Tributes as Frasier actor John Mahoney dies, aged 77

6 February 2018, 10:02 | Updated: 6 February 2018, 10:10

"It was a great pleasure to know him and work with him."

Tributes have been paid to John Mahoney, who has passed away at the age of 77.

The British-born actor was best known for playing Martin Crane in classic sitcom Frasier, where he played the curmudgeonly but good-natured father of the title character and his brother Niles.

John Mahoney in Frasier

He was also a member of the Steppenwolf theatre company for 39 years.

“It is with our deepest sorrow that we share the news that ensemble member of 39 years John Mahoney passed away,” the company wrote. “Tonight’s opening night performance of You Got Older has been cancelled. We are instead inviting all to gather in Front Bar this evening. All are welcome to join us.”

Born in Blackpool, where his mother was evacuated to escape Nazi raids during World War Two, Mahoney moved to America as a young man. 

“I’ve not known a kinder man nor more brilliant actor,” Frasier casting director Jeff Greenberg wrote. “We were all blessed to have spent 11 glorious years together.”

Peri Gilpin, who played Roz in Frasier, also shared a photo of Mahoney singing at her wedding, asking fans to "remember him well".