Frasier dad John Mahoney dies at 77

Frasier dad John Mahoney dies at 77

The great John Mahoney passed away today at age 77. He was nominated twice for Emmy awards and twice for Golden Globes for his role on the show, which ran on NBC from 1993 to 2004, during all of which his character delighted in puncturing the pomposity of his smarty-pants sons, played by Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde-Pierce.

Tributes to the late TV star described him as a "wonderful man", with actor John Cusack, who starred alongside Mahoney in the 1989 film Say Anything, described him as a "lovely kind human" who always "left you feeling better" any time you saw him.

John Mahoney (centre) is pictured in 2010 following the screening of "Flipped" at the Hilbert Circle Theatre in Indianapolis, Indiana.

A member of Steppenwolf for 39 years, the theatre company announced his death of social media.

But it was on the small screen where he won the hearts of comedy lovers for his role as Martin Crane.

The Steppenwolf canceled Monday's scheduled performance in honor of Mahoney. He would eventually go on to win a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves.

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Born in Blackpool but later becoming a United States citizen, Mahoney began acting in the 1970s.

David Hyde Pierce, John Mahoney and Kelsey Grammer in hit sitcom Frasier.

Mahoney was a distinguished voice actor, appearing in many films fans may never have realised starred the thespian.

He also appeared in such big-screen films as Tin Men, Barton Fink, Moonstruck and Eight Men Out, among others.

The 77-year-old, who appeared in the long-running series for 11 years, died in Chicago on Sunday. "We were all blessed to have spent 11 glorious years together", Greenberg wrote alongside a picture of the show's cast with Mahoney. He moved to the 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.

Martin's beloved dog, Eddie, also took up residence to annoy the fussy Frasier.