The entertainment industry mourns the loss of “Frasier” alumnus John Mahoney, aged 77

John Mahoney with his fellow “Frasier” cast members Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin, Jane Leeves, Dan Butler and Moose.

John Mahoney, best known for playing Martin Crane in the popular situation comedy “Frasier,” had died, aged 77.

John Mahoney (1940–2018)

In a film and television career spanning over three decades, Mahoney proved time and again he had the acting ability to work in almost any genre. Beginning in 1981 with the Ken Anderson written and directed biographical period drama “Hudson Taylor,” the actor’s accomplishments in front of the camera were extraordinary.

With Mahoney adding singing to Martin’s repertoire, beginning with a performance of “Danny Boy” in the 1994 James Burrows directed episode “Duke’s, We Hardly Knew Ye,” the actor is known to have performed numerous songs for the situation comedy.

Unlike that seen with a lot of situation comedies, Martin was not a two-dimensional character that was only there to provide the lead actors with someone to talk to when guest actors were not available.

Singing gave the character significant depth.

The last song Mahoney performed on camera for “Frasier” was in 2000 when he sang “What’s New? I’m Listening” for the David Lee directed episode “They’re Playing Our Song.”

Mahoney had real screen presence. This is what made him standout to television audiences. The same is equally true of his staged performances.

If you are familiar with Mahoney’s early work, there is a good chance you would know it was with John Malkovich’s encouragement that he joined the Chicago based Steppenwolf Theatre. If it was not for this encouragement, Mahoney would not have earned the Clarence Derwent Award as Most Promising Male Newcomer.

Mahoney voice acting, Sept 2007

Born in Blackpool, England, on Sunday, 4 Feb. 2018 Mahoney worked as a voice actor. Further to his film and television work, he was known to have worked as a thespian in staged Broadway and Chicago theatre productions.

Disgruntled with the career choices he had made, Mahoney is known to have taken up acting classes to address an increasing desire to elevate himself to a higher plain.

After discovering the St. Nicholas Theatre offered acting classes, Mahoney quit his job and was determined to pursue a career in acting full time.

Even though the actor had already been in several films, it was in the 1987 Barry Levinson written and directed dramedy “Tin Men” Mahoney made his first major film role appearance.

Mahoney in September 1994

Playing Leo Solomon, Mahoney appeared in the 1995 Rob Reiner directed romantic dramedy “The American President.”

Although the actor did not have as many scenes in this film as his fans would have liked, Mahoney dominated the scenes he did have.

While it helped that Solomon had some good lines, Mahoney’s ability to deliver those lines is unquestionably the reason the actor was able to control scenes. The art of delivering well-crafted lines was not lost on Mahoney.

Even though there is no doubt Solomon is correct in his assertion “politics is perception,” he was also right when he half-jokingly remarked “there’s never an egg timer around when you need one.”

One of the greatest actors to have ever appeared in an American situation comedy, Mahoney died on Sunday, 4 Feb. 2018 while in hospice care in Chicago.

Mahoney will be missed greatly.