Actor John Mahoney, best known as the title character's father on Frasier, has died. He was 77.
On Frasier, Mahoney played Martin Crane. Martin was a retired police officer who fathered both Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and Niles Crane (David Hyde Pierce). His character suffered a gunshot wound, which lead to his retirement and moving into Frasier's home.
Mahoney was an acclaimed actor earning a SAG Award for the NBC sitcom and a Tony Award for portraying Artie in the play The House of Blue Leaves. He also earned Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for his Frasier role.
He was also known for appearing the TV Land sitcom in Hot in Cleveland, as a suitor for Elka Ostrovsky (Betty White).
He also had guest roles on Cheers, Becker, ER, Burn Notice and 3rd Rock from the Sun. In film, he had roles in Say Anything..., The American President, Reality Bites, Barton Fink and Dan in Real Life.
Fans took to Twitter to mourn the late actor's passing, with many citing their love his work on Frasier.
Actually tearing up at work," fan Chris Ross wrote. "Frasier is and always will be my favourite sitcom. RIP, John Mahoney. "
TV critic Alan Sepinwall added, "Dammit. Incredible on Frasier, and one of the best parts of the most sneakily great drama seasons ever, In Treatment season 2. RIP."
Had just started a Frasier rewatch. Mahoney keeps the whole thing grounded, no matter how ridiculous the Crane boys are behaving.— Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall) February 5, 2018
Actually tearing up at work.February 5, 2018
Among the online mourner was Modern Family casting director Jeff Greenberg. Greenberg previous served as casting director for Frasier. He shared a somber message alongside a photo of himself with the Frasier cast.
"The great John Mahoney passed away today at age 77," Greenberg wrote. "I've not known a kinder man nor more brilliant actor. We were all blessed to have spent 11 glorious years together."
Grammer and Pierce have yet to address Mahoney's passing.