Actor John Mahoney, best-known for his portrayal of the grouchy and sharp-witted father of the title character in the TV show Frasier, died Sunday. He was 77.
The Steppenwolf Theatre Company confirmed his death, saying in a statement, "John Mahoney passed away due to complications from cancer while in hospice care on Sunday."
For 11 years, from 1993 to 2004, Mahoney played the blue-collar, retired-cop foil to Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce, his dandy and effete sons on the NBC hit show.
Over his career he earned two supporting-actor Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe Award nominations for his role as Martin Crane. On the stage, he won a Tony for his performance in a revival of The House of Blue Leaves in 1986.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Mahoney, who was born in Manchester, England, and moved to the U.S. at 19, became a professional actor somewhat late in life.