Prior to his illustrious Frasier run, which earned him two Golden Globe nominations and two Primetime Emmy nominations, the British actor guested on myriad TV series including Chicago Story, Cheers (though not as Frasier’s “dead” dad but playing a jingle writer named Sy), Becker and 3rd Rock From the Sun. He also costarred on the 1990 ABC drama H.E.L.P. and the 1992 CBS medical drama The Human Factor.
Since Frasier wrapped, he had appeared on series such as ER, In Treatment (in a recurring role), Burn Notice and a half-dozen episodes of Hot in Cleveland. Most recently, he guested in a 2015 episode of the ITV drama Foyle’s War.
Mahoney’s film credits, meanwhile, included Moonstruck, Say Anything, Eight Men Out and The American President.
In a statement obtained by TVLine, Frasier star Kelsey Grammer, the actor simply said, “He was my father. I loved him.”
And Jane Leeves, who played Frasier‘s Daphne Moon, released the following statement: “John was the dearest sweetest man I have ever known. His wicked sense of humor, usually whispered in your ear or spoken just loud enough that only you could hear, could bring you to tears. And his smile. Oh my God. He was lit from within. How lucky I am to have had him in my life. I loved him so much and will miss him so terribly.”
Frasier‘s Peri Gilpin was among peers to remember Mahoney via Twitter:
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