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John Mahoney, who played Frasier's Martin Crane, dies aged 77

07 February 2018

The star of the hit television sit-com Frasier, John Mahoney, has died aged 77, according to his publicist.

John Mahoney, famously known as Martin Crane, appears on the set during the filming of the final episode of "Frasier" in Los Angeles. Tributes have begun rolling in across various social media platforms from fellow actors and film industry titans, remembering his great work in television, cinema and theatre.

John Mahoney, far right, with his Frasier co-stars David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin, Kelsey Grammer and Jane Leeves.

He was encourage to pursue a career in acting after meeting John Malkovich in a Chicago acting class, who urged him to join the Steppenwolf theatre company.

The Steppenwolf canceled Monday's scheduled performance in honor of Mahoney.

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For that role, he won a SAG Award in 2000.

Born in Blackpool, England, in 1940, Mahoney chose to move to the U.S.at age 19 after visiting his war bride sister in the states.

Mahoney played the iconic role of Martin Crane for all 11 seasons of the popular sitcom until 2004.

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

In 1986, Mahoney won a Tony Award for Best Actor in "The House of Blue Leaves".

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He served in the USA army for three years before becoming a citizen and receiving a bachelor's degree from Quincy College in IL. "We were all blessed to have spent 11 glorious years together".

"It is with our deepest sorrow that we share the news that ensemble member of 39 years John Mahoney passed away due to complications from cancer while in hospice care on Sunday", Steppenwolf wrote on Facebook.

As well as Frasier, he also had beloved roles in Cheers and 3rd Rock From The Sun, as well as big screen classics including The American President, Moonstruck, In the Line of Fire, and Say Anything.

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John Mahoney, who played Frasier's Martin Crane, dies aged 77