Born in Blackpool, England, John Mahoney had a length career in film and television. However, he’ll always be known for his character of Martin Crane in “Frasier,” one of the 1990’s biggest sitcoms. Martin is the blue-collar father of Frasier and Giles Crane, two endearingly pompous brothers who obsess over their various anxieties.
Mahoney fell in love with the United States following a visit in 1951, which took him to Illinois, where his sister lived with her American husband. He returned to the country and state soon after, studying at the Western Illinois University, earning a master’s degree in English. Years later, in 1979, Mahoney indulged his flair for acting and joined the Steppenwolf company, which was run by John Malkovich and Gary Sinise. Over the next decade or so, Mahoney appeared in films such as “Tin Men,” “Say Anything,” and “Barton Fink.”
After enjoying 11 seasons of “Frasier,” Mahoney appeared in a handful of shows including “In Treatment” and “Hot in Cleveland.” On February 8, 2018, The Guardian reported that Mahoney had died from throat cancer. Kelsey Grammer made an emotional comment on Mahoney’s passing, “He was my father … I loved him” (via People).