Actor John Mahoney died Sunday at age 77, according to reports. Born in Blackpool, England, in 1940, Mahoney became best known for his role as Martin Crane in NBC’s Frasier, though he didn’t kick-start his acting career until later in life. Mahoney quit his job and started taking acting classes and soon got his first role in David Mamet’s Water Engine in 1977. Four years after pursuing acting, John Malkovich encouraged him to join Chicago’s legendary Steppenwolf Theatre. In 1993, the actor accepted the role of Martin Crane in NBC’s sitcom Frasier. Mahoney received two Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nominations for this role. He remained a regular until Frasier‘s end in 2004. More recently, he had a recurring role in Hot in Cleveland. Mahoney was never married and did not have any children.
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