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HTTPS://WWW.THEGUARDIAN.COM/TV-AND-RADIO/2018/FEB/06/JOHN-MAHONEY-OBITUARY>TITLE=JOHN MAHONEY OBITUARYTHE GUARDIAN>DATE=FEBRUARY 6, 2018ARCHIVE-URL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20180206183642/HTTPS://WWW.THEGUARDIAN.COM/TV-AND-RADIO/2018/FEB/06/JOHN-MAHONEY-OBITUARYURL-STATUS=LIVE, 194020}}| birth_place = Blackpool, Lancashire, England201846|20}}| death_place = Chicago, Illinois, U.S.Quincy University (Bachelor of Arts>A.B.) Western Illinois University (A.M.)| occupation = ActorACCESS-DATE=FEBRUARY 6, 2018 ARCHIVE-DATE=JANUARY 31, 2018, live, | home_town = Chicago, Illinois, U.S.| television = | spouse(s) = | domestic_partner = | children = | parents = | signature = | salary = | website = }}Charles John Mahoney (June 20, 1940 – February 4, 2018) was an English-American actor of stage, film, and television.Born in Blackpool, UK, and brought up in Manchester, Mahoney emigrated to the United States at the age of 18 and started his acting career on the stage in 1977, moving into film in 1980. He was best known for playing the blue-collar patriarch Martin Crane in the American sitcom Frasier, which aired on NBC from 1993 to 2004. In addition to his film and television work, Mahoney also worked as a voice actor and was particularly passionate about his stage work on Broadway and in Chicago theatre.

Early life

Mahoney was born in the Bispham{{cn|date=August 2019}} area of Blackpool on June 20, 1940, the seventh of eight children. His paternal grandfather was Irish Catholic.WEB,weblink Frasier actor John Mahoney's early life in Greater Manchester, Manchester Evening News, February 6, 2018, Dobson, Charlotte, February 6, 2018,weblink February 6, 2018, live, NEWS, Gorman, Sophie, Sitcom star John Mahoney all set for festival return,weblink December 16, 2014, The Irish Independent, June 29, 2014,weblink" title="">weblink December 16, 2014, live, The family had been evacuated to Blackpool from the Mahoneys' home city of Manchester, when it was heavily bombed during the Second World War. He started school at St Joseph's College, Blackpool. After the war, the family moved back to Manchester. Mahoney grew up in the Withington area of the city and discovered acting at the Stretford Children's Theatre. His father, Reg, was a bakerWEB,weblink John Mahoney (Martin Crane),, October 14, 2012,weblink" title="">weblink October 19, 2012, live, who played classical piano, and his mother, Margaret (née Watson), was a housewife who loved reading. His parents' marriage was not happy. They would not speak to each other for long periods of time, when they did it often led to heated arguments. The family situation, combined with the war, fuelled Mahoney's interest in acting and he vowed to leave Manchester.NEWS, Kogan, Rick,weblink The Curse of John Mahoney, May 17, 1996, Chicago Tribune, March 27, 2014,weblink" title="">weblink May 2, 2014, live, NEWS, Lane, Harriet,weblink Take a chance on me, August 4, 2002, The Guardian, March 27, 2014,weblink" title="">weblink May 2, 2014, live, Mahoney moved to the United States aged 18 in March 1959Illinois, Federal Naturalization Records, 1856-1991 for Charles John Mahoney, Petition Number: 479030 when his older sister Vera, a war bride living in rural Illinois, agreed to sponsor him. He studied at Quincy University, Illinois, before joining the United States Army. After graduating from Quincy, he lived in Macomb, Illinois and earned his Master's degree in EnglishWEB,weblink John Mahoney obituary, Hayward, Anthony, 2018-02-06, the Guardian, en, 2018-10-08,weblink February 7, 2018, live, from Western Illinois University, where he then taught English in the early 1970s, before settling in Forest Park, Illinois, and later in Oak Park, Illinois. He became a US citizen in 1971Northern District, Illinois, Naturalization Index, 1926-1979. Name: Charles John MahoneyAge: 31Birth Year: 1940Naturalization Year: 1971Naturalization Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA and served as editor of a medical journal through much of the 1970s.Matthew Dessem (2018) "Actor John Mahoney Has Died at 77" {{Webarchive|url= |date=February 6, 2018 }}, Slate, February 6, 2018; accessed February 7, 2018.


Early work

Dissatisfied with his career, Mahoney took acting classes at St. Nicholas Theatre, which inspired him to resign from his day job and pursue acting full-time. After a stage production in Chicago in 1977, John Malkovich encouraged him to join the Steppenwolf Theatre.Chris Jones (2018) "John Mahoney, Steppenwolf and 'Frasier' actor who walked away from Hollywood, dead at 77" {{Webarchive|url= |date=February 6, 2018 }} Chicago Tribune, February 5, 2018. Accessed February 5, 2018.Julie Miller (2018) "John Mahoney, Beloved Frasier Father, Dies at 77", Vanity Fair, February 5, 2018. Accessed February 6, 2018. He did so and went on to win the Clarence Derwent Award as Most Promising Male Newcomer. Gary Sinise said in an interview for Bomb Magazine that Lyle Kessler's play Orphans "kicked John Mahoney, Kevin Anderson and Terry Kinney off into the movie business"WEB, Loud, Lance,weblink BOMB Magazine: Gary Sinise by Scott Elliott, Bomb, February 22, 2012, dead,weblink" title="">weblink March 20, 2012, after their Steppenwolf performance of the play for which he won the Derwent Award and the Theatre World Award.WEB,weblink In 1986,, October 14, 2012,weblink" title="">weblink November 11, 2012, dead, Mahoney won Broadway's Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves.Associated Press (2018) "John Mahoney, Who Played Cranky Dad on 'Frasier,' Dies at 77" {{Webarchive|url= |date=February 6, 2018 }} The New York Times, February 6, 2018. Accessed February 6, 2018.Mahoney's first major film roles were in the 1987 Barry Levinson film Tin Men and Suspect, directed by Peter Yates, which was a courtroom drama/mystery starring Cher, Dennis Quaid, and a young Liam Neeson. He went on to have prominent roles in a number of acclaimed films throughout the late 1980s and 1990s, including Moonstruck, Eight Men Out, Say Anything..., In the Line of Fire, Reality Bites, and The American President. He appeared in two Coen brothers films, Barton FinkChristoper Orr (2014) "30 Years of Coens: Barton Fink" {{Webarchive|url= |date=March 6, 2018 }}, The Atlantic, September 11, 2014. Accessed February 6, 2018. and The Hudsucker Proxy.Christoper Orr (2014) "30 Years of Coens: The Hudsucker Proxy" {{Webarchive|url= |date=July 7, 2017 }}, The Atlantic, September 12, 2014. Accessed February 6, 2018.Mahoney also played a pivotal gay role in Greg Berlanti's 2000 GLAAD-Award winning film (The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy).


Mahoney appeared in Frasier from its debut in 1993 until the final episode in 2004; Mahoney received two Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nominations for the role of Martin Crane, the father of Frasier Crane and Niles Crane. NBC executives held Mahoney in such high esteem that Warren Littlefield declared he was pre-approved when the Frasier creative team suggested casting him as the father.WEB, Levine, Ken,weblink How Frasier Came to Be,, December 15, 2010, October 14, 2012,weblink" title="">weblink September 11, 2012, live, Prior to appearing on the series, Mahoney had appeared in an episode of Cheers – from which Frasier was a spinoff – as an inept jingle writer who has a brief conversation with Frasier. Mahoney also appeared as a priest in Becker, which starred Cheers star Ted Danson.

Voice acting

(File:John Mahoney.jpg|thumb|right|Mahoney voice acting in 2007)Mahoney's first voice job was in W. B. Yeats's "The Words upon the Window-Pane" for the award-winning National Radio Theater of Chicago. He provided the voices for several characters in Antz (1998), Preston Whitmore in (Atlantis: The Lost Empire) and (Atlantis: Milo's Return), General Rogard in The Iron Giant (1999), and Papi in Kronk's New Groove (but was succeeded by Jeff Bennett in The Emperor's New School for an unknown reason). In 2007, Mahoney provided the voice of Dr. Robert Terwilliger, Sr. (Sideshow Bob's father) in The Simpsons episode "Funeral for a Fiend." This reunited him with his Frasier co-stars Kelsey Grammer (Sideshow Bob) and David Hyde Pierce (Cecil, Sideshow Bob's brother).


Mahoney co-starred as the Old Man in the Broadway revival of Prelude to a Kiss at the American Airlines Theater in a limited-run engagement running from previews on February 17, 2007, through to April 29, 2007.WEB, The Broadway League,weblink Internet Broadway Database: ''Prelude to a Kiss'',, October 14, 2012,weblink" title="">weblink October 15, 2007, live, WEB,weblink Mahoney, Parisse, Tudyk to Headline Roundabout's ''Prelude to a Kiss'',, August 1, 2012, October 14, 2012,weblink" title="">weblink October 24, 2007, live, He appeared as an elderly drag queen in the ER season 13 episode "Somebody to Love," and co-starred with Steve Carell (himself a veteran of Chicago theatre) as the father of Carell's character in Dan in Real Life. In March 2008, he opened in the world premiere of Better Late at the Northlight Theatre.WEB,weblink Northlight Theatre set for The Outgoing Tide, Theatre in Chicago, April 20, 2011, October 14, 2012, Associated Press,weblink" title="">weblink October 16, 2013, live, He was also the narrator for Midwest Airlines commercials. Mahoney also made two appearances on USA's Burn Notice in the second (2009) and third (2010) season finales. His character, referred to only as "Management," is a senior intelligence agency official who is the apparent main mover of the conspiracy which blacklisted Michael Westen.WEB,weblink Burn Notice,, October 8, 2012, October 14, 2012,weblink" title="">weblink October 7, 2014, live, WEB,weblink Review: 'Burn Notice' – 'Company Man': Back in from the cold?, hitfix, June 23, 2011, October 14, 2012, Sepinwall, Alan,weblink" title="">weblink September 9, 2012, live, Mahoney joined the cast of In Treatment for the series' second season (2009) as a frenetic CEO who is overwhelmed by his personal and professional responsibilities and experiences chronic physical anxiety attacks. In 2010, he made a guest appearance on $#@! My Dad Says as homophobic retired naval officer Lt. Commander Wally Durham. Despite the numerous successes throughout his career, Mahoney has maintained that his early work in Lyle Kessler's play Orphans has "affected people more than any other play I've ever done. I still get mail from it, I still get people stopping me on the street, and it's 20 years later."WEB,weblink Associate Artistic Director Curt Columbus Speaks With Kevin Anderson and John Mahoney | Watch & Listen | Steppenwolf Theatre Company,, February 22, 2012,weblink" title="">weblink November 7, 2011, dead, Beginning in April 2011, Mahoney began rehearsing The Outgoing Tide, a new play by Bruce Graham at Northlight Theatre in Skokie, Illinois (suburban Chicago). The play also stars fellow Chicago actors Rondi Reed and Thom Cox. In 2011, he had two guest appearances on Hot in Cleveland as Roy, a waiter and a love interest for Betty White's character Elka.NEWS, Rousseau, Caryn, After 'Frasier,' John Mahoney happy to be back in roles onstage,weblink November 21, 2014, The Columbus Dispatch, John F. Wolfe, March 14, 2014,weblink" title="">weblink November 29, 2014, live, This reunited him with his Frasier co-star Jane Leeves, as well as Wendie Malick whose character he eventually married in Frasier and his co-star in the movie The American President. Mahoney was a featured ensemble cast member in The Birthday Party, playing in Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre from January 24 to April 28, 2013.WEB,weblink The Birthday Party,weblink" title="">weblink April 24, 2013, dead, Mahoney portrayed his last role in the play The Rembrandt, from September to November 2017.WEB,weblink The Rembrandt, Steppenwolf,weblink January 31, 2018, live,

Personal life

Along with David Hyde Pierce, Mahoney was godfather to Frasier co-star Jane Leeves' son Finn.WEB,weblink Frasier Finale 10th Anniversary: The Cast Then and Now,, December 21, 2014,weblink" title="">weblink December 21, 2014, live, Mahoney rarely spoke publicly about his private life, but in a 2002 article he revealed he had been in several relationships, although he had never married, citing his parents' unhappy marriage as something he feared he would repeat. He suffered from colon cancer in the mid-1980s.WEB,weblink John Mahoney - Interview, February 6, 2018, April 1, 2008,weblink February 6, 2018, live, His Catholic faith was at the center of his life and work.The God Factor: Inside the Spiritual Lives of Public People Cathleen Falsani, Author . Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux (272p) {{ISBN|978-0-374-16381-5}}WEB,weblink RIP, John Mahoney: 'I've always prayed to the Holy Ghost for wisdom, understanding and knowledge', February 10, 2018,weblink February 11, 2018, live, {{rs|date=August 2019}}Mahoney lived in Oak Park, Illinois.


Mahoney died in a Chicago hospice on February 4, 2018, of complications from throat cancer, originally diagnosed in 2014. He was 77 years old. According to his friend Anna Shapiro: "He was fragile and he was supposed to be having a routine procedure. But having just beat Stage 3 throat cancer, I think he was just too weak… By the time he did The Rembrandt [a play at Steppenwolf Theatre] he was clean of cancer... But other health issues came up and he was just too fragile."
  • NEWS,weblink Steppenwolf ensemble member John Mahoney has died, starred in 'Frasier', Chicago Sun-Times, 2018-02-07, en,weblink February 7, 2018, live,
  • NEWS, Chuba, Kirsten, 'Frasier' Star John Mahoney Dies at 77,weblink Variety (magazine), Variety, February 5, 2018, February 10, 2018,weblink" title="">weblink February 10, 2018, live,
  • NEWS, Morton, Victor, 'Frasier' dad John Mahoney reportedly dies at 77,weblink The Washington Times, February 5, 2018, February 6, 2018,weblink February 6, 2018, live,
  • MAGAZINE,weblink John Mahoney, the Cantankerous Dad on 'Frasier,' Dies at 77, The Hollywood Reporter, 2018-02-07, en,weblink February 6, 2018, live,
  • NEWS,weblink John Mahoney, Steppenwolf and 'Frasier' actor who walked away from Hollywood, dead at 77, Chicago Tribune, February 6, 2018, February 6, 2018,weblink" title="">weblink February 5, 2018, live,
  • NEWS,weblink John Mahoney, Francis Guinan Discuss 'The Rembrandt', August 31, 2017, WTTW,weblink June 3, 2019, live, June 3, 2019,


Film{| class"wikitable sortable"

! Year! Title! Role! class="unsortable" | Notes| 1981| Hudson Taylor||| 1982| Mission Hill| Michael Doyle|| 1985Code of Silence (1985 film)>Code of Silence| Prowler Representative|1986The Manhattan Project (film)>The Manhattan Project| Lt. Col. Conroy|Streets of Gold (film)>Streets of Gold| Linnehan|1987| Tin Men| Moe Adams|Suspect (1987 film)>Suspect| Judge Matthew Bishop Helms|| Moonstruck| Perry|1988Frantic (film)>Frantic| Williams, U.S. Embassy Official|Betrayed (1988 film)>Betrayed| Shorty|| Eight Men OutKid Gleason>William "Kid" Gleason|| 1989| Say Anything...| James Court|1990Love Hurts (1991 film)>Love Hurts| Boomer|The Russia House (film)>The Russia House| Brady|| 1991| Barton Fink| W. P. Mayhew|| 1992| Article 99| Dr. Henry Dreyfoos|1993In the Line of Fire"John Mahoney, who played Frasier's Martin Crane, dies aged 77" {{Webarchive>url= |date=February 6, 2018 }} The Guardian, February 8, 2018. Accessed February 8, 2018.| Sam Campagna|| Striking Distance| Capt. Vince Hardy|1994| A Hard Rain| Ross Stewart| Short| The Hudsucker Proxy| Chief|| Reality Bites| Grant Gubler|1995| An Affectionate Look at Fatherhood| Bob|| The American President| Leo Solomon|1996Primal Fear (film)>Primal Fear| Shaughnessy|She's the One (1996 film)>She's the One| Mr. Fitzpatrick|Mariette In Ecstasy (film)>Mariette in Ecstasy| Dr. Claude Baptiste|| 1998| Antz| Grebs| Voice| 1999| The Iron Giant| General Kenneth Rogard| Voice| 2000| (The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy)| Jack|2001| Almost Salinas| Max Harris|| (Atlantis: The Lost Empire)Preston B. Whitmore| Voice| 2003| (Atlantis: Milo's Return)| Voice| 2005| Kronk's New Groove| Papi| Voice| 2007| Dan in Real Life| Poppy|| 2010Flipped (2010 film)>Flipped| Chet Duncan| Final film role">

Television{| class"wikitable sortable"

! Year! Title! Role! class="unsortable" | Notes| 1982| Chicago Story| Lt. Roselli| 13 episodes| 1985Lady Blue (TV series)>Lady Blue| Capt. Flynn| TV movie| 1986| Trapped in Silence| Doctor Winslow| TV movie| 1987| Saturday Night Live| Fast Eddie Felson / Paul Newman| Episode: "Charlton Heston/Wynton Marsalis"| 1987| American Playhouse| Artie Shaughnessy| Episode: "The House of Blue Leaves"| 1988Favorite Son (miniseries)>Favorite Son| Lou Brenner| Episode: "Part One"| 1989Dinner at Eight (1989 film)>Dinner at Eight| Oliver Jordan| TV movie| 1990The Image (1990 film)>The Image| Irv Mickelson| TV movie| 1990| H.E.L.P.| Chief Patrick Meacham| 6 episodes| 1991| The 10 Million Dollar Getaway| Jimmy Burke| TV movie| 1992The Human Factor (TV series)>The Human Factor| Dr. Alec McMurtry| 5 episodes| 1992The Water Engine (film)>The Water Engine| Mason Gross| TV movie| 1992Screenplay (TV series)>Screenplay| Walter Partin| Episode: "Buying a Landslide"| 1992| Cheers| Sy Flembeck| Episode: "Do Not Forsake Me, O' My Postman"| 1992| Unnatural Pursuits| Paddy Quinn| Episode: "I Don't Do Cuddles"| 1993–2004| Frasier| Martin CraneScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2000) Nominated–Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film (1994, 2001) Nominated–Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1999, 2003) Nominated–Q Awards>Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Comedy Series (1998, 2000) Nominated–Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (2001) Nominated–Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (1995–1999, 2001–2004) Nominated–TV Guide Award for Supporting Actor of the Year in a Comedy Series (2001)| 1995Biography (TV series)>Biography| Narrator| Voice, Episode: "Al Capone: Scarface"| 1996| 3rd Rock from the Sun| Dr. Leonard Hamlin| Episode: "Body & Soul & Dick"| 1997| Tracey Takes On...| Jeffrey Ayliss| Episode: "Childhood"| 1998Nothing Sacred (TV series)>Nothing Sacred| Vince Reyneaux| Episode: "The Coldest Night of the Year"| 2000Becker (TV series)>Becker| Father Joe D'Andrea| Episode: "Crosstalk"| 2000Teacher's Pet (TV series)>Teacher's Pet| Narrator / Tim Tim Tim| Voice, Episode: #1.12| 2000Nature (TV series)>Nature| Narrator| Episode: "Intimate Enemies: Lions and Buffalo"| 2003| Gary the Rat| Steele| Voice, Episode: "Strange Bedfellows"| 2005| Fathers and Sons| Gene| TV movie| 2006ER (TV series)>ER| Bennett Cray| Episode "Somebody to Love"| 2007| Mobsters| Narrator| Episode: "Al Capone"| 2007| The Simpsons| Dr. Robert Terwilliger, Sr.| Voice, Episode: "Funeral for a Fiend"| 2009In Treatment (U.S. TV series)>In Treatment| Walter Barnett| 7 episodesNominated–PRISM Award for Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline| 2009–2010| Burn Notice| Management| 2 episodes| 2010$h*! My Dad Says>$#*! My Dad Says| Lt. Col. Wally Durham| Episode: "The Manly Thing to Do"| 2011–2014| Hot in Cleveland| Roy| 6 episodes| 2015| Foyle's War| Andrew Del Mar| Episode: "High Castle", (final film role)





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