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`Good´ Frasier star John Mahoney dies aged 77

`Good´ Frasier star John Mahoney dies aged 77

Other film credits include Eight Men Out (1988), Say Anything (1989), Reality Bites (1994) and Dan in Real Life (2007).

He was born in the seaside town of Blackpool, Lancashire, in the northwest of England - his family had moved there from Manchester to escape Nazi air raids.

He then moved to the US after the war and made a career teaching. After briefly working as a teacher, he became editor of a technical publication, The Journal for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals.

Mahoney got his acting start in Chicago relatively lately, when he was 40 in the late 1970s, after fellow actors John Malkovich and Gary Sinise invited him to join the then-nascent Steppenwolf, according to the Chicago Tribune. From there he went on to the film industry.

John Mahoney was approaching the age of 40 when he made a decision to chuck in his safe and secure job - complete with a generous pension - to see if he had it in him to become an actor. Mahoney earned two Emmy nominations for playing the curmudgeonly dad on the hit sitcom, which ran on NBC from 1993-2004.

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Mahoney's voice may also be recognizable to younger generations, as he recorded dialogue for several animated movies in the late 90s and early 2000s, including Antz, The Iron Giant, and Atlantis: The Lost Empire.

His final role was on his beloved Chicago theater stage in the play The Rembrandt, which wrapped last November.

His publicist, Paul Martino, told The Hollywood Reporter that Mahoney passed away on Sunday in his adopted hometown of Chicago after a brief hospitalisation.

While his character on Frasier, Martin "Marty" Crane, is a gruff retired police officer with a distinct American accent, Mahoney himself was English. His passing was announced by his manager and said he had died after a short illness. His cause of death was from complications from cancer.

The sitcom's casting director, Jeff Greenberg, tweeted: "I've not known a kinder man nor more brilliant actor. We were all blessed to have spent 11 glorious years together".