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Also Known As: John R Mahoney Died:
Born: June 20, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Manchester, England, GB Profession: actor, college teacher, editor, hospital orderly

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A versatile and prolific character actor of stage, film and television, John Mahoney made a living playing gruff, hardscrabble, blue collar characters before making himself a household name as Marty Crane on the hit sitcom "Frasier" (NBC, 1993-2004). Prior to his Emmy-nominated success on the show, Mahoney had a late and rather unorthodox entry into professional acting after going through an early midlife crisis in his 30s. He dropped his job as a magazine editor and began taking acting classes in Chicago, which quickly led to making his professional debut in David Mamet's "The Water Engine" (1977). Since that time, Mahoney rapidly developed as a strong and highly-sought character performer who specialized in cranky authority figures. Eventually, he triumphed on stages in New York, which led to prominent feature roles in "Say Anything" (1989) and "Barton Fink" (1991). But a fortuitous guest shot on "Cheers" (NBC, 1982-1993) led to a friendship with Kelsey Grammer and the role on "Frasier" that turned him into star, giving Mahoney ample opportunity to display his talents in a wide variety of film and television projects for the rest of his career.

A versatile and prolific character actor of stage, film and television, John Mahoney made a living playing gruff, hardscrabble, blue collar characters before making himself a household name as Marty Crane on the hit sitcom "Frasier" (NBC, 1993-2004). Prior to his Emmy-nominated success on the show, Mahoney had a late and rather unorthodox entry into professional acting after going through an early midlife crisis in his 30s. He dropped his job as a magazine editor and began taking acting classes in Chicago, which quickly led to making his professional debut in David Mamet's "The Water Engine" (1977). Since that time, Mahoney rapidly developed as a strong and highly-sought character performer who specialized in cranky authority figures. Eventually, he triumphed on stages in New York, which led to prominent feature roles in "Say Anything" (1989) and "Barton Fink" (1991). But a fortuitous guest shot on "Cheers" (NBC, 1982-1993) led to a friendship with Kelsey Grammer and the role on "Frasier" that turned him into star, giving Mahoney ample opportunity to display his talents in a wide variety of film and television projects for the rest of his career.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Flipped (2010)
2.
 Dan in Real Life (2007)
3.
 Atlantis: Milo's Return (2003) Voice Of Whitmore
4.
 Atlantis: the Lost Empire (2001) Voice Of Preston Whitmore
5.
 Almost Salinas (2001) Max
6.
 Broken Hearts Club, The (2000) Jack
7.
 The Iron Giant (1999) Voice Of General Rogard
8.
 Antz (1998) Voice Of Drunk Scout
9.
 Primal Fear (1996) John Shaughnessy
10.
 She's The One (1996) Mr Fitzpatrick
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1940:
Born during the German blitz of England during WWII
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Was a member of Stratford Children's Theatre from age 10 to 13
1960:
Moved to US after high school
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Joined the US Army
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Worked on losing his British accent
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Taught English at Western Illinois University
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Worked as freelance editor of medical manuscripts and associate editor, <i>Quality Review Bulletin</i>
1977:
Enrolled in classes at Chicago's St. Nicholas Theater (co-founded by David Mamet); met John Malkovich
1977:
Made professional stage debut in "The Water Engine" in Chicago at age 37
1979:
Joined the Steppenwolf Theatre Company; appeared in Steppenwolf production of "The Hothouse", "Taking Steps", "Death of a Salesman"
1982:
Film debut, "Mission Hill"
1982:
TV series debut, "Chicago Story" (NBC)
1983:
TV-movie debut, "Listen to Your Heart" (CBS)
1985:
NY stage debut, "Orphans"
1986:
Won a Tony Award for his performance in John Guare's "The House of Blue Leaves"
1987:
Cast in the award winning "Moonstruck" starring Cher
1989:
Played Ione Skye's father in Cameron Crowe's "Say Anything"
1993:
Played retired police officer father, Martin "Marty" Crane on the long running NBC series, "Frasier"; earned Golden Globe (1994, 2001) and Emmy (1999, 2003) nominations for Best Supporting Actor
1994:
Had a small role as a diva talk show host who torments Winona Ryder's character in "Reality Bites"
1998:
Returned to Steppenwolf to star in revival of "The Man Who Came to Dinner"; production transferred to London for brief run, marking Mahoney's London stage debut
2001:
Co-starred in the L.A. premiere of the stage drama "The Weir"
2007:
Co-starred in the Broadway revival of the play "Prelude to a Kiss"
2007:
Co-starred as the father of Steve Carell and Dane Cook in "Dan in Real Life"
2009:
Joined cast of provocative HBO series, "In Treatment"
2010:
Appeared in the coming-of-age drama "Flipped," based on Wendelin Van Draanen's novel of the same name
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Education

Quincy College: Quincy , Illinois -
Western Illinois University: Macomb , Illinois -

Notes

"The best part of being a character actor is that you're available for so much more work. If you're a star, you usually have a certain persona, and you're rarely ever able to break away from it. I'm not bound by any image."--John Mahoney, New York's Daily News, July 20, 1993.

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