The Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago said Mahoney, who was a member of the ensemble for 39 years, died Sunday due to complications from cancer while in hospice care.
During the 11 years of Frasier Mahoney, who was nominated for two Golden Globes and two Emmys. The cause of death was not immediately provided.
He was homesick at first but studied at Quincy College, then joined the USA army to speed up his application for citizenship before gaining a master's degree in English from Western Illinois University. He always had an interest in acting, but didn't study the medium until he was almost 40. He made his debut in The Water Engine at age 37. The theater invited ticketholders to gather at the theater for a moment of silence. He starred in The Misanthrope, The Price and What the Butler Saw before venturing to NY. He starred in "Prelude to a Kiss" on Broadway and various Steppenwolf productions, including "The Birthday Party" and "The Rembrandt".
One of Mahoney's first TV credits was in NBC's Chicago Story in 1982.
Most recently, Mahoney played Betty White's suitor Roy on Hot in Cleveland. Nine years later, he was a Tony-winning actor. Other film credits include Eight Men Out (1988), Say Anything (1989), Reality Bites (1994) and Dan in Real Life (2007).
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.
While his character on Frasier, Martin "Marty" Crane, is a gruff retired police officer with a distinct American accent, Mahoney himself was English. On Monday, February 5, news spread that beloved actor John Mahoney had passed away at the age of 77. "All are welcome to join us", wrote the official Twitter account of the Steppenwolf Theatre. Tonight's opening night performance of You Got Older has been cancelled.
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