John Mahoney, Beloved Dad Martin Crane on ‘Frasier,’ Dies at 77

(From NBC News)

John Mahoney, the classically trained British-born character actor who excelled at portraying working-class Americans — most famously the ex-cop father to two effete sons on the TV series “Frasier” — has died at age 77, Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, his longtime stage home, told NBC News on Monday.

Mahoney died of cancer Sunday in Chicago. Steppenwolf confirmed Mahoney’s death, which was first reported by TMZ, and said it was canceling Monday night’s performances in tribute.

“John’s impact on this institution, on Chicago theatre, and the world of arts and entertainment is great and will endure,” Madeline Long, a spokeswoman for the theater, said in an emailed statement. “Our hearts go out to John and his family, and to our collective Steppenwolf family.”

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