'Frasier' star, fan favorite John Mahoney dead at 77

'Frasier' star, fan favorite John Mahoney dead at 77

'Frasier' star, fan favorite John Mahoney dead at 77

Mahoney's longtime manager, Paul Martino, said the actor died on Sunday while in hospice care.

John Mahoney, famously known as Martin Crane, appears on the set during the filming of the final episode of "Frasier" in Los Angeles.

It was only in 40s that he became a professional actor, after actors John Malkovich and Gary Sinise invited him to join the new Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Although Mahoney earned two Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations, he never won an award.

John Mahoney (centre) is pictured in 2010 following the screening of "Flipped" at the Hilbert Circle Theatre in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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The actor also drew praise for his role in Greg Berlanti's 2000 film The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy. "Tonight's opening night performance of You Got Older has been cancelled".

Born in Blackpool in 1940 to a family evacuated from wartime Manchester, Mahoney later emigrated to the USA where he was granted citizenship after service in the military, according to a biography on online entertainment database IMDb.

Frasier cast: Jane Leeves as Daphne Moon, David Hyde Pierce as Dr. Niles Crane, Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Frasier Crane, John Mahoney as Martin Crane and Peri Gilpin as Roz Doyle. His breakthrough role was in 1985's "Orphans" and he went on to perform in over 30 productions winning two Clarence Derwent Awards and a Tony for John Guare's Broadway show "The House of Blue Leaves". He joined the USA army to speed up his citizenship application, and later taught English at University.

Jeff Greenberg, the casting director for Frasier, called him a "brilliant actor". Though some stage actors scoff at sitcoms, Mahoney told Time Out, "Frasier was a classy gig". "We were all blessed to have spent 11 glorious years together".

He also appeared in such big-screen films as Tin Men, Barton Fink, Moonstruck and Eight Men Out, among others.

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