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Actor Who Played Dad on Frasier Is Dead at 77

RIP, John Mahoney
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2018 5:32 PM CST

(Newser) – John Mahoney, the actor most famous for playing the curmudgeonly father of Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce on Frasier, has died at age 77, reports TMZ. The cause of the death isn't clear, but Mahoney died while in hospice care in Chicago, according to the website. Mahoney had plenty of other acting credits, including parts in the movies Tin Men, Moonstruck, and Eight Men Out, but he's best known for his role playing retired cop Martin Crane in the TV series, which ran from 1993-2004. He picked up two supporting actor Emmy nominations along the way. The Hollywood Reporter has an interesting nugget: Mahoney worked as editor of a medical magazine until he was nearly 40 before quitting to pursue acting. Prior to that, he taught English. (Read more Frasier stories.)

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