Actor John Mahoney, Dad On 'Frasier,' Dies At 77

John Mahoney arrives at the 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in 1998

John Mahoney arrives at the 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in 1998

"John Mahoney was a fixture on the Chicago stage", Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in remembrance. Wherever you may know Mahoney best from, his passing is certainly going to feel like a heavy loss.

"When I had my Manchester accent, it drew attention to me".

Mahoney was born in Lancashire, England, becoming a USA citizen in 1959. I've not known a kinder man nor more brilliant actor. "Nor do I ever look to be". He had enjoyed doing children's theatre long ago, so he chose to give acting a try.

Mahoney, then 37, signed up for an eight-week acting class in IL, which happened to be taught by David Mamet.

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John, who was born in Blackpool in England, didn't begin his acting career until his late 30s and was encouraged to join Steppenwolf Theatre by John Malkovich.

In 1985, Mahoney won a Tony Award for his performance in "The House of Blue Leaves", according to Playbill.

He also appeared in numerous movies including American President, Say Anything. and Eight Men Out.

Meanwhile, US actress Peri Gilpin, who appeared alongside him throughout Frasier " s 263 episodes as Roz Doyle, tweeted a picture of Mahoney singing at her wedding, adding: "Watch Moonstruck, Say Anything and/or Frasier or anything you can with him in it and raise a glass to John. "I think they found me attractive only because of my age", he once said.

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Ultimately, Mahoney grew exhausted of commuting between Los Angeles and his beloved Chicago, and decided not to renew his contract.

"I'm very proud to have "Frasier" as my television legacy, ' Mahoney told the Associated Press in 2014". Twenty-three years ago I had cancer of the colon. I just want to be back home. "Though he will be missed, his work and impact will endure for generations to come".

While waiting to review "You Got Older", at The Steppenwolf Theatre tonight, we received the bad news via an email that they had canceled the play due to the passing of John Mahoney. Mahoney - who resided in the near west Chicago suburb of Oak Park - was 77. "Laurie Metcalf springs to mind as a really cutthroat card player". "We just don't sit around pontificating about art. Pizza, beer, potato chips, spaghetti and meatballs if we feel particularly ambitious". I had this idea in my head that actors were all grand and sophisticated. "There was so much luck involved".

He was a member of Steppenwolf for 39 years - and became a well-known part of the Chicago theatre scene.

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