Date of Birth : Jun 20th 1940
Award-winning English/American actor known for playing the retired police officer father, Martin “Marty” Crane, of Kelsey Grammer’s character, Dr. Frasier Crane, in the popular American TV series Frasier (NBC, 1993-2004).
Disillusioned with his career, Mahoney said he realized that as he was approaching middle age, he was coming to terms with his future, which made him very depressed. Ready for a change, Mahoney took acting classes at St. Nicholas Theater that inspired him to quit his day job and pursue acting full time, and after a stage production in 1977, fellow actor John Malkovich encouraged him to join Steppenwolf Theatre. He did so, and went on to win the Clarence Derwent Award as Most Promising Male Newcomer, and, in 1986, Broadway’s Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in John Guare’s The House of Blue Leaves.
He made his film debut in 1980, and has played supporting roles in such films as Suspect and Moonstruck (both 1987 and both starring Cher), Eight Men Out, Frantic and Betrayed (all three 1988), Say Anything… (1989), Barton Fink (1991), The Water Engine (1992), In the Line of Fire (1993), Striking Distance (1993), The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), The American President (1995), Primal Fear (1996), and The Broken Hearts Club (2000). Although he has often played “good guy” roles, Mahoney has occasionally gone into “bad guy” territory, evident by his work in Reality Bites as a diva talk show host who torments Winona Ryder’s character.
He appeared in Frasier from its inception in 1993 until the final episode in 2004, and received numerous Emmy and Golden Globe award nominations for this role. Coincidentally, Mahoney also appeared in an episode of Cheers as an inept jingle writer, including a brief conversation with Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer), whose father he would later play.