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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Remembering John Mahoney 1940 - 2018

Actor John Mahoney, who died Sunday at age 77, was best known for his role as Martin Crane on the 1993-04 NBC sitcom, Frasier, for which he received two Emmy Award nominations. Other television credits include the 1982 NBC drama, Chicago Story, the 1990 ABC drama, H.E.L.P., the 1992 CBS medical drama, The Human Factor, the second season (2009) of the HBO drama, In Treatment, and six episodes (2011-14) of the TV Land sitcom, Hot in Cleveland (as Betty White's boyfriend).

He also appeared in many films, including Tin Men (1987), Suspect (1987), Moonstruck (1987), Frantic (1988), Betrayed (1988), Eight Men Out (1988), Say Anything (1989), Love Hurts (1990), The Russia House (1990), Barton Fink (1991), Article 99 (1992), In the Line of Fire (1993), Reality Bites (1994), The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), The American President (1995), Primal Fear (1996), She's the One (1996), Antz (1998), The Iron Giant (1999), The Broken Hearts Club (2000), Dan in Real Life (2007) and Flipped (2010).

Mahoney won the 1986 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for The House of Blue Leaves. He also starred in the 2007 Broadway revival of Prelude to a Kiss. In 1979, he became an ensemble member of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company and received a 1985 Theatre World Award for Steppenwolf's Off-Broadway production of Orphans.

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate John Mahoney's life and career.

A 1984 sales video for American Slide-Chart

The House of Blue Leaves (1986) with Swoosie Kurtz (it was filmed in 1987 for the PBS series, American Playhouse)

The 40th Annual Tony Awards on June 1, 1986

Tin Men (1987) with Richard Dreyfuss

Moonstruck (1987) with Olympia Dukakis

Say Anything (1989) with John Cusack

NBC's Cheers on October 29, 1992

NBC's Frasier on March 17, 1994

Primal Fear (1996) with Richard Gere

In March 2014, Chicago Sun-Times theater critic Hedy Weiss interviewed Mahoney and Penny Slusher when they starred in the Northlight Theatre production of Chapatti.


mike/ said...

I am so happy I was able to see him in "The Rembrandt" at Steppenwolf in October. He enriched my life in so many ways. As I commented elsewhere, I'm sure he and Eddie Crane are sharing sardines and liver paté on some stage or soundstage somewhere!

dmappin said...

I loved Mahoney. I cannot imagine the show Frasier without him and who could forget him in The Broken Hearts Club.

The TV world will be a little more empty with his absence.