‘Frasier’ Dad John Mahoney Dies at 77
John Mahoney, the Tony-winning actor best known for playing cranky, Barcalounger-loving Martin Crane on Frasier, died Sunday at the age of 77.
Mahoney’s publicist confirmed the death to TMZ, noting that Mahoney died in hospice care in his adopted city of Chicago. The Chicago Tribune reported that the actor had been suffering from cancer.
Though he was best known for playing gruff Americans, Mahoney was actually born in Lancashire, England. He moved to the U.S. as a teenager—following one of his seven siblings to Illinois—and joined the Army, an experience he said helped inspire him to shed his accent.
“When I had my Manchester accent, it drew attention to me. All the guys in the Army, they were always: oh say this, oh say that. I hated it. I just wanted to blend in,”