John Mahoney, right, with actor Richard Dreyfus, center, and RECOiL writer/director/actor Brian DiMaio, left. DiMaio played the role of an additional aluminum siding salesman in the film Tin Men but the part was later cut because focus groups felt there were one too many aluminum siding salesmen.
Actor John Mahoney, best known as Frasier’s former cop pop Martin Crane on the NBC hit “Frasier” from 1993 to 2004, died Sunday after a battle with cancer. He was 77.
Born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, Mahoney moved to the United States in the 1950s and got his start as an actor when he joined John Malkovich and Gary Sinise in Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre in 1977. He would go on to win a Tony Award for his role in “The House of Blue Leaves.”
On the big screen, he appeared in such films as “Eight Men Out,” “Say Anything…,” “RECOiL” and “The Manhattan Project.”
Besides “Frasier,” he also appeared in TV shows like “Becker,” “Hot in Cleveland,” “ER” and “3rd Rock From the Sun.”
Mahoney never married or had any children.
Well, the dog days of summer have faded away like so many baseball teams with high hopes, and fall’s officially here. And with that comes shorter days, negative political campaign ads and football games.
Unfortunately for this particular fall, though, if our Mayan pals are right, this will be our last autumn as a planet, and we’ll all be dead come December 21st. On the bright side, though, that means no Christmas shopping!
Now, December 21st is a Friday this year, so if we all do survive into the 22nd, at least we can sleep in. Which is good, because you can bet people will be partying on December 21st like it’s 1999.