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Thursday 26 April 2018

Mahoney 'was my father, I loved him', says Frasier's Kelsey

Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer

Actor Kelsey Grammer has paid tribute to his Frasier co-star John Mahoney, who died this week aged 77.

Grammer posted a photo of him and his on-screen father on Twitter, writing: "He was my father. I loved him."

Mahoney, who appeared in the long-running series as the lovable but cranky Martin Crane for 11 years, died in Chicago on Sunday.

He earned legions of fans and a Screen Actors Guild award for his portrayal of 'Marty', a retired detective and army veteran.

As well as his celebrated turn in Frasier, Mahoney also appeared in films including the Coen Brothers' Barton Fink and performed as a voice actor and narrator.

He most recently appeared on TV screens in 2015, when he portrayed businessman Andrew Del Mar in an episode of ITV drama Foyle's War.

Blessed

Frasier's casting director Jeff Greenberg tweeted: "I've not known a kinder man nor more brilliant actor.

"We were all blessed to have spent 11 glorious years together."

US actress Peri Gilpin, who appeared alongside him throughout Frasier's 263 episodes, tweeted a picture of Mahoney singing at her wedding.

"Watch Moonstruck, Say Anything and/or Frasier, or anything you can with him in it, and raise a glass to John. Remember him well," she wrote.

The late John Mahoney
The late John Mahoney

Born in Blackpool in 1940 to a family evacuated from wartime Manchester, Mahoney later emigrated to the US.

He was granted citizenship there after service in the military.

Mahoney had been a latecomer to acting.

He began learning his craft on stage aged 40 and won a Tony award for Best Featured Actor in a play in 1986 with John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves, a black comedy.

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