John Mahoney

John Mahoney

Born: June 20, 1940
Age: 77
Birthplace: Blackpool, Lancashire, England
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Biography

John Mahoney (born 20 June 1940) is a British-American actor. Born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, Mahoney started his career on the stage in 1977 as the body double for Steve McQueen and moved into film in 1980. He played Martin Crane in the American sitcom Frasier on NBC from 1993 to 2004. He has also worked as a voice actor, and performed on Broadway and in Chicago theatre.

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Early life

Mahoney, the seventh of eight children, was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England. The family was evacuated to Blackpool from the Mahoneys' home city of Manchester, when it was heavily bombed during the Second World War. He started school at St Joseph's College, Blackpool. After the war, the Mahoneys moved back to Manchester. Mahoney grew up in the Withington area of the city and discovered acting at the Stretford Children's Theatre. His Irish father, Reg, was a baker who played classical piano, and his mother, Margaret, was a housewife who loved reading. His parents' marriage was not happy and they either would not speak to each other or have heated arguments. The family situation combined with the war fueled Mahoney's interest in acting and he vowed to leave Manchester. Mahoney moved to the United States as a young man when his older sister, Vera, a war bride living in rural Illinois, agreed to sponsor him. He studied at Quincy University, Illinois, before joining the United States Army to speed up the U.S. citizenship process; he received citizenship in 1959. He lived in Macomb, Illinois, and taught English at Western Illinois University in the early 1970s, before settling in Forest Park, Illinois, and later in Oak Park, Illinois. He served as editor of a medical journal through much of the decade.

Career

Early work

Dissatisfied with his career, Mahoney took acting classes at St. Nicholas Theatre, which inspired him to quit his day job and pursue acting full-time, and after a stage production in 1977, 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. Gary Sinise, co-founder of Steppenwolf, said in an interview for Bomb Magazine that Lyle Kessler's play Orphans "kicked John Mahoney, Kevin Anderson and Terry Kinney off into the movie business" after their Steppenwolf performance in it where he won the Derwent Award and the Theatre World Award. He won Broadway's Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves.

Mahoney's first major film role was in the 1987 Barry Levinson film Tin Men. He went on to have prominent roles in a number of acclaimed films throughout the late 1980s and 1990s, including Eight Men Out, Say Anything..., In the Line of Fire, Reality Bites, and The American President. He has appeared in two Coen brothers films: Barton Fink and The Hudsucker Proxy.

Frasier

Main article: Martin Crane

Mahoney appeared in Frasier from its inception in 1993 until the final episode in 2004; Mahoney received two Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nominations for this role. He played the role of Martin "Marty" Crane, the father of Frasier Crane and Niles Crane. NBC executives so highly esteemed Mahoney that Warren Littlefield declared he was pre-approved when the Frasier creative team suggested casting him as the father. Prior to appearing on the series, Mahoney appeared in episode 5 season 11 of Cheers as inept jingle writer Sy Flembeck and has a brief conversation with Frasier Crane. Mahoney also appeared as a priest in Becker which starred Cheers star Ted Danson.

Voice acting

Mahoney's first voice job was in W. B. Yeats' "The Words upon the Window-Pane" for the award-winning National Radio Theater of Chicago. He provided the voices for several characters in the animated film Antz (1998), Preston Whitmore in Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Atlantis: Milo's Return, General Rogard in The Iron Giant (1999), and Kronk's Papi in Kronk's New Groove (but is succeeded by Jeff Bennett in The Emperor's New School). In 2007, he provided the voice of Dr. Robert Terwilliger Sr. (Sideshow Bob's father) in The Simpsons episode "Funeral for a Fiend". This reunited him with his Frasier co-stars Kelsey Grammer (Sideshow Bob) and David Hyde Pierce (Cecil, Sideshow Bob's brother).

Post-Frasier

Mahoney co-starred as The Old Man in the Broadway revival of the play Prelude to a Kiss at the American Airlines Theater in a limited-run engagement from previews February 17, 2007 through April 29, 2007. He appeared as an elderly drag queen in the ER season 13 episode "Somebody to Love", and co-starring as Steve Carell's father (himself a veteran of Chicago theatre) in the 2007 romantic comedy film Dan in Real Life. In March 2008, he opened in the world premiere of Better Late at the Northlight Theatre. He is also the narrator for Midwest Airlines commercials. Mahoney also made two appearances on USA's Burn Notice in the second (2009) and third (2010) season finales. His character, referred to only as "Management", is a senior intelligence agency official that is the apparent main mover of the conspiracy which blacklisted Michael Westen.

Mahoney joined the cast of the HBO drama In Treatment for the show's second season (2009) as a frenetic CEO who is overwhelmed by his personal and professional responsibilities and experiences chronic physical anxiety attacks. In 2010, he made a guest appearance on $#@! My Dad Says as homophobic retired naval officer Lt. Commander Wally Durham. Despite the numerous successes throughout his career, Mahoney has maintained that his early work in Lyle Kessler's play Orphans has "affected people more than any other play I've ever done. I still get mail from it, I still get people stopping me on the street, and it's twenty years later."

Beginning in April 2011, Mahoney began rehearsing The Outgoing Tide, a new play by Bruce Graham at Northlight Theatre in Skokie, Illinois (suburban Chicago). The play also stars fellow Chicago actors Rondi Reed and Thom Cox. In 2011, he had two guest appearances on the TV Land sitcom Hot In Cleveland as Roy, a waiter and a love interest for Betty White's character, Elka. This reunited him with his Frasier co-star Jane Leeves as well as Wendie Malick whose character he eventually married in Frasier and his co-star in the movie The American President. Mahoney was a featured ensemble cast member in The Birthday Party, playing in Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre from January 24 to April 28, 2013.

Personal life

Along with David Hyde Pierce, Mahoney is godfather to Frasier co-star Jane Leeves' son, Finn. Mahoney has scarcely talked about his private life, but in a 2002 article he revealed he has been in several relationships, although he has never married. Mahoney lives in Oak Park, Illinois.

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1985 Code of Silence Prowler Representative
1986 The Manhattan Project Lt. Col. Conroy
1987 Suspect Judge Matthew Bishop Helms
1987 Tin Men Moe Adams
1987 Moonstruck Perry
1988 Frantic U.S. Embassy Official
1988 Betrayed Shorty
1988 Eight Men Out William 'Kid' Gleason
1989 Say Anything... James Court
1990 Love Hurts Boomer
1990 The Russia House Brady
1991 Barton Fink W.P. Mayhew
1992 Article 99 Dr. Henry Dreyfoos
1993 In the Line of Fire Sam Campagna
1993 Striking Distance Lt. Vince Hardy
1994 A Hard Rain Ross Stewart Short film
1994 Reality Bites Grant Gubler
1994 The Hudsucker Proxy Chief
1995 The American President Leo Solomon
1996 Primal Fear Shaughnessy
1996 She's the One Mr. Fitzpatrick
1998 Antz Grebs Voice
1999 The Iron Giant General Kenneth Rogard Voice
2000 The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy Jack
2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire Preston B. Whitmore Voice
2007 Dan in Real Life Poppy
2010 Flipped Chet Duncan
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1982 Chicago Story Lt. Roselli
1985 Lady Blue Capt. Flynn Movie
1986 Trapped in Silence Doctor Winslow Movie
1987 Saturday Night Live Fast Eddie Felson
Paul Newman
Episode: "Charlton Heston/Wynton Marsalis"
1987 American Playhouse Artie Shaughnessy Episode: "The House of Blue Leaves"
1988 Favorite Son Lou Brenner Episode: "Part One"
1990 The Image Irv Mickelson Movie
1990 H.E.L.P. Chief Patrick Meacham 6 episodes
1992 The Human Factor Dr. Alec McMurtry 5 episodes
1992 The Water Engine Mason Gross Movie
1992 Screenplay Walter Partin Episode: "Buying a Landslide"
1992 Cheers Sy Flembeck Episode: "Do Not Forsake Me, O' My Postman"
1992 Unnatural Pursuits Paddy Quinn Episode: "I Don't Do Cuddles"
1993-2004 Frasier Martin Crane 264 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Nominated-Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries, or Television Film
Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated-Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Comedy Series
Nominated-Satellite Award for Best Actor - Television Series Musical or Comedy
Nominated-Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Nominated-TV Guide Award for Supporting Actor of the Year in a Comedy Series
1995 Biography Narrator Episode: "Al Capone: Scarface"
1996 3rd Rock from the Sun Dr. Leonard Hamlin Episode: "Body & Soul & Dick"
1997 Tracey Takes On... Jeffrey Ayliss Episode: "Childhood"
1998 Nothing Sacred Vince Reyneaux Episode: "The Coldest Night of the Year"
2000 Becker Father Joe D'Andrea Episode: "Crosstalk"
2000 Teacher's Pet Narrator / Tim Tim Tim (voice) Episode: #1.12
2003 Gary the Rat Steele (voice) Episode: "Strange Bedfellows"
2005 Fathers and Sons Gene Movie
2006 ER Bennett Cray Episode "Somebody to Love"
2007 Mobsters Narrator Episode: "Al Capone"
2007 The Simpsons Dr. Robert Terwilliger, Sr. (voice) Episode: "Funeral for a Fiend"
2009 In Treatment Walter Barnett 7 episodes
Nominated-PRISM Award for Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline
2009, 2010 Burn Notice Management 2 episodes
2010 $#*! My Dad Says Lt. Col. Wally Durham Episode: "The Manly Thing to Do"
2011, 2014 Hot in Cleveland Roy 6 episodes
2015 Foyle's War Andrew Del Mar Episode: "High Castle"
Direct-to-video
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Atlantis: Milo's Return Preston B. Whitmore Voice
2005 Kronk's New Groove Papi Voice
Charities

John Mahoney supports the following charitable causes: Breast Cancer, Cancer, Women's Issues.

[ Source: Wikipedia ]