Former 'Frasier' actor John Mahoney dies at 77

  • Former 'Frasier' actor John Mahoney dies at 77

Former 'Frasier' actor John Mahoney dies at 77

Frasier" star John Mahoney passed away at the age of 77.

John Mahoney, who played the cantankerous father Martin to haughty son Frasier Crane in the sitcom "Frasier", died Sunday in Chicago after being hospitalized early in the same day.

Most recently, John had a recurring role in TV Land's "Hot In Cleveland", where he appeared as Roy in six episodes between 2011 and 2014. Although Mahoney earned two Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations, he never won an award. "From Moira and I, Rest In Peace old friend", he added.

"Frasier" ran for 11 seasons, from 1993 to 2004, according to IMDb. But his most prominent and longest-lasting TV role was as Martin, the gruff father of sophisticated psychiatrists Nile and Frasier Crane on Frasier.

"It is with our deepest sorrow that we share the news that ensemble member of 39 years John Mahoney passed away", they wrote.

Peri Gilpin, who played Roz on Frasier, posted a picture of Mahoney singing at her wedding.

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

Scrubs star Zach Braff said he was "honored" to work with Mahoney and "he could not have been a kinder man".

After becoming a US citizen, Mahoney worked his way through college as a hospital orderly. In 1986, he won a Tony Award for his role in a revival of John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves. "Our hearts go out to John and his family, and to our collective Steppenwolf family".

Born in the U.K., Mahoney immigrated to the US, arriving in IL to stay with his sister, who married a USA serviceman she'd met during the Second World War.

When quizzed by Time Out about his romantic life, he said: "Yeah, it doesn't exist for me anymore. 11 years living out of a suitcase in New York", Mahoney told Chicago's ABC Eyewitness News in September 2017.