John Mahoney, best known for playing Martin Crane in the popular situation comedy “Frasier,” had died, aged 77.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The most brilliant speech in Frasier. Martin, John Mahoney, confronts his sons about his restaurant choice. pic.twitter.com/EgWBKkOcfe
— Danny Baker (@prodnose) February 5, 2018
This one hurts. I've been a #Frasier fan for more than 20 years and I'm devastated to hear of #JohnMahoney's passing. As #MartinCrane, he brought so much heart to one of the greatest comedies of all time.
Thanks for the laughs. pic.twitter.com/YEYAefUqYJ
— Sean Caldwell (@Sean_WSAW) February 5, 2018
— Dean Cain (@RealDeanCain) February 5, 2018
John Mahoney’s talent, realized late in life, was undisputed, but there was something more to his roles: a quiet humanity, maybe. Something identifiable in each part. He might be my favorite actor. Seeing him on screen, I think, instantly calmed a movie down.
— Ben Mankiewicz (@BenMank77) February 6, 2018
John Mahoney. The perfect comic actor because you saw no acting. What a legacy: the argument with Frasier when they act Jewish, saying “love ya” to his mate but not his kids, the Daphne impression etc etc. Genius. RIP.
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) February 5, 2018
He was Dad to Frasier and Niles (AND Diane Court) but also a Father figure to us all. Rest In Peace, John Mahoney! https://t.co/Bj25Ppd4n6
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) February 6, 2018
Mixture of pure kindness and purer talent. John Mahoney was the best. RIP https://t.co/ztAZWu99Jm
— Richard Schiff (@Richard_Schiff) February 6, 2018
It is with our deepest sorrow that we share the news that ensemble member of 39 years John Mahoney passed away. Tonight’s opening night performance of You Got Older has been cancelled. We are instead inviting all to gather in Front Bar this evening. All are welcome to join us. pic.twitter.com/k8yrrR7ICA
— Steppenwolf Theatre (@SteppenwolfThtr) February 6, 2018