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John Mahoney (1940)

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John Mahoney is an American actor, known for playing Martin "Marty" Crane in the American TV series Frasier on NBC. Born in England, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1959. He started his career on the stage in 1977, quickly moving into film in 1980. He appeared in Frasier from its inception in 1993 until the final episode in 2004. He has also worked as a voice actor, and performed on Broadway and in Chicago theatre.

  Biography  

 early life
Mahoney, the seventh of eight children, was born in the seaside resort of Blackpool, Lancashire, England – the town to which his mother was evacuated as the Mahoneys' home city of Manchester 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 Youth Theatre. His father, Reg, was a baker. 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.

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 Early work
Disillusioned 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.

He made his film debut in 1980, and has played supporting roles in such films as The Manhattan Project as Lt Col Conroy, , Suspect and Moonstruck , Eight Men Out, Frantic and Betrayed , Say Anything... , Barton Fink , The Water Engine , In the Line of Fire , Striking Distance , The Hudsucker Proxy , The American President , Primal Fear , She's the One , and The Broken Hearts Club . Although he has often played "straight-arrow good guy" roles, Mahoney has occasionally gone into villain territory, for example in Reality Bites, in which he played a diva talk show host who torments Winona Ryder's character. He also appeared as infamous New York gangster Jimmy Burke in The Ten Million Dollar Getaway in 1991 and as hateful and insufferable college professor Dr. Leonard Hamlin on an episode of the NBC sit-com 3rd Rock From the Sun.

 Frasier

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. 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.

Mahoney also appeared in an episode of Cheers as an inept jingle writer named Sy Flembeck in the eleventh season, episode 5, including a brief conversation with Frasier Crane , whose father he would later play.

 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 also provided the voices for several characters in the animated film Antz , as well as Preston Whitmore in Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Atlantis: Milo's Return, General Rogard in The Iron Giant , and Kronk's Papi in Kronk's New Groove (succeeded by Jeff Bennett in The Emperor's New School). In 2007, he provided the voice of Sideshow Bob's father, Dr. Robert Terwilliger Sr. in "Funeral for a Fiend", an episode of The Simpsons. This reunited him with his Frasier co-stars Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce, who voiced his character's sons: Sideshow Bob and Cecil, respectively.

 Current work
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 in season 13 of ER as an elderly drag queen in the episode, "Somebody to Love", and in the 2007 romantic comedy film Dan in Real Life, co-starring as the father of Steve Carell, himself a veteran of Chicago theatre. 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. On March 5, 2009 Mahoney made a brief appearance on USA's Burn Notice at the end of its second season. His character, referred to only as "Management", is a senior covert intelligence agency official and apparently the main mover of the conspiracy which blacklisted Michael Westen. He also appeared in the third season finale, broadcast on March 4, 2010—in a cliffhanger that suggests his role will continue into the fourth season.

Mahoney joined the cast of the HBO drama, In Treatment, for the show's second season, portraying a frenetic CEO, overwhelmed by his personal and professional responsibilities, who experiences chronic physical anxiety attacks and arrives for therapy demanding a "quick fix", because his time is of the essence.

In 2010 he made a guest appearance on $#@! My Dad Says as an anti-homosexual retired naval officer, Lt. Cdr. Wally Durham.

Despite all 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 . 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 playing a waiter, and a love interest for Betty White's character, Elka. This reunited him with his Frasier co-stars Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick, who was also his co-star in the movie The American President.

 personal life
Along with on-screen son, David Hyde Pierce, John is godfather to Frasier co-star Jane Leeves's son, Finn.

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