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John Mahoney, who played cranky dad on Frasier, dies at 77

John Mahoney, who played cranky dad on Frasier, dies at 77
From CBC - February 6, 2018

John Mahoney, who as the cranky, blue-collar dad in Frasierplayed counterpoint to pompous sons Frasier and Niles, has died. Mahoney was 77.

The actor died Sunday in Chicago after a brief hospitalization, Paul Martino, his manager for more than 30 years, said Monday. The cause of death was not immediately provided.

In Frasier,the hit Cheersspinoff that aired from 1993 to 2004, Mahoney played Martin Crane, a disabled ex-policeman who parked himself in a battered old armchair in Frasier's chic Seattle living room.

Kelsey Grammer's Frasier and David Hyde Pierce's Niles, both psychiatrists with lofty views of their own intellect, squabbled constantly with their dad but, when needed, the family closed ranks.Martin's beloved dog, Eddie, also took up residence to annoy the fussy Frasier.

Mahoney, a British native who made Chicago his home town, was a two-time Emmy nominee for Frasier,won a 1986 Tony Award for The House of Blue Leaves,and worked steadily in movies.

John Cusack, who appeared with Mahoney is the 1989 film Say Anything,tweeted that he was a great actor and a "lovely kind humanany time you saw him you left feeling better."

Great actor - lovely kind human -any time you saw him you left feeling better - RIP Johnhttps://t.co/jHXPHm1dEb

@johncusack

He always said - it took him a long time to find out what he loved - and he loved performing - he was so happy to be there - he made everyone around him better and happier each day - blessed to know him https://t.co/d7UKnCzB6c

@johncusack

Mahoney's recent TV credits included a recurring role as Betty White's love interest on Hot in Clevelandand a 2015 guest appearance on Foyle's War.

@GilpinPeri

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