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John Mahoney, who had a distinguished career as a stage and film actor but was best known for playing Martin Crane, father to Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce on “Frasier,” has passed away. He was 77, and was in hospice care after a cancer diagnosis.
KC's View:
John Mahoney was sort of a hero of mine. I love the idea that he only started acting in his late thirties and early forties, leaving a secure job as a magazine editor to embrace the theater. And I love the fact that while he worked in Hollywood, he remained firmly rooted in the Chicago stage community as a member of the legendary Steppenwolf Theatre company.