Camille Grammer Remembers Frasier's John Mahoney with a Touching Tweet

Camille Grammer Remembers Frasier's John Mahoney with a Touching Tweet

Camille Grammer Remembers Frasier's John Mahoney with a Touching Tweet

Actor Kelsey Grammer had some heartfelt words to say about the passing of John Mahoney, who played his father on Frasier.

Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where Mahoney was a longtime ensemble member, shared that the actor had died on February 4.

After starring in Frasier, Mahoney moved back to Chicago and acted with the Steppenwolf Theatre once again. The theater invited ticketholders to gather at the theater for a moment of silence.

The actor was born in Lancashire, England, becoming a US citizen in 1959.

His family was evacuated to Blackpool from the Mahoneys' home city of Manchester, when it was heavily bombed during the Second World War. Before taking up theater and acting in 1977, he served in the USA military and worked as an English teacher at Western Illinois University.

Mahoney appeared in the series - which, of course, starred Camille's ex-husband Kelsey Grammer - from 1993 to 2001. He taught English at Western Illinois University before somehow successfully transitioning into acting in his late 30s. Mahoney starred in the Broadway revival of the play Prelude to a Kiss, as well as the plays Better Late and The Outgoing Tide at the Northlight Theatre in IL. He also won a Tony Award in 1986 for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in John Guare's American Playhouse: The House of Blue Leaves.

The Coen Brothers chose Mahoney for the role of WP Mayhew in Barton Fink (1992) because of his resemblance to William Faulkner.

John appeared in about 30 movies, including five as a voice actor for animated movies Antz and The Iron Giant.

Mahoney, who played Martin Crane, father of Frasier Crane and Niles Crane, on the long-running sitcom, died Sunday in Chicago after a short illness, reports CNN. Mahoney received two Emmy nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, and a SAG award for his work on the show.

Cheers star Ted Danson told Rolling Stone that "John could do anything as an actor; he was so nimble". More recently, he had a recurring role as Betty White's love interest in Hot in Cleveland.

John was intensely private about his personal life, but is thought to have never married, despite previously claiming to have been in several relationships.

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