"Frasier" Father, John Mahoney Dies at 77

John Mahoney, famously known as playing Kelsey Grammar's father on the sitcom "Frasier" has died at age 77.

While he was best known in that role as Martin Crane, a role that earned him two Emmy nominations, the Los Angeles Times points out his other incredible roles.

His career was expansive and he tackled complex characters in both film and television.

He appeared in "Eight Men Out," "Barton Fink," "Tin Man" and "Moonstruck" and was a regular performer at the Steppenwolf, the acclaimed Chicago theater company.

Mahoney was twice nominated for an Emmy for his performance on "Frasier" and won a Tony Award for "The House of Blue Leaves." Mahoney's recent roles included guest appearances on "Hot in Cleveland" and a 2015 episode of "Foyle's War."

Mahoney was born in England and came to the US when he was young and had a job as the editor of a medical magazine.

His acting career began to take off in his early 40s after saying his work at the magazine was testing his patience.

"What's this, I'm going to write about hemorrhoids and cataracts the rest of my life?

By the time I started my career, most people had given up and started selling insurance. I didn't have so much competition."

He began to take drama classes and began to get roles at the the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where he'd been an ensemble member since 1979.

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