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux (272p) ISBN 978-0-374-16381-5 ^ https://aleteia.org/blogs/deacon-greg-kandra/rip-john-mahoney-ive-always-prayed-to-the-holy-ghost-for-wisdom-understanding-and-knowledge/ ^ "Steppenwolf ensemble member John Mahoney
John Mahoney
has died, starred in 'Frasier'". Chicago
Chicago
Sun-Times. Retrieved 2018-02-07.  ^ Chuba, Kirsten (February 5, 2018). "'Frasier' Star John Mahoney
John Mahoney
Dies at 77". Variety.  ^ Morton, Victor (February 5, 2018). "'Frasier' dad John Mahoney reportedly dies at 77". The Washington Times.  ^ "John Mahoney, the Cantankerous Dad on 'Frasier,' Dies at 77". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-02-07.  ^ "John Mahoney, Steppenwolf and 'Frasier' actor who walked away from Hollywood, dead at 77". Chicago
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Tribune. February 6, 2018. Retrieved February 6, 2018.  ^ "Kelsey Grammar on Twitter: "He was my father. I loved him"". February 7, 2018. Retrieved April 3, 2018.  ^ https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kelsey-grammer-john-mahoney-frasier-father_us_5a7b5172e4b08dfc92ff64c1 ^ http://www.hollywood.com/general/frasiers-peri-gilpin-leads-tributes-to-co-star-john-mahoney-60713319/

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Awards for John Mahoney

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Screen Actors Guild Award
Screen Actors Guild Award
for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Seinfeld, season 5/season 6 (1994): Alexander; Louis-Dreyfus; Richards; Seinfeld

Friends, season 1/season 2 (1995): Aniston; Cox; Kudrow; LeBlanc; Perry; Schwimmer

Seinfeld, season 7/season 8 (1996): Alexander; Louis-Dreyfus; Richards; Seinfeld

Seinfeld, season 8/season 9 (1997): Alexander; Louis-Dreyfus; Richards; Seinfeld

Ally McBeal, season 1/season 2 (1998): Bellows; Carson; de Rossi; Flockhart; Germann; Krakowski; Liu; MacNicol; Shepard; Thorne-Smith

Frasier, season 6/season 7 (1999): Butler; Gilpin; Grammer; Leeves; Mahoney; Pierce

Complete list (1994–1999) (2000–2009) (2010–2019)

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Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play

1949–1975

Arthur Kennedy
Arthur Kennedy
(1949) Eli Wallach
Eli Wallach
(1951) John Cromwell (1952) John Williams (1953) John Kerr (1954) Francis L. Sullivan
Francis L. Sullivan
(1955) Ed Begley
Ed Begley
(1956) Frank Conroy (1957) Henry Jones (1958) Charlie Ruggles
Charlie Ruggles
(1959) Roddy McDowall
Roddy McDowall
(1960) Martin Gabel
Martin Gabel
(1961) Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
(1962) Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin
(1963) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1964) Jack Albertson
Jack Albertson
(1965) Patrick Magee (1966) Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(1967) James Patterson (1968) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1969) Ken Howard
Ken Howard
(1970) Paul Sand (1971) Vincent Gardenia
Vincent Gardenia
(1972) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(1973) Ed Flanders
Ed Flanders
(1974) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(1975)

1976–2000

Edward Herrmann
Edward Herrmann
(1976) Jonathan Pryce
Jonathan Pryce
(1977) Lester Rawlins (1978) Michael Gough (1979) David Rounds (1980) Brian Backer (1981) Zakes Mokae (1982) Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick
(1983) Joe Mantegna
Joe Mantegna
(1984) Barry Miller (1985) John Mahoney
John Mahoney
(1986) John Randolph (1987) B. D. Wong
B. D. Wong
(1988) Boyd Gaines
Boyd Gaines
(1989) Charles Durning
Charles Durning
(1990) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1991) Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne
(1992) Stephen Spinella (1993) Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright
(1994) John Glover (1995) Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
(1996) Owen Teale
Owen Teale
(1997) Tom Murphy (1998) Frank Wood (1999) Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice
(2000)

2001–present

Robert Sean Leonard
Robert Sean Leonard
(2001) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2002) Denis O'Hare
Denis O'Hare
(2003) Brían F. O'Byrne (2004) Liev Schreiber
Liev Schreiber
(2005) Ian McDiarmid
Ian McDiarmid
(2006) Billy Crudup
Billy Crudup
(2007) Jim Norton (2008) Roger Robinson (2009) Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne
(2010) John Benjamin Hickey
John Benjamin Hickey
(2011) Christian Borle
Christian Borle
(2012) Courtney B. Vance
Courtney B. Vance
(2013) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2014) Richard McCabe (2015) Reed Birney (2016) Michael Aronov (2017)

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