Frasier dad John Mahoney dies

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The great John Mahoney passed away today at age 77.

John Mahoney, famously known as Martin Crane, appears on the set during the filming of the final episode of "Frasier" in Los Angeles.

Tributes have been paid in memory of John Mahoney, who has died at the age of seventy-seven.

Mahoney earned legions of fans and a Screen Actors Guild award for his portrayal of the cranky retired detective and army veteran Marty, father of Kelsey Grammer's Frasier.

The company announced on social media that Mahoney had passed away "due to complications from cancer".

His long-time Chicago theatrical home, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, confirmed Mahoney's death.

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The Steppenwolf canceled Monday's scheduled performance in honor of Mahoney. This led him to NY, where he won a Theatre World Award for his role in an off-Broadway production of "Orphans".

By 1986, he had won a Tony Award for his role as Artie, a starstruck NY city zookeeper, in the 1986 Broadway revival of John Guare's comedy "The House of Blue Leaves".

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. Actor Gary Sinise, who co-founded Steppenwolf, said: he remembered "so many wonderful plays together over the years".

The sitcom's casting director, Jeff Greenberg, tweeted: "I've not known a kinder man nor more brilliant actor". He served in the United States army for three years, which he credited with eradicating his native British accent. He continued to add film credits to his resume with impressive roles in iconic films such as Say Anything..., Reality Bites, In the Line of Fire, The American President, Eight Men Out as well as the Coen Brothers' Barton Fink and The Hudsucker Proxy.

His publicist said that the star died on Sunday (4 February) while in hospice care in Chicago.

Mahoney appeared in more than 30 productions at the prestigious theater, including The Rembrandt in September.