Frasier Star John Mahoney Dies At Age 77

TMZ reports:

John Mahoney, the beloved dad on “Frasier,” has died in Chicago … TMZ has learned. According to John’s publicist … he passed away Sunday in hospice care. The British-born actor famously played Martin Crane, the father of Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce’s characters, for 11 seasons of “Frasier.”

John most recently had a recurring role in “Hot in Cleveland.” Besides his TV success, John was in tons of movies — like ‘American President,’ “Say Anything…” and “Eight Men Out” — during more than 30 years in show biz.

Broadway World reports:

A distinguished stage actor, Mahoney won a 1986 Tony Award for his performance in The House of Blue Leaves. He was also seen on Broadway in the 2007 Roundabout revival of Prelude to a Kiss.

As a devoted member of the Chicago theatre community, Mahoney appeared in more than 30 productions with Steppenwolf Theatre since 1977. His most recent appearances with the company include their productions of The Rembrandt, The Herd, The Birthday Party and The Seafarer.